Blog, Culture

Who’s listening to Millennials in the Pacific?

Have you read anything about Millennials lately? I’ve read countless articles giving varied opinions, but for the most part – we’re labelled lazy, entitled and impatient. What do we know about Generation Y in our own backyard? Since 2015, we’ve interviewed over 80 Pacific people, 91% of which were born between 1980 and 2000, qualifying […]

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What did you learn in 2016? I learnt how to be wrong

I’m woman enough to admit when I’m wrong. When I’ve made a mistake. When I’ve had a lapse in judgement. And I’m woman enough to say, 2016 was full of them. I’ve spent the last two years telling the stories of my Pacific brothers and sisters, so I thought I’d share a private snippet of my […]

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How did Disney get Moana right, and Maui wrong?

Yesterday, I was approached by a BBC editor to write a short piece on Disney’s upcoming movie, Moana, and the controversial costume that they recently released depicting Maui, a Polynesian demi-god and character in the animated film. BBC have released an edited version of my piece, which has been picked up by other news sites […]

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Blog, Poetry

Wherever, you belong, you are not alone

How do we know what knowledge is? How do we attain it? And how do we measure it’s worth? Western-thinking associates knowledge with written literature. But knowledge existed long before people could read and write. Across the Pacific, many years before European contact, countless ways of thinking, knowing and being were shared between people, families, villages […]

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Pacific Storytelling: confidence, courage and connection

Storytelling isn’t just about speaking. It’s also about showing. We don’t always tell our stories through our words. We show them through our actions, our work, and most importantly, in the way we treat people. For centuries, Pacific people across Oceania have been telling their stories. Not just vocally, but also through dance, pottery, weaving, motifs, […]

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Does my Gender Define Who I am as a Pacific Person?

Every culture has something to be ashamed of, but every culture also has the right to change, to challenge negative traditions, and create to new ones.  – Ralph Nader Pacific culture is not exempt from shame. We have much to be proud of, but we also have our flaws. What worked 100 years ago may not […]

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What does Cultural Appropriation Mean for Pacific People?

What is cultural appropriation? How does it affect me? Is there anything we can do about it? Understanding cultural appropriation and misappropriation can be difficult. But these questions are important and it’s a conversation worth having. Why? Because we could be practicing and encouraging cultural misappropriation without realising. Many cultures around the world face the same threat of […]

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