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One Ocean

September 18, 2017

Koe anga faka tonga Last week VUW celebrated Tongan Language Week and our theme for this year is “Fakakoloa Aotearoa ‘aki ‘ae nofo ‘a kainga,” which means “Enriching Aotearoa with our family values.” One aspect of our Tongan culture that always interests me the most are the four core values that differentiate us from our […]

August 21, 2017

Palemia Book Launch I remember when I was still very young, my mother asked me who my social science teacher was. Then she asked, “who were the first people that discovered Samoa?” My colonised and textbook-minded self answered proudly: European whalers and traders. My mother shook her head. I tried again: “It was that Roggeveen […]

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 17, 2017

A very warm welcome to all returning and new students. Hope you are all wrapping up warm in this wet, windy, and wintry weather. Rest assured in the knowledge that the love, support, and prayers of your family and loved ones will carry you through the trials and tribulations of another challenging trimester.   Congratulations […]

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 15, 2017

FA’AFETAI — Thank You The first memory I have of a lecturer is of Teresia Teaiwa. On my first day at uni (during O-Week), she delivered a mock-lecture for us first year students. Being a Pacific Islander, and a recent immigrant to New Zealand, I was feeling quite small. The buildings seemed to be swallowing […]