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August 13, 2019

One evening, after everyone has sprayed their legs and arms with Aeroguard for the tenth time, all my people will be gathered under an open fale, their stomachs and hearts full. The sun will be sinking, the sky alight with fierce fire. The ocean will be peaceful, less than 50 steps away our group. The […]

August 5, 2019

My grandma had hands that could knead love into Panipopos Sew consideration into pe’as for white sunday And slap sense into the back of my head because I’d giggle at how she said “Luisa aua ke fiaboko” I could see her pride in the way she’d curl ribbons on the ula loles, waddle up to […]

August 5, 2019

“It’s not always what you say, it’s how you say it”   When you ask me if I’m algood, the tone in which it is asked will dictate my response.    I watch to see if the curves of your mouth betray a sly smile, or if your eyes stay hardened as they look back […]

August 5, 2019

School Strike 4 Climate 15/03/2019   Papatūānuku and Tangaroa transcend time, lives & worlds. They interlock and intertwine as one – with deep rooted whakapapa to all worlds. As protectors of the earth & seas, our guardianship has failed. The human race have polluted & destroyed this earth and its oceans. Now, climate change is […]

August 5, 2019

  Where are you from?  My list was always ready: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, puppy dogs’ tails, a little Spanish, maybe German, and—almost as an afterthought—half Samoan. An unwanted fraction.   But you don’t seem like a Samoan. I thought you were [insert other ethnicity]. A smile. A sense of accomplishment. A watered seed of […]

August 5, 2019

  I had a chat to PhD student Ashleigh Feu’u about her gender identity and navigating life and academia as a fa’afafine.    How do you define your gender identity?   First and foremost, these are my personal views and not a generalisation of all fa’afafine views. There are many ways individual fa’afafine identify themselves, […]

August 5, 2019

  ‘Everything ancient was once new and though our structures were denied age no amount of dismantling, disassembling, desecrating or disrespecting of our right to be can deny us our ancientness, our ability to stand with thousands and thousands.’ – Emalani Case   Like myself, Dr Emalani Case started learning hula from a very young […]

August 5, 2019

Have you ever posted on IG in admiration of your parents or grandparents, who sacrificed so much to immigrate to New Zealand for you… but also mocked someone for speaking broken English in a foreign accent? Have you ever thanked the Lord for the food on your plate, but not Tagaloa for perfecting the tides […]

August 5, 2019

CW: Violence, Genocide, Rape   What’s happening in West Papua?   West Papua, with the independent nation of Papua New Guinea in the east, constitute the island of Papua in Melanesia. It is situated approximately 200 km north of Australia, covered in rainforest, and is a biodiverse and minerally rich land. There are over 250 […]

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