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Stories From The Pacific

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For centuries, Pacific Islanders have been sharing stories across the region, Stories from the Pacific honours that tradition, allowing the audience to hear in-depth personal stories from right across the Pacific.

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United States

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For centuries, Pacific Islanders have been sharing stories across the region, Stories from the Pacific honours that tradition, allowing the audience to hear in-depth personal stories from right across the Pacific.

Language:

English


Episodes
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Koteka Wenda's unique position as an exiled-woman reimagines the Free West Papua movement

7/23/2024
Koteka Wenda's childhood is full of bittersweet memories and lessons. Her early memories are of her family fleeing West Papua as political-refugees to live in exile in the safety of the United Kingdom. It was in exile where Koteka and her family discovered what it means to grow a community and continue the spreading of their message to "Free West Papua" using their abilities as mucians, educators and living witnesses to being a West Papuan in Indonesia. Koteka is now developing her own understanding of the unique position she holds as a young-exiled-woman to bring fresh perspectives and goals to the "Free West Papua" movement.

Duration:00:28:55

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Matt Howard’s life-changing decision to capture his Micronesian community through a camera lens

7/16/2024
Matt Howard was excelling in his career as a paralegal in the military, but after falling in love with the storytelling tools of a camera, he risked it all to follow this new found passion. Living on the beautiful island of Pohnpei, Matt was raised by matriarchs and says his childhood was rich, full of imagery, stories and memories that should be captured for all to see. Later in his childhood, Matt's move to Hawai'i with his family revealed the uniqueness of his island home and he now uses the work in his co-founded production company, Soused Life to give people a window look into everything he loves about his home.

Duration:00:29:34

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Danielle Morgan writes lyrics and sings to heal her soul and mind

7/2/2024
Danielle Morgan's singing career reached its heights following her win as the first female singer of the Pacific Break competition in 2022.

Duration:00:29:24

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Feleti Lotulelei is incorporating the concept of 'it takes a village to raise a child', into social work

6/25/2024
Feleti Lotulelei did not intend to be working in social work. But since working in a youth-support program he has never looked back. He shares how important it is for youth to feel supported in learning and strengthening their cultural identity as a way of feeling connected to a community. Feleti talks about how his work incorporates the values around 'it takes a village to raise a child' and 'you cannot be, what you cannot see'.

Duration:00:29:24

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Kumu Michelle Manu is reviving the practice of the Hawaiian combat-martial art, "Lua"

6/18/2024
Kumu Michelle Manu teaches her students to live a life of "intentional movement". These students are learning the ancient combat martial art of Lua which was once practiced by many Hawai'ian women warriors before it went into hiding in hula dancing. By reviving this practice Kumu Michelle hopes to break the stigma that femininity could only ever mean fragility. She hopes to encourage others to bring out the warrior spirit within them, the way our ancestors did.

Duration:00:29:24

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Graham Tipene is using Māori design and thinking to canvas the cultural landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand

6/11/2024
Graham Tipene's canvas is not limited to just paper, his skill as a Māori design specialist, extends to everything his children can see across their landscape - architecture; motorways, pathways, and the people that walk out of his moko (tattoo) skin marking studio with a 'new face'. Graham's artistry and wisdom is a reflection of the lessons of his adopted Mother and his deep-rooted connection to his community in Ōrākei, Auckland Aotearoa New Zealand. Graham is a man living a life of intention, weaving the lessons of his ancestors into his practice today for the future of not only his children but also the young ones he may never meet in his lifetime.

Duration:00:29:24

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Tusiata Avia unveils the complexities and realities of being an outspoken artist and activist

5/28/2024
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Duration:00:28:54

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Jasmine Stole Weiss publishes positive feature stories about Micronesians to balance out a world of negativity

5/21/2024
Jasmine Stole Weiss' early-journalism career found her in a crime reporting job which saw her reporting daily on the worst days of peoples lives. It took the pause of the global pandemic to allow Jasmine to reflect on where she saw wanted to take her skills as a storyteller. So, she left the newsroom and began publishing wholesome and positive feature stories in her own newsletter with a sole focus on platforming her own Micronesian community.

Duration:00:29:55

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Jemmason Power is discovering the secret to a life of fulfillment

5/14/2024
Jemmason Power has always been a career driven woman and this drive has certainly paid off. From being a pro-netball player, to working for modelling agencies, being a professional facilitator for her community and then landing a role in the television series, 'Black Snow', Jemmason is no stranger to hard work and success. But, at the peak of her career in the television and film industry some hard hitting conversations with her family and community encouraged her to reconsider what does 'the peak of life' really mean? Jemmason is discovering the answer through the many sacrifices made by the women who both raised and surround her today.

Duration:00:29:51

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Thomas Fonua aka Kween Kong

5/7/2024
This edition of Stories from the Pacific was a repeat of the program broadcast on 31st May 2023 When Samoan-Tongan Thomas Fonua was 16, he had a life-changing decision to make. Either play for New Zealand’s under-19 rugby team, the first step towards becoming an All Black, or join Black Grace, New Zealand’s premier contemporary dance company. Thomas' dad warned him against choosing dance over rugby, fearing that people would judge him, but he chose not to take his dad’s advice and ended up touring the world as a professional dancer. Now, Thomas is better known for his drag queen persona, Kween Kong, a name that was earned on the rugby field. Fresh from tearing up the runway on the international smash-hit tv show Ru Paul’s Drag Race down under, Thomas Fonua aka Kween Kong joins Bobby Macumber on Stories from the Pacific to talk about following your dreams and carving new pathways.

Duration:00:29:24

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Lydia Gah's story of survival is harrowing, but by telling it, she hopes to educate and save others

4/30/2024
Lydia's story of her marriage with her first husband details 12 years of significant abuse, but she's using it to educate others who may be experiencing something similar.

Duration:00:28:25

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For Visila Koliqaqaru Lagilagi, boxing is life

4/23/2024
When Visila Koliqaqaru Lagilagi started boxing, she didn't know where it would take her. She just knew it made her feel strong. It's a strength that she has had to draw on many times, particularly five years ago, when a chance accident paralysed her husband.

Duration:00:29:25

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Jordan Morris

4/16/2024
Jordan's been drawing since for as long as he can remember. He started by holding children's books up to the window and tracing around the images. It was then that he discovered that drawing offered him an alternate universe, in times when he needed to escape. Now in his mid-20s, Jordan is quickly becoming one of PNG's leading visual artists. This edition of Stories From The Pacific was a repeat of the program broadcast on 28th June 2023

Duration:00:29:23

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From accidental journalist to storyteller and mentor

4/9/2024
Scott Waide never set out to be a journalist. In fact when he was leaving school he wanted to join the army and train as a pilot. But his mother said "no way" and some school counsellors set him on the path of becoming the storyteller he is today. Now he is known throughout Papua New Guinea for holding power to account, promoting media literacy and community-led journalism, and mentoring fellow journalists.

Duration:00:29:24

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Finau Vulivuli

4/2/2024
This edition of Stories from the Pacific was a repeat of the program broadcast on 7th June 2023 Finau grew up watching her brothers play soccer from the sidelines. When they were short on players, she got to join in. As an adult, she no longer had to wait her turn. Finau went on to represent Fiji in soccer, alongside her two brothers who played soccer and rugby for Fiji. They stood side by side at the Pacific Games. It was years later that Finau saw a female referee for the first time, not realising that this was a pathway she could choose. It wasn't long before Finau switched from being an international player to an international referee. She went on to officiate several international tournaments, culminating into the FIFA Women's World Cup. Now a retired referee, Finau is giving way to other female referees to follow in her footsteps. The proud mother joins Bobby Macumber on Stories from the Pacific to talk about the different opportunities that sport has given her.

Duration:00:29:23

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Godfrey Abage fights for the future of shark calling

3/26/2024
Godfrey Jordan Abage was a grown man when he discovered the West New Ireland custom of shark calling in Kono village, Papua New Guinea. Shark calling has been practiced for thousands of years and Godfrey is one of the locals fighting to ensure that it will continue for generations to come. Right now, the shark population around Kono seems to be growing, but Godfrey and his fellow villagers are worried seabed mining will change that.

Duration:00:29:25

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Professor Jioji Ravulo has always been empathetic and 'extra'

3/19/2024
Empathy and social justice have come to define Jioji Ravulo's remarkable career as a social worker, actor and author — and the first Pasifika professor in Australia.

Duration:00:29:23

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When Joyana Finch embraced fear, her career flourished

3/12/2024
If there is a problem that needs fixing, mechatronics engineer and author Joyana Finch is your person. Her earliest childhood memories were of repairing broken gadgets in her parent's Cook Islands toy shop — technology always sparked joy. Now she writes children's books to show Pasifika girls like her own that the door is open.

Duration:00:29:24

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For Peia Patai, traditional navigation is changing with the climate

3/5/2024
If you catch Peia Patai on dry land, it won't be for long. When he's not out fishing, he's sailing his vaka across Cook Islands, with little more than the clouds, the sun, the moon, and the stars to help him find his way. The master navigator was taught the same techniques his ancestors used, but all that is changing.

Duration:00:29:24

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Filmmaker Agapetos Aia-Fa'aleava is asking the hard questions

2/27/2024
Agapetos Aia-Fa'aleava has always been compelled to speak up against social injustice, and when she learned a law in Queensland had let pubs and clubs deny entry to Pasifika people with facial tattoos, she spoke up once again in the form of a documentary that explores culture and tattoos.

Duration:00:42:39