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AuthorLaura Toailoa

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April 10, 2017

Moving from South Auckland to central Wellington, the decrease of Pacific culture/language/people I saw daily was a culture shock. Living in the CBD, I didn’t know where to go to find Pacific culture near me. I found solace at the Tangata o le Moana exhibition at Te Papa Tongarewa. In a city that felt so […]

April 3, 2017

It’s a strange feeling reading stories set in contemporary Samoa. Having read books almost exclusively set in America or England, a defining aspect of the fictional world was that I never saw my real world in there. My fiction never had Aoga Faifeau, Pili (Tagaloa’s son), the makeki fou, and characters with names like Filemuepeiolelupeuatulelauolivemalueleonononafaauoiaue. […]

April 3, 2017

I like watching a movie for the first time knowing as little as possible about it prior. I avoid trailers and ratings — I like to keep an element of surprise. I went into The Martian thinking it was going to be about J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter. All I knew about One Thousand Ropes […]

March 27, 2017

How do I write about you in the office without breaking down and making everyone in the room feel awkward? How useless are my philosophical ponderings on the concept of death, when this very regular and inevitable result of mortality happens and it just fucking hurts.   How could I not think I had a […]

March 4, 2017

I had my reservations about Moana. I braced myself for cringe-worthy cultural misunderstandings and outright disrespectful and offensive representations. The conversations about the film began long before its release, much to the annoyance of those who felt social media was being flooded with irrelevant opinions. After the release of a teaser clip of a scene […]

March 3, 2017

As part of Circa Theatre’s WTF! Women’s Theatre Festival, arts collective The Conch put together a two-part event on February 25 celebrating Pacific women’s performative art. During the day, Nina Nawalowalo, Tusiata Avia, and Anapela Polataivao shared their stories and experiences of creating and performing art that was not only challenging in subject matter, but […]

February 26, 2017

Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it’s worth. — Mary Schmich   Dear first year, fresher, freshman, fresh off the boat, It’s hard to gain perspective when you’re in […]

October 8, 2016

Shout out to the loyal readers of this little slab of Salient. Shout out to everyone who has written for One Ocean—it’s been an honour sharing this space with you. Shout out to those who ventured out of One Ocean and wrote in the “mainstream” part. Shout out to the staff who after all these […]

September 24, 2016

I’ve backspaced several attempts at writing something related to work. I started writing about how we imagine our future not simply as a pursuit of a desired career, but also as what will benefit our families (especially financially). I then started writing about how easy it is to devalue certain jobs because they’re not as […]