Professor Helu speaks at the 'Atenisi University Seminar in celebration of his 70th birthday. Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga, 2004.
At 70, Helu had already had several strokes and each time he had recovered enough to teach philosophy again. He was no longer as lucid a speaker as he once was. Some of the long pauses have thus been edited out of this clip but his visionary ideas on education are still there.
The speech is a polemic against the degeneration of positive standards in modern culture and education and a summary of his realist philosophy of education for the Pacific.
This is a philosophy that is still under threat from the economics driven and utilitarian development models that dominant local governments advocate, models that only serve to keep Pacific peoples intellectually subordinated.