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Learn Samoan While you’re on Lockdown

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Learn Samoan While you’re on Lockdown

We are all feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 Virus throughout the world.  Some of us have no toilet paper.  Others have to home school children for four long and tedious weeks while trying to work from home at the same time.  One thing that you can do while bored or tired at home is to learn Samoan. *Note: When you click the links in this post, we may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Here are some books and videos that will help you learn Samoan while waiting out the COVID-19 Virus.   Here are some...

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Playgroup: why it matters

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Playgroup: why it matters

Playgroup, what is it?  Is it just a place to play?  What am I going to do there?  I don’t have time or money to take them to playgroup all the time. Playgroup is a safe space for children and parents to learn and grow through play.  The benefits of Playgroup are applicable to children and their parents/carers.  Here is what you need to know about Playgroups and why it matters. Allows children to socialise with others Karen van Woudenberg, Playgroup NSW Deputy CEO says “Playgroup is really about following the lead of the child.”  I watch my nephew during...

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Our First Siva Afi Workshop

Our First Siva Afi Workshop

We are so pleased to announce that Measina Treasures of Samoa will be holding our first Siva Afi Workshop. Date: Friday 22nd November 2019 Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Venue: Tarneit Rise Primary School Participants will learn the basic spinning techniques needed to spin a siva afi stick.  These techniques include: vili lua vili tasi behind the back more depending on the time Justyce Edmonds / Siva Afi / La Perouse from Del-Ray Fruean on Vimeo.   Our first instructor for the workshop is Justyce Edmonds, a siva afi performer from Sydney Australia.  He has performed in New Zealand, Hawaii, Sydney, Florida,...

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Plastic: How This Term Continues to Hurt Our Culture

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Plastic: How This Term Continues to Hurt Our Culture

Today we are so lucky to have a guest blog written by Sipping Koko. Welcome and we look forward to reading more of your insightful work. This topic has been in the back of my mind for a long time now. It hasn’t been an easy topic for me to really formulate the words on how I feel about the term “plastic ________.” No matter what island you descend from, you can be called a “plastic Samoan,” “plastic Maori,” etc. if you happen to not know the intricacies of the culture you’re from, but guess what? Some of us didn’t...

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E lē mālie - It's not funny

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E lē mālie - It's not funny

I mispronounced the name of my village as Papa-uta instead of Papauta and my cousins burst out laughing. E lē mālie – what you just did was embarrass me for trying to speak the language of my forefathers and now I don’t bother trying. You pulled on my chubby muffin top and bellowed “ua lap’oa” [you’re fat] with a giggle. E lē mālie – what you just did was make an eight-year-old girl feel so self-conscious about her outward appearance that she shied away from the world and found comfort from food. I asked if you were married and you...

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