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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Academia, Blog, 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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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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