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2021 Canoe Festival in Vanuatu Gets Backing from Tourism Office

The Vanuatu Daily Post ran an article about how the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) is sponsoring ten sails for this year’s Maskelyne Canoe Festival to be held from the 26–28 July. The sails will be branded with the VTO logo … Continue reading

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Raising Climate Justice with Kava Ceremony

Last month a Pasifika community group hosted a kava ceremony raising the flag on climate change following New Zealand’s America’s Cup victory. The Pacific Cooperation Foundation collaborated with other Pacific groups to host the dawn ceremony at the Maritime Museum … Continue reading

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“The Turtle and the Shark”- Samoan Legend

Our next Pacific legend comes from Samoa. Samoans tell the story of an old blind woman, named Fonueau, of Salega, Savaii (Western Samoa). She had one child, a dear girl named Salofa. Enjoy… The Turtle and the Shark A long … Continue reading

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The People and the Land in Guam

The Pacific Daily News released a fascinating article earlier this month written by Artemia Perez, Juan San Nicolas, Lazaro Quinata and Manuel Cruz and commissioned by Kumision Estoria-ta about how the relationship that CHamoru people have with the land is … Continue reading

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Traditional Games Thriving in the Cook Islands

Earlier this month Radio New Zealand reported that plans are already afoot to expand the traditional sports program at the next Cook Islands Games. The revival of traditional games like stilt races and coconut husking were among of the highlights … Continue reading

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Concern for the Proposed Language Policy in Tonga

Radio New Zealand journalist, Sela Jane Hopgood, wrote an article about how a former education minister and Tongan academic is calling for the Ministry of Education to reconsider their plans to amend the Tongan language policy. Last month Education Minister, … Continue reading

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Books about Pacific Islands

The past few weeks has seen a few books written by authors around the Pacific that I would like share.   Tonga: The first piece of literature is an entertaining new book of “historical fiction” was launched a couple of days … Continue reading

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Key Messages from Pacific Women on International Women’s Day 2021

Radio New Zealand Pacific Journalist, Sela Jane Hopgood, wrote an inspiring article about what International Women’s Day meant to many women of the Pacific region.  During the Covid-19 pandemic, domestic violence has soared globally, and the Pacific has some of … Continue reading

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Women Keep Tongan Cultural Traditions Alive

Radio New Zealand Pacific Journalist, Koroi Hawkins, wrote an interesting article about how a Tongan community group in New Zealand hope their efforts to make koloa, or cultural treasures, inspires other Pasifika community groups to explore and preserve their own … Continue reading

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Remembering a Fijian Performer

Journalist Felix Chaudhary of the Fiji Times wrote an article about how Fiji had lost one of her greatest singers and entertainers of all time with the passing of legendary vocalist Jese Mucunabitu a couple of weeks ago.  He was 70 … Continue reading

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