When the gift of tattoo was given to Samoan twin girls in Fiji, they swam all the way to Samoa to perform the first tatau.
Arts & Culture
Hell hath no fury like a Samoan scorned. At least that’s what global sportswear behemoth Nike discovered in early August when it released photos of women’s workout gear bearing the pe’a—the traditional Samoan men’s tattoo.
Some languages from the Pacific islands are part of a significant collection of endangered languages that have been added onto the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Australian Memory of the World Project (UNESCO Australian MOW).
Born and raised in New Zealand, Ta’iai Tufue Pisa received a typical Kiwi upbringing where she was involved only in the faa-Samoa through church activities and within her family. She never thought she would be taking up a role as a matai in her family.
As a young teacher, Kanak poet and author Dewe Gorode encouraged her students to use their local language as well as French.
It’s easy to spot Pacifica products such as handbags made from bamboo, pandanus leaves, seashells and so on at events like Pasifika, the world’s largest Polynesian festival that takes place annually in Auckland.
Solomon Islands artist Ralph Ako makes detailed woodblock prints that depict his country’s traditional symbols. Hailing from a tiny island in the Marovo Lagoon, he uses wood carving skills the area is renowned for to make prints of local flora and fauna on handcrafted paper made from local plant fibres.
By the time you’re reading this article, Solomon Islands will be ready—so say the organisers of the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts—to receive its Pacific guests for what promises to be a fun-filled two weeks of cultural festivities.
Pacific Islands delegates from Nauru, New Zealand and Niue were the first to arrive in Honiara for the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts.
Since the history of long boat (fautasi) race in Samoa, there had never been an all-women crew competing in this tough competition.
What is remarkable in modern urban planning in the Pacific islands—everything from education and health to economic development—is the lack of appreciation for cultural skills and pride as key foundational building blocks for success.
February and March are two months that have become important months for many things Pacific—particularly arts, crafts and culture—in the islands’ two big industrialised neighbours, Australia and New Zealand. Being the first significant events after the extended year-end holiday period, they bring with them a certain freshness and a sense ...
An award winning Samoan feature film has put Pacific culture on the world map.
The 2nd edition of Mai Veikau: Tales of Fijian Wildlife, by Dick Watling, is a must read for anyone interested in “island life”.
Pacific nations are under a good deal of pressure to sustain their fish resources and maintain a vital source of food. Now climate change poses a fresh challenge.
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- Fri 25 Jul - Australia: Australian PM pulls out of Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting to deal with MH 17 tragedy
- Thu 24 Jul - Australia: Bill Clinton: Aids-free generation within reach if we boost HIV treatment
- Thu 24 Jul - Papua New Guinea: PNG, Europe eye more trade
- Thu 24 Jul - Fiji: New Fiji Link ATR 42-600 arriving soon
- Thu 24 Jul - Samoa: Frozen Samoan taro soon to be on the overseas market
- Thu 24 Jul - Fiji: Fijian soldiers caught in crossfire
- Thu 24 Jul - Papua New Guinea: Challenge on PNG grace period law set for August
- Thu 24 Jul - Scotland: Fijian President hold talks with UK Minister for Commonwealth
- Thu 24 Jul - Samoa: Plane goes down near American Samoa