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Music and Film, Your Stories

Noah Slee

Tell us about yourself – who are you, where are you from? Noah Slee, musician. I was born and raised in NZ and my parents are from Tonga.  My journey with music started with my school teacher picking me out when she heard me singing in the corridors. I sang for the school and I […]

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Climate Change, Culture, Our Home, Our People, Your Stories

Vei Lomani: Rupeni’s story

On 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston, the most intense (category five) tropical cyclone in the Southern Hemisphere on record, struck the mainland of Fiji, killing 44 people and injuring countless others. Hundreds of people lost their homes, with others seriously damaged, including Rupeni Vatugata’s, 74, from the village of Namarai in the province of […]

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Climate Change, Culture, Our Home, Our People, Social Justice, Your Stories

Ma’e na ma’e: Rebuilding Ra after Tropical Cyclone Winston

The province of Ra is one of the strongest, most ethnically and linguistically diverse communities in all of Fiji, with over 86 villages and a population of 29,464 (2007 census). And it is also well recognized for keeping keeping traditional Fijian values like vei lomani – directly translated as ‘love in action’ – alive. Rupeni Vatugata, a 74-year […]

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Climate Change, Culture, Our Home, Our People, Social Justice, Your Stories

A Mother, A Teacher, A Climate Change Fighter: Meredani’s Story

Vunisavisavi, a small community on the south-east coast of Fiji’s second largest island, is tucked modestly into the landscape, surrounded by the sea. In the heart of this quiet community, is Meredani Koco. A 61-year-old mother, wife and retired teacher, Meredani is also, in many ways, a community leader. Without her perseverance, it is hard to say […]

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Climate Change, Culture, Food, Our Home, Our People, Wellbeing, Your Stories

Waivunia Marine Park: Luke Tuibua’s Story

The day before Cyclone Winston hit, Luke Tuibua and students from Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia) were hard at work planting mangroves along the coastline near Luke’s village Waivunia, on the coast of Vanua Levu, the second largest island in Fiji. Mangroves combat coastal erosion – the complex underground root system helps to bind and build soil, while the above-ground […]

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Climate Change, Culture, Your Stories

For Tonga, For Pasifika: Have Your Sei

Joseph-Zane Sikulu is a Pacific climate change warrior, and Pacific Project Coordinator for 350.org. Along with many Pacific islanders, Joseph is representing his island nation Tonga at COP23 in Bonn, Germany to Have their Sei in the fight against climate change – a petition and declaration that was delivered with 23,648 signatures from 110 countries.  I […]

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