"As a Tongan, it lies before you at the center of the family room. Listening to your family prayers, praises, and problems. It keeps your shadow company when walking down the hallway. Forever hanging with elegance. Yet constantly overlooked. Dancing with you in a Tau’olunga." The aesthetic cloth. It’s body a matrix of patterns, symmetry, … Continue reading Under the Tongan Ngatu by Sisifa Lui
It was the 2nd of November, 2018 in the Kingdom of Tonga and on that day, we made history. That morning, I had quite a weird feeling. Being part of something this phenomenal, you would think that it would be nerve wrecking but I had felt quite the opposite, I was calm in spite of … Continue reading Girls Takeover Parliament by Mele Fonua
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 5: GENDER EQUALITY My mother and I were going for a drive and I told her about the possibility of working for MORDI as a value-chain officer. She asked me the normal questions parents would ask their children about a job opportunity; what MORDI is about and the kind of work they … Continue reading The Subtlety of Gender Inequality by Mele Fonua
LE’O THE VOICE OF TONGA’S YOUTH LE’O IS A SAFE PLATFORM FOR EXPRESSION AND DIALOGUE ON MATTERS THAT MOST CONCERN OUR YOUTH TODAY. WE ARE HAPPY TO SHARE WITH YOU PIECES CONSTRUCTED AND SUBMITTED TO US BY OUR YOUTH REGARDING THE ISSUES THEY FEEL ARE IMPORTANT AND ARE MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT.
When it comes to the discussion of Tonga’s vibrant demographic that is youth – it is often talked about in terms of an issue or statistic. Just yesterday at the opening ceremony of Tonga’s National Youth Week, one of the assigned speeches of the day approached the subject of youth as an age group; mere … Continue reading Walking to the Future Together by Aulola Tongilava
This poem is a reflection of my journey of having a strong sense of identity as a NZ born Tongan, Tokelaun, Samoan girl. Rich in radiant red Amongst the flowerbed Lies internal beauty that bleeds Golden pollen beads For my heilala flowers Holds many powers Yet I hold back the feeling of being down Like … Continue reading “Who Am I?” by Roneima Teumohenga
I consider myself a feminist. Feminism means various things to various people. For some it means backing certain charities, finding reasons to say Emma Watson is whiny (don’t), showing your support for certain politicians, or, as some “genius” I used to know once said , “listening to Beyonce. Duh!” I have always been pro-feminism, pro-gender … Continue reading Equality by ‘Ilisapesi Fonua