Te Ulugā Talafau: Something new and beautiful from Nukunonu, Tokelau Islands
The Taupulega of Nukunonu (Governing Council) applauded the arrival of Te Ulugā Talafau at its meeting yesterday. It is the nuku’s newspaper that will be published monthly.
It created history as the first locally produced international-standard newspaper for Nukunou, but also for any of the three atolls of Tokelau. A previous newspaper, Te Vakai, was produced by the national office.
Law Commissioner Nui Tumua proudly compared it to newspapers published in “Australia”.
“It is beautiful. I didn’t think it was going to look like this. The standard and presentation is very high,” commented Salesio Lui, one of the three Taupulega members on the Editorial Board. He also holds the historical milestone as the first elected leader to hold the title of ‘Ulu o Tokelau’ back in 1993.
While Faipule Siopili Perez moved a motion for the Taupulega to pass a funding pledge of $12,000 to help paddle the Te Ulugā Talafau vaka from its “three-issues pilot phase” to a formal launch targeting the General Fono in July this year.
Talks of newspapers and other medium are not new but it was the clear and strong steering at the helm by the newly appointed Taupulega General Manager, Asi Halavela-Pasilio that gave birth to Te Ulugā Talafau.
She said the main reason she made the newspaper a priority was that, “Our Taupulega make important decisions every week, hence our community must be made aware of these decisions.”
But of utmost importance is her clarity on the role of the newspaper relative to the Taupulega.
“This newspaper will not replace the cultural role of the matai in informing his or her extended family on the outcomes of the Taupulega meetings. In fact, the role of this newspaper is to ensure that everyone is informed and the public receives a record of the decisions,” she said.
“Our children will also benefit from this as they now have access to some written source of information on current national and village matters.”
The Taupulega yesterday voted to sell the newspaper at $5; and be made available to all who would like to purchase a copy.
Editor Hefo Tuia is working closely with Tokelau’s national media officer, Ms Litia Maiava, and Communications Specialist, Fatu Tauafiafi during the establishment phase of Te Ulugā Talafau.
A question many readers will have: “What is the meaning of Te Ulugā Talafau?”
The answer from Mr Tuia, “Buy yourself the 2nd issue which will be out on 8th of May, in there we will publish the meaning of Te Ulugā Talafau together with bios of our Editorial Board. As a bonus, you will also get a whole lot of other news and information about the issues important to us here in Nukunonu.”
He confirmed Te Ulugā Talafau is available for distribution to families, friends, supporters and partners overseas.
If interested, contact Editor, Hefo Tuia | Em: firstname.lastname@example.org | Ph: +690 24227