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August 5, 2019 | by  | in Arts | [ssba]

Kai Fiji

Ni Sa Bula Vinaka!

We are KaiFiji and we are the Fijian Students Association on campus here at Victoria University. We are an inclusive people, and our nation comprises of many different cultures. Other than the Itaukei (indigenous people of Fiji), the nation of Fiji also comprises a multiplicity of ethnicities such as Indian, Chinese, and Rotuman. Additionally, a lot of native Fijians have Polynesian ancestry. This diversity throughout the nation of Fiji is a characteristic that strongly defines the culture of our people. We are inclusive of all people and are not just passionate about our people alone, but our culture as well.

Our association has continued to grow from year to year and we are looking forward to a bright future of cultural and social events that will catalyse and maintain our culture. Our vision moving forward is to reinvigorate and restore a sense of pride in our nation and our culture for the Fijian students that are here in Wellington to study. We also aim to develop a relationship within the Fijian community here in Wellington.

This year, we will be creating a cultural performance group with hopes that this group can be a pillar to connect people to our culture and an instrument to sustain our culture within New Zealand. The practices for our cultural performance group will include learning the traditional Fijian dance which is better known as the ‘Meke’ and a few Fijian songs that we plan to showcase at the end of this trimester, to commemorate not just Fijian Language Week held Oct 6–12, but also Fiji’s Independence Day on October 10.


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