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Malaga fa’atasi — journey together

Date: Thursday 2 April 2020, 8:30am to 3:15pm
Registrations close: Monday 23 March
Cost: Free. Registration essential. Limited spaces.
Contact details: anna.tiaki@dia.govt.nz
Part of the Pasifika Spectacular series

Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia Orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī,Talofa lava and warm Pacific greetings to you all. Join our youth fono for Pacific students — Year 11-13, in the Wellington region. Celebrate Pacific stories with peers and role models.

This event is canceled to protect against the risk of COVID-19

We are connected

Come and connect with your peers and give voice to your stories.

“Ua fuifui fa’atasi ae vao ese’ese | We are from different parts of the forest but connected in one cause.

Celebration of people and stories

This fono is a celebration of our people and our stories; the stories of our tūpuna, the stories about where we are right now, and the stories we tell ourselves about who we want to become.

Inspirational speakers

Listen to inspirational keynote speakers Selina Tusitala Marsh and Kenape Saupese.


Take part in workshops including:

  • slam poetry
  • Pacific design
  • storytelling
  • Pacific Crafts.

Explore Pacific collections at the library

Explore the Pacific collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Register now

Spaces are limited.

Lunch will be provided.

Parents permission is required.

Students need to make their own way to the Library.

For a registration pack email anna.tiaki@dia.govt.nz

About the speakers

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh ONZM is an Auckland-based Pacific poet and scholar of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English, Scottish and French descent.

She was the first person of Pacific descent to graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland, where she now lectures in both creative writing and Māori and Pacific literary studies. She was named the Commonwealth Poet for 2016 and was the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2017–2019.

Kenape Saupese is vocalist and keys player for the New Zealand ‘Sunshine reggae’ group Tomorrow People.

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