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AuthorLaura Toailoa

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July 17, 2017

My imagination of New Zealand history rarely includes the role of Pacific migrants during the growth of New Zealand’s economy in the 1960s, their subsequent racist treatment through to the 1970s, and the organised and effective action taken by the children of those migrants to combat New Zealand’s systemic racism. I knew next to nothing […]

July 17, 2017

Namesake is an exhibition created by close friends Quishile Charan and Salome Ofa Tanuvasa. Using textiles, audiovisual, and illustration, Quishile and Salome explore ideas of cultural heritage, a sense of home and displacement, and thinking about the different creative sites of knowledge that aren’t always considered legitimate. Sitting on the floor of the gallery threading […]

July 17, 2017

Over the mid-year break, three VUW Pasifika Students’ Associations participated in their respective annual national tertiary student conferences: Taokota’ianga, So’otaga, and Amatakiloa. The annual conferences allows students across the country to celebrate cultural identity and discuss issues affecting their communities. The Cook Islands Students’ Association (VUWCIA) hosted this year’s Taokota’ianga from July 6–9. There were […]

June 6, 2017

Dr Lance O’Sullivan’s interruption of the Kaitaia screening of the 2016 documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe on May 22 is part of a wider and ongoing dispute over vaccinations, that began with 1998 research now declared fraudulent.

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 […]