Climate Change Risk to Pacific Nations
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We offer our respect to loto faka’api’api
This earth Papatuanuku
This sky Ranginui
This ocean moana
These ancestors Tipuna
We acknowledge the sovereignty of the Kulin Nation
and elders past, present and emerging
With our ears teliga
With our eyes mata
And with our spirit Wairua
We learn poto fakapotopoto
Oceania is vast, Oceania is expanding, Oceania is hospitable and generous, Oceania is humanity rising from the depths of brine and regions of fire deeper still, Oceania is us. We are the sea, we are the ocean.
Epeli hau ofa
We as people of the land and the water have deep connections to family, earth, sea, sky and animals. This forms the basis of our cultural strength and specific identity connecting family stories to place. Through tangible and intangible cultural heritage, cultural integrity and sovereignty is maintained.
Curation notes by: Sione Napi Francis, Lead Curator, Te Pasifika Gallery Redevelopment, Museums Victoria. Tongan, Australian, links with Aotearoa. Born on Narrm/ Melbourne.