Blog, Culture, Sport

How You Say My Pacific Name Matters

I’m Fijian, and there’s one stereotype I can’t deny. I love Rugby 7s. Over the years, I’ve heard names of Fijian players mispronounced, and while I often heard my Dad yell “woi!!” at the TV, I never really understood why he got so upset. This was when I was seven – I thought it was […]

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Blog, Culture, Fashion

Marama ni Viti Workshop by The Veiqia Project

Over the last few weeks, thoughts about what I know and don’t know about Fijian culture have rolled around inside my head like changing tides. Do I know enough about Fijian culture as whole? How can I learn, while encouraging others to do the same? Over the years I’ve relied heavily on the little I […]

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Blog, Your Stories

Women With Vision

The Women With Vision event by K&D Management is one that’s close to my heart. In recent weeks I’ve mentioned my thoughts on women genuinely supporting women – that it just doesn’t happen often enough in our Pacific community. I also echo the words of my friend Dr Vanisha Mishra-Vakaoti in saying, “I haven’t understood how […]

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Blog, Food

Hunting for the Best Coffee in Suva

After having a two-week trip to Suva extended to six, I decided to start hunting around for the best local coffee spots. For a seriously spoilt, Sydney coffee head like me, finding the right coffee spot was essential to my productivity while writing, working remotely and meeting people in Suva. With a few pointers from […]

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Blog, Culture

What’s in a Name, When it Comes to Talanoa?

On the 29th of September 1988, a young Pasifika couple welcomed their screaming bundle of joy into the world. A round, bald and healthy baby girl. As he did with his two children before her, her father beamed with pride as he gifted her with her name. Her mother, weighing in on the conversation, added […]

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Blog, Business and Education, Culture, Your Stories

Talanoa with Arieta in Suva

I’ll be in Suva for a few weeks, and would love to meet you – fellow storytellers, creatives, writers, publishers, digital communicators and content creators near and far! If you’re interested in meeting me too, I’d like to invite you to my very first event in Suva.  Join me for two of my most favourite […]

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Blog, Culture, Your Stories

Fijian Women of The World Feature

Earlier this week, I had the honour of being nominated to share my story with Isabella Naiduki, writer and blogger from Fijian In The UK, for her Fijian Women of the World Series. Isabella describes it as “a series celebrating Fijian Women Of The World #FJWOW and how they are pushing boundaries; going above and beyond […]

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Balancing Pacific Storytelling, and Getting Paid

I love telling stories. It’s at the heart of my best and most fulfilling work. But as rewarding as storytelling is, I regularly face the challenges that come with being paid for it. If you do work that you love, you might relate to this – putting your heart into your work can come at […]

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