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
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
A mass departure to a foreign place. I close my Tohitapu and hold it tight to my chest as if seeking comfort from a loved one. I reflect on the story of Moses and his people. A story of migration that to me seemed to be, perhaps the last of its kind. However, even the … Continue reading A Tongan Exodus by Sisifa Lui and Chesta Fa’otusia
"Elevating women to positions in parliament, means uplifting young women in positions before and beyond that. This means that the message at home, in the classroom, at sports practice and the pageant stage alike should echo the same comfort; you are loved and valued for who you are."
On Thursday, 30th May 2019, His Majesty King Tupou VI opened the Parliamentary session for 2019/2020. In his opening speech, one of the priorities he stressed was something he repeated from the opening of the Parliamentary session last year. The King urged the need for our leaders to work on improving the health of Tongans; … Continue reading Health, Yourself! by Siale S
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
Dear Parents, You ask, “How are you?” I pose myself with the same question “How am I?” I pray. I pray the pain that comes with my name will slowly subside. I pray. I pray my name will be remembered, if, in this world, my body no longer resides I pray, Within those stained glass … Continue reading Sai Pe, Malo by Sisifa Lui