Pacific Proverbs contest

We invite Pacific peoples of all ages to enter this competition to source proverbs to
include in 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 encourage you to go and talk to your parents, grandparents and other
respected elders, asking them their views of 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.

All valid entries received by 6 March 2021 will be in to win. The draw will take place on 8
March 2021, with the winner announced on this website. The winner will have the
opportunity to choose between either an iPhone 12 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S20 as their



Further information:

Dr Api Movono and Professor Regina Scheyvens from Massey University are preparing
a book, to be called Mana of the Pacific. This will include photographs and proverbs
about the strengths of Pacific values, principles and ways of life. 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 our chance to share
with the world, with your help, proverbs encapsulating the mana of our Pacific.


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