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One Ocean

October 16, 2017

The Pasifika Students’ Council (PSC) is a representative group for Pasifika students here at VUW. My journey through this academic year as the Public Relations/Events Officer has been one heck of a ride. I used to be that anti-social scholarship student from Samoa who for the first two years of university stuck with the same […]

October 9, 2017

Are all Pasifika people super, extra, religious? Well, a lot of non-Pasifika people who give out religious magazines and promote church events seem to think so. It’s come to be expected of us, as if we should be religious, as a part of being Pasifika. For real, though. I’ve seen it here in Wellington, up […]

October 2, 2017

Symmetry I came here on my parents’ prayers And thousands in aid for air fares To the land of condescending stares / As I hid beneath the arch of the tatau I came here to watch the blood in Hau’ofa’s kava bowl Flow like oratory; swirl and roll Leap and rave without control / From […]

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 […]

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, […]