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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Academia, Creative Arts, Culture, Fashion, Your Stories

Golden Coconut Creations

“Golden Coconut Creations is an independent fashion label that was first conceived in 2010 by three islanders. These friends wanted to create an innovative and unique clothing line to cater for Pacific Islanders all over the world. We officially launched online in November 2011 with a small range of t-shirts that we felt resonated with […]

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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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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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Culture, Poetry, Your Stories

Home, Ronna Su’a

Our crown is in the God we serve, there we find our core foundation in who we are. We are the peoples of seas that carried our ancestors and land that tell of their stories. To the world, our islands are havens of paradise, to our pacific communities, our islands are our homes.   Home […]

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