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September 25, 2017

Last week was Papua New Guinea’s 42nd Independence Day! I was at home (Samoa) during the pre-celebrations and my mum, being from PNG, took us with her. Listening to the speeches and examining the intricate knitting that went into the hundreds of bilums* I saw, I was reminded of how far we’ve come as a […]

August 14, 2017

YouTube comments sections are a lot of fun. Some people get so extra about the most trivial things, and there’s always that account that you just know is trolling. Which is cool… …until it’s your cultural practices and indigenous art forms that are being degraded. That’s how I felt last week when I was watching […]

August 7, 2017

A few weeks ago, I was sitting on my flight to Wellington thinking, time for another trimester of of uni. I have soooo much to do and 0.00 ideas on how to get everything done! As the aircraft steadied itself at cruising altitude, the guy beside me got his laptop and a trillion other things […]

July 31, 2017

I’m going to be honest and say that this is the first time I’ve written a piece about anything even distantly related to LGBTQ+ communities. Truth is, in regards to sexual orientation and gender, before I came to New Zealand, I didn’t know — and wasn’t allowed to know — much about any person, idea, […]

July 31, 2017

CW: Mention of rape   “Mama told me tie my hair back all the way…” — Grace, “Dirty Harry” (2015)   A lot of Pasifika people can attest to the fact that we get lots of advice growing up, especially if we’re girls. I’m from two of the Pacific’s regions — Melanesia (on my mum’s […]

June 6, 2017

Last week was Samoan Language Week and I feel that language weeks can be good and bad (this is just my own fiapoko* opinion, k?) O itū lelei (the good): They emphasise the fact that our languages are legitimate, learnable, even lyrical (Samoan metaphors, uce, gotta love those!) They raise national, even regional awareness that […]

May 29, 2017

Representation Two weeks ago, in writing about Dr Teresia Teaiwa, I talked briefly about the issue of Pasifika representation. It got me thinking: How well are we represented in mainstream society? Is our presence known? If not, whose responsibility is it to change the situation? I went over these questions for a few days, and […]

May 29, 2017

“The first thing we demand of a wall is that it shall stand up. If it stands up, it is a good wall, and the question of what purpose it serves is separable from that. And yet even the best wall in the world deserves to be pulled down if it surrounds a concentration camp.” […]

May 22, 2017

They turned the sky over And its tears became a tangle of inflected waves Riding the houses and palm trees, Playing rugby on the pavements and shouting “TRY!” as they crashed onto newly-sealed roads, Carrying fridges and television sets and pieces of little children into fishing nets that were pretending to be volley nets for […]