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Pasifika Student Council

August 12, 2019

For me, it’s Nana’s pancakes, thin and oiled well. That distinct moth-y smell of her closet and scary wallpaper. Movies from DVD cases after careful selection made on a heavily stained carpet video store. The “All That” Nick. The tingling between my shoulders from being wrapped in a tight cocoon of cheap Chinese mink blankets. […]

May 6, 2019

  It was two hours before my flight and already I was an emotional wreck. My reality was that I was leaving home, leaving my family and friends and the life I had known for the past 17 years, to live and study in New Zealand. Eventually, it was time for me to say goodbye […]

October 8, 2018

PICSA (Pacific Island Commerce Students’ Association)’s theme for its inspirational and networking night was “weaving our future together”. The main objective was to help inspire and empower current commerce students of Victoria University with Pasifika backgrounds. The night provided opportunities to engage and get amongst prominent Wellington employees, create spaces for attendees to kick start […]

July 16, 2018

Feminism in 300 words I was 17 when I first encountered the F word. I realised my need to prioritise doing winged eyeliner over eating breakfast in the morning was called “necessitating female beauty standards”, that traced back to the big bad patriarchy. Now, at 22, having gained some understanding of critical thinking and awareness […]

May 14, 2018

It’s graduation week! And I’m inspired by Mary Smich’s column “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” (which Baz Luhrmann adapted into “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”) to release my inner graduation speaker. In my long 2 years of being a non-student, I feel I’m at a good place to pass on my […]

April 30, 2018

CW: mention of suicide, rape The hardest thing about writing this column is fearing the inescapable fact that I’m gonna miss something important out. And that’s part of our whole problem right? We don’t talk about our mental health enough, and I want this column to be an all-encompassing something for us, as young Pacific […]

April 9, 2018

Turou, turou! We are Victoria University’s Cook Island Students Association, more commonly known as VUWCIA. We understand that coming to University can be a bit of a culture shock and an overwhelming experience for some. If you’re feeling a bit lost in this new, unfamiliar chapter of your life, we would be honoured to fill […]

March 26, 2018

Talofa lava! Malo e lelei! Ni sa bula Vinaka! Kia Orana! Gud de tru olgeta! Malo Ni! Fakaalofa lahi atu! Mauri! Warm Pacific greetings! Super late to the game, but a warm Pacific welcome to all our new and returning students. You’ve done yourself a solid by choosing the best university in NZ! So, congratulations! […]

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