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To Transform is to Empower (International Youth Day 2019) by Aulola Ake

Transforming education is the 2019 theme for International Youth Day. It highlights efforts to make education relevant, equitable and inclusive for all youth and the efforts by youth themselves. Education is not confined to the four walls of a classroom and has more to do with accessing knowledge than standardized learning.  I read something that … Continue reading To Transform is to Empower (International Youth Day 2019) by Aulola Ake

Review: “For My Father’s Kingdom” by Chesta Fa’otusia

“To be honest, to be love, to be understanding...then you will make it to Heaven.”Saia Mafile’o (For My Father’s Kingdom, 2019). I attended the NZ premiere of ‘For My Father’s Kingdom’ by Vea Mafile’o and Jeremiah Tauamiti last night and it was an invaluable experience. What made it even more significant was the warm and … Continue reading Review: “For My Father’s Kingdom” by Chesta Fa’otusia

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