Creative Arts, Your Stories

Serene Timoteo

Serene Timoteo is an Auckland-based artist who translates the negative perception of “Plastic Samoan” into beautiful art. Talanoa Intern Iunisi Vaiaku explores identity, culture and what Serene wants to achieve with her modern-Pacific take on art, and the positive impact it can have on today’s generation of young Pacific people. (Video is directed, produced and […]

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Chelsea Jessie-Rae Costello

When I first met Chelsea, I was instantly drawn to her. There’s a likeness in her spirit that’s articulated beautifully even before she speaks. This is a story of her life’s journey – her love for art and the driving force behind her happiness. I hope you’ll see her passion, her work and take away […]

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Creative Arts, Your Stories

FONU Jewellery and Anga’aefonu Bain-Vete

Anga’aefonu Bain-Vete is the founder of FONU Jewellery, a “Melbourne-based Fiji brand that celebrates Pacific heritage story-telling & textiles through luxe urban jewellery”. From the beautiful melting pot of a diverse cultural heritage, Anga’aefonu presents a unique art – but the transition between artist and business-woman hasn’t been a smooth one. We hope you love […]

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Joshua Savieti and ICON Tonga

If you’re the youngest in the family, you’ll know exactly what Joshua Savieti is talking about when he says he grew up on the receiving end of his siblings’ and parents’ every request. Today, he’s the Director of ICON, an organisation that aims to “restore and redeem the youth in Tonga, making them contributing citizens […]

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Alexia and Rae Photography Samoa

In a place as majestic and vibrant as the Pacific, it’s easy to understand why anyone would want to be a photographer. For Alexia Rae, her journey began on a remote island in Fiji, exploring the stars and the shoreline before stumbling on photography. In the years to come, her love of being behind the […]

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MissTez

Terri, founder of MissTez is someone we’ve had our eye on for a while! We’ve always been interested in her work, but it wasn’t until we had the chance to interview her, did we realise just how amazing she really is. We love her work, her open minded attitude, willingness to learn and especially the time […]

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Creative Arts, Tech, Your Stories

UrbanNesian and Lainee Fagafa

We love following and supporting the work of up and coming designers from the Pacific, and that’s how we found UrbanNesian and their amazing work – created and designed to match the identity of a young Samoan woman raised in America, who combined her talent of art and design with graphic design. We’re excited to […]

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Tongan Ballerina – Eliana Vaha’i Feao

At the age of 13, the Tongan Ballerina, Eliana Vaha’i Feao, has won the hearts and admiration of her fellow Pacific people, while making her mark in history. As the first Tongan to train at the prestigious Ballet West Academy, she’s also managed to graduate from high school with high honours, and has been accepted into college. Although […]

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Diamond Langi

Diamond Langi is pretty special to us here at Talanoa. Not only did we know her shortly before she shot to fame, we’ve always admired her humility and genuine kindness – something that hasn’t changed despite her success. Her long list of accomplishments range from Face of Beauty International Contestant Winner (2013), shining as the Face […]

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