Tag: Tongan

How we save our Pacific languages

“The English were willing to borrow and absorb. When they saw a word that they needed, they took it and made it their own. They even took Polynesian words, like tapu (taboo) and tatau (tattoo).” — Sefita Hao‘uli, Tongan language advocate.

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Don Mann: Like father like son

“We’ve always been strongly both Māori and Tongan. You sometimes hear people talk about being half this and half that, but I’ve never felt that. I’ve always felt Tongan and always felt Māori.” — Don Mann.

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Dianne Sika-Paotonu: The duty to act

“For a long time, we’ve had more of a focus on equality in health, where the approach has been ‘one size fits all’. But we know that this doesn’t work for our Pacific and Māori communities. What’s needed is an equity focus.” — Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu.

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