Category: Pacific islands

Te Ulugā Talafau: Something new and beautiful from Nukunonu, Tokelau Islands

“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.” Asi Pasilio

Ode to Tony Johns: Footprints on the sands of Tokelau

For a boy that grew up in the 1950s palagi world, his final rites conducted in traditional Polynesian custom testify to the transformation from where he came from to the Pacific islander he became. The final ode composed by an old friend from Atafu, Kelihiano Kalolo; and melodies of Tokelau’s funeral chant, Vale o Pou, carrying him to his final journey, acknowledged his Pacific home in the heart of Tokelau.

Samoa’s AG says, “Customary Land not under legal threat by Freehold Land laws”

“Our Customary Land is not under any legal threat from laws that oversee specifically freehold land. The LTRA 2008 does not have the effect of amending, repealing or adding to the provisions of Article 102 of the Constitution which specifically defines our customary land allowing all other legal protective measures to therefore by operation apply to it.”