Intercultural education is often a contested area. This is true of Pasifika education, the education in Aotearoa New Zealand of students with links to Pacific Island nations. Despite shifts of framing, one area identified as significant in Pasifika education is student–teacher relationships. This article describes two phases of research which pay attention to these relationships. One mines teacher responses to student-made video. The second draws data from teacher-made videos following professional development. The Pacific relational concept of vā, relational space, formed part of teachers’ learning opportunities. The article argues for the potential of reunderstanding Pasifika education through contextualised Pacific concepts.