Mana of the Pacific

Even though our proverbs contest has now closed, Dr Apisalome Movono and Prof Regina Scheyvens have culminated these Pacific proverbs in a new book called ‘Mana of the Pacific’. All profits from the book are going into
supporting community-based resilience programmes in the Pacific. 

Many Pacific proverbs highlight the wisdom of Pacific islanders: this book is an attempt to share an appreciation of Pacific peoples through the mana of their ways, often embedded within their philosophies and stored in their proverbs or sayings. This is us sharing with the world proverbs encapsulating the mana of our Pacific.

For more information on the book see the interview with RNZ below, and:

Vinaka vaka levu/meitaki/fa'afetai lava/tanggio tumas!


We have a winner!

Congratulations to Samola Andrew, a sixteen year old student from Motufoua Secondary School in Tuvalu, for having her name pulled out in the draw for the proverbs contest! Thanks to all of those who entered; in total 154 submissions were received! Samola will be receiving her iPhone 12 pro very soon.

This was her winning quote:

"Toku fenua ko toku tofi"

"My land is my birthright"

This quote reflects how important culture, tradition and customs are for Pacific people, and the connections to their land. Even if Pacific people have to migrate because of climate change or for other reasons, no one can take away their land or culture.