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Malaga Fa’atasi — Journey Together


Thu 2 Apr 2020, 8:45am–3:00pm

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Join other Pacific young people aged 15-19 from across the wider Wellington region to hear stories from peers and role models. We will also explore the Pacific collections at the Library.

We are connected:
Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Namaste, Kia orana, Taloha ni, Ia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, 'Alii, Malo ni, Halo Olaketa, Mauri, Aloha mai e, Kia ora koutou, and warm Pacific Greetings.

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.

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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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