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.
Even though our contest has now closed, we are still sourcing Pacific proverbs for a new book called ‘Mana of the Pacific’. All profits from the book will go into
supporting community-based resilience programmes in the Pacific.
We thus invite all Pacific peoples to send in traditional proverbs in Indigenous
languages which speak to the strengths of particular Pacific cultures e.g. proverbs about resilience, cooperation, kindness, and working for the good of all.
Vinaka vaka levu/meitaki/fa'afetai lava/tanggio tumas!