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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 […]

October 2, 2017

“The flower-garnering, glowing men and maids of Polynesia (are) half child and half god…” — J. W. Collier (1853-1932), New Zealand-Australian Wesleyan Missionary to Samoa   I was in a taxi on my way to Willis Street a few months ago, when I first realised that I didn’t know what the word “representation” actually meant… […]

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 […]

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 31, 2017

CW: Mention of rape   “Mama told me tie my hair back all the way…” — Grace, “Dirty Harry” (2015)   A lot of Pasifika people can attest to the fact that we get lots of advice growing up, especially if we’re girls. I’m from two of the Pacific’s regions — Melanesia (on my mum’s […]

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 […]

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