Kia Orana, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Talofa lava, Fakafeiloaki, Malo e lelei, Fakatalofa atu, Halo, Tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings.
Each culture brings its own approach to parenting. Pacific families come in all shapes and sizes, and from different pacific nations – the many cultures that continue to nurture the village and raise awesome tamariki.
What we have in common is that we’re all Pasefika, we’re people of faith and we want to listen to stories of families so we can help them do something about it. It’s great to be able to be alongside so many who are like my parents – selfless and continuously putting others before themselves.Ailine Kei
Episode 3: We Love Our Families - Aunty Tala (transcript)
(Background music: jingle with acoustic guitar playing softly. Tofiga Fepulea'i - a young man- stands in front of the camera with a white background behind him. He is dressed as his on-stage persona ‘Aunty Tala’, wearing a long, blonde wig and a bright, patterned dress.)
Hi! It’s Aunty Tala here. (Tofiga laughs). Wow, what can I tell you about me?I like long walks on the beach… Oh yea right! Do I look like I like anything with the word walk in it? (Tafoiga gestures towards himself).
Anyway, everyone knows me as international supermodel but as a plus figure person the most important thing to me is family. Family is number one. Because when I need support, I have my family. If I have very little, I have my family.
So what’s important is we all look after eachother, we keep our children safe and make sure we love one another. If you have a problem and you need help, don’t be afraid to ask. Whether it be family or a friend, go and talk to them.
Why are you important to us? Because you are a part of our families, our people, our responsibility.
I love you. (Tofiga laughs, points at camera and claps)
(Tofiga fades out and text on screen fades in on white background: ‘we love our families’.)
(Fades to white background with text: ‘so let’s keep each other safe’)
(Fades to white background with and the words ‘INITIATED BY THE WELLINGTON PACIFIC LEADERS’ FORUM’ appear in the middle of the screen above logos for: Pacifica Proud, Central Pacific Collective and The New Zealand Police.
(Fades to blue background with the words ‘THE PASIFIKA COLLECTIVE’ above corresponding logo).