Climate Change, Culture, Social Justice, Your Stories

Lisa Jameson

My name is Lisa and I’m a proud afakasi, representing both sides of my heritage. I’m Samoan and Australian, born in New Zealand, and raised on Bribie Island, Queensland. My family villages are Sapapali’i, Lalomanu and Satalo. My culture is important to me and informs everything I do, from the way I think, to my […]

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Social Justice, Sport, Your Stories

Ellia Tiriseyani Green

At first glance, it’s easy to assume Ellia Green’s athletic talent is credited to her Fijian heritage. But it only takes a short talanoa to realise it took much more than pure Melanesian genetics to be the first Fijian in history to win an Olympic Gold medal at Rio, earlier this year. “Hard work will beat […]

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Culture, Social Justice, Your Stories

We Will Remember Them

Every year (since I married my very own hero – don’t tell him I referred to him as such) on the second Sunday of November, we observe Remembrance Sunday. This is to commemorate the contribution of both British and Commonwealth soldiers in the last two World Wars and also later conflicts. Growing up back home in […]

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Food, Social Justice, Wellbeing

Turning the Tide on Obesity and Undernutrition

LAUNCH FOOD, a new and exciting challenge calls on all Pacific innovators – individuals, schools, universities, organisations and companies – to put forward their ideas around how to create meaningful change to solve food and nutrition issues that are faced by people in their local community. Backed by The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s […]

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Social Justice, Your Stories

Amataga Iuli

Amataga’s heart and passion is to serve Pacific communities. Talanoa Intern Iunisi Vaiaku hears her journey of discovering a passion for the Pacific, and her experience volunteering in Fiji to build homes in local communities. (Video is directed, produced and edited by Talanoa Intern, Iunisi Vaiaku.)

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Climate Change, Social Justice, Your Stories

Moemoana Schwenke: Equality, Environment and Embracing Pacific Culture

At the age of 15, Moemoana Schwenke is one of few female Siva Afi (fire dancers) in the world, challenging gender stereotypes while pushing her own limits of fearlessness. The connection she shares with her Polynesian culture is so strong that it influences almost everything that she does, from performing arts and promoting equality to advocating for the preservation […]

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