Since my last blog post, things have been wonderfully busy and I want to share some of those experiences, particularly in spoken word. For the month of July, I was provided with opportunities to perform spoken word at different events. For those reasons, I am deeply honoured and humbled for the invitations that I have received and I want to acknowledge and thank the people who have provided me with such opportunities.
July 11th 2013, I was invited by Tongan Artist and Educator, Dagmar Dyck, to share spoken word at the Tongan Research Association Conference for the Arts day. The day provided a platform for Tongan artists and academics to present their work. I performed alongside poets Dr Karlo Mila-Schaaf and Mepa Taufa-Vuni which was heart-warming.
July 13th 2013, I was invited by the Auckland Central Branch Executive team to share spoken at the PACIFICA Northern Region Mini-Conference which saw many Pacific women from around the North Island attend this event. It was a lovely event filled with laughter and food for thought presented by an inspirational talk from the keynote speaker for that day, MC and Singer Teremoana Rapley.
July 17th, I traveled to my homeland, the Kingdom of Tonga. It was such a heart-warming trip back home. I reunited with my family to commemorate a couple of my Aunts and to celebrate another Aunts’ 90th birthday. The day I had departed from New Zealand, I composed a poem on the plane for my Aunt who turned 90 years of age that weekend. To be able to share my poetry with family members while I was in the Kingdom of Tonga was special.
July 29th 2013, I was invited by Dr Meaola Amituanai-Toloa to speak with first year students at the Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland about my journey thus far as a form of encouragement and empowerment for the students to remain determined in their course of study. At the end of my talk, a young student raised his hand and asked if I could perform a spoken word piece. And so I performed one of my pieces which felt like the natural thing to do after a speaking engagement.
August 2nd 2013, I was invited by the Head of McCauley High School’s Student Council, Rose Fata-Leone, to be a guest judge for McCauley High’s Got Talent event. It was such a fun and vibrant event. I loved seeing the superb talent amongst the performers that day.
This weekend, I will be sharing spoken word once again. I would like to thank ‘Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki for the invitation to perform spoken word at Labour’s Women Leadership Conference. I am honoured and I am looking forward to it.
For each of the events listed above, I offer my thanks to each of you who has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to share something that I love. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! To my family and friends who continue to support everything that I do, malo ‘aupito. I sincerely appreciate your love, encouragement and prayers. ‘Ofa lahi atu xox To the readers of my blog, thank you for joining me on this little journey of mine. I appreciate the feedback that I receive via email and in person. Much love xox
At the beginning of this year, I did not expect any of these opportunities to arise and I am appreciative of every experience. To be provided with great opportunities to share spoken word and to share my story, I have walked away leaving a piece of my heart with those who have connected with me. From these experiences, I have gained perspective that although I had my own plans in place at the beginning of this year, God led me through His plans in order for me to continue to learn and to grow. I give all the glory and honour unto God for I truly believe that He has definitely paved the way ahead of me.
I conclude this blog post with one of my favourite spoken word pieces entitled “Love On” by American Poet Rawsrvnt. Enjoy!