Blog, Culture, Sport

Where My Woke Pasifika Athletes At? (No Typo)

Following the recent controversy surrounding Jason Taumalolo’s decision to play for Tonga rather than New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup, and the way Israel Folau recently declared his stance on marriage equality, I’ve been thinking about Pasifika athletes – their choices, voices and the influence they have on not only Pacific communities – […]

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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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Academia, Sport, Wellbeing, Your Stories

Hamilton Hughes, Health and Fitness

Hamiliton Hughes is an Australian based Fijian, passionate about health and fitness. For more than a decade his involvement in sport has seen him gain a depth of experience playing rugby league at various levels, even representing his country of birth (Labasa, Fiji) with the Fiji Bati.  Today, he’s dedicated his career to giving back to his community, […]

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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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Sport, Your Stories

Abigail Vienna Latu-Meafou

“I owe everything to my God, my family, biological and spiritual parents, and every beautiful soul who has entered my life and helped me grow and embrace all that I am and more. Most definitely just the beginning of my journey and I can’t wait to see where it goes.” Talanoa Intern Mary Harm has […]

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Sport, Your Stories

Kelemedi Navucu

In every Pacific country, the spotlight is often shined on prominent rugby players. But in our own backyard, there are countless young players who also have a story, waiting to be told. Kelemedi Navucu’s story is a shining example of the potential of young Fijian rugby players. – Tokasa Bolalailai, Talanoa Intern.  A determined 20-year-old, Kelemedi’s chased his […]

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