About Talanoa

Welcome to the home of Talanoa – a place where you can find authentic Oceanic voices sharing real stories and experiences in the hope of inspiring, encouraging, and informing people in our communities and in our world.

Do you have a story to tell? Do you think stories are important? Are you looking to connect with Oceanic people around the world? Then you’ve come to the right place. Sit down and talanoa with us, an inclusive global community of Oceanic people who are sharing their stories online.

Founded in 2015 by Arieta Rika, Talanoa is the largest archive and longest-running digital storytelling platform in Australia by and for Pacific peoples.

In many Pacific languages, talanoa means to tell a story, or have a conversation. Seu’ula Johansson Fua describes it perfectly:

Talanoa is a generic term referring to a conversation, chat, sharing of ideas and talking with someone. It is a term that is shared by Tongans, Samoans, and Fijians. Talanoa can be formal, as between chiefs and his or her people, and it can be informal, as between friends in a kava circle. Talanoa is also used for different purposes; to teach a skill, to share ideas, to preach, to resolve problems, to build and maintain relationships, and to gather information.” – The Kakala Research Framework, Seu‘ula Johansson Fua.

Here you’ll find your stories where we shine a light on young Oceanic people leading ordinary and extraordinary lives, and opinion editorials where we share our thoughts on the issues and solutions to what Pacific people face throughout their lifetime.

When you’re ready, take it one step further by getting in touch – whether it be by email, social media or by signing up to join our journey. We’d love for you to be a part of our community – one that is built on connection, storytelling, awareness, education and empowerment.