Academia, Tech, Your Stories

Julia Arnott-Neenee

Julia Arnott-Neenee is one of a kind. A recent graduate from the University of Canterbury, she’s landed scholarships across the globe, won finalist awards in competitions, led major research projects and secured positions at international award-winning advertising agencies. She gives back to her community through volunteering, humanitarian work and mentoring of fellow Pacific students. Despite her […]

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Academia, Your Stories

Amy Maslen-Miller, a Samoan Scientist

We love how passionate Amy is about challenging and redefining Pacific stereotypes. She understands these stereotypes through experience, and says that she’s often on the receiving end of confused looks as she defies the typical definition of a Pacific person in her community. Her diversity is one of her greatest assets, and as she continues to […]

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Academia, Your Stories

Varanisese Nalewadamu Rogoimuri

With a law degree under her belt, Varanisese Rogoimuri is young, ambitious and ready to make a difference. In the last 12 months, she’s graduated from university, established a nonprofit organisation, been an advocate for domestic violence victims and young Fijians, and most recently, founded her own small business. It’s hard to imagine that as […]

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Academia, Your Stories

Steven Sisifa and Medical School

After reading our story on Dr Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino, Steven (Veni) Sisifa wrote to us in the hope of encouraging more people to pursue a career in medicine. As young Pacific people, many of us dream of growing up to become a doctor, only to be let down by a society that makes us feel as if we’re incapable […]

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Dr Vanisha Mishra-Vakaoti

After many of our interviews, we walk away having learnt something about young Pacific people who are doing amazing work in their communities and with their lives. After this interview with Dr Vanisha Mishra-Vakaoti, I learnt something about myself. I realised just how much I believe in perseverance, determination, the importance of pursuing a work […]

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Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino and Medical Research

We’re honoured to bring you the story of Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino and her work as a medical research scientist. Between finding a cure for disease, writing reports, public speaking and running a family, Tu’uhevaha took time to talk to us about her journey and the challenges and highlights she’s experienced along the way.  (Story by Talanoa Intern, Ilisapesi Muliaina). […]

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Jannike Seiuli

What drew us to Jannike and inspired us to reach out to her was this – not only is she an event management super star, she’s talented, gifted, a mother, wife and passionate about performing arts and our Pacific youth. Following in the footsteps of her parents while being motivated by her husband and two sons to chase  her […]

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Meliame Tauali’i-Fifita

Here at Talanoa, we believe in looking to those who have walked before us for inspiration and encouragement, and because of that, we’re honoured to share Meliame Tauali’i-Fifita’s story. She shows us that you can still care for a large family while chasing your dream, and that even though things don’t work out just as […]

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Pulemau Savusa

Through Talanoa, we’ve had the opportunity to connect with young Pacific people across the globe, with huge dreams, ambition, intelligence and talent, and Pulemau Savusa is one of them. At the age of 20, she’s led by her faith, passion in education, and her heart for helping Pacific students reach their full potential. We’re proud to […]

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Island Rose Dream

For centuries, Pacific people have been using coconut oil for everything from cooking to hair and beauty purposes. Over the past few years, health and beauty fanatics have finally caught onto the secrets of our beautiful coconut, and today, siblings Rosie and Heamasi are combining their love for Tonga, natural beauty products and business to […]

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