The Fragrances of Our Different Communities by Elizabeth V Kite

While the smallest unit in Tonga is the family, this way of living can be seen in the wider community. Our stratified society largely operates in collective groups; whether as an extended family, village community, church congregation or college alumni. These particular groupings help to define who we are, and where we come from. Cultural … Continue reading The Fragrances of Our Different Communities by Elizabeth V Kite

Where To From Here? (Young Women of Tonga & the Heilala) Part II by Chesta Fa’otusia

Tonga has been characterised as one of the most hierarchical, centralised, and highly stratified societies in Polynesia. When Taufa’ahau (Tupou I) preserved Tongan sovereignty in the face of colonial predators by the adoption of European institutions, certain hierarchical principles failed to find a place in the Constitution of 1875. Among the principles rejected were those … Continue reading Where To From Here? (Young Women of Tonga & the Heilala) Part II by Chesta Fa’otusia

Sai Pe, Malo (Part II) by Sisifa Lui

Mental illness and any sign of it is against our way of living. I cannot be depressed. Depression comes tattooed with being ungrateful, weak, pretentious, attention seeking, laupisi. Our children are prisoners of their own minds. Our youth cry for help with every punch thrown, every ngatu trodden, and substance pocketed. Signs of mental illness, … Continue reading Sai Pe, Malo (Part II) by Sisifa Lui