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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Creative Arts

Calling All Local Poets in Fiji!

The Poetry Shop Fiji is calling out to poets and spoken word artists across Fiji! Submit your poetry by 31 October for your chance to be included in a printed publication by The Poetry Shop Fiji. The call for submission is for The Poetry Shop’s second Anthology, a collection of poems and prose by local Fijians. […]

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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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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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Blog, Your Stories

Women With Vision

The Women With Vision event by K&D Management is one that’s close to my heart. In recent weeks I’ve mentioned my thoughts on women genuinely supporting women – that it just doesn’t happen often enough in our Pacific community. I also echo the words of my friend Dr Vanisha Mishra-Vakaoti in saying, “I haven’t understood how […]

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