Creativetalanoa.com was created by Maryanne Pale on January 7th 2012. Maryanne is an educator, Tongan by ethnicity, born and raised in New Zealand and is currently residing in Australia.  Led by her interest in poetry, prose, spoken word and all things creative; stories and inspiration from lived experiences of special guests are shared on this blog in the form of *talanoa. In addition, insights into her work and her engagement with various communities are also provided on this blog through her reflective writing.

*Talanoa is a pan-Pacific term and is used widely across Oceania. The term talanoa in the Tongan language denotes as “to talk (in an informal way), to tell stories or relate experiences, to talk about, or to say” (Churchward, 1959, p447). To read the talanoa with the special guests, please click on the following link: Creative Talanoa with Special Guests

Thank you for visiting Creativetalanoa.com. If you have any questions, please send an email to: creativetalanoa@gmail.com


  1. Great way to start off the year! I am so proud of you and all that you continue to do with your poetry work. Keep inspiring, keep motivating, and most of all keep writing. All the best! Alofa Tele Atu! -RM

    1. Thank you! 🙂 I appreciate the support & encouragement that you have provided over the years. This is an exciting step forward YAY! Wishing you a wonderful 2012! ‘Ofa lahi atu xox

  2. The page looks great Meli! Congratulations once again and I will take some time to go through and read everything!!!Keep up the great work, you are an inspiration to all…ofa lahi atu sis!!!!!!xox

    1. Aww thank you sis! I love the new look on this website and I still am working on adding content hehe! I appreciate your support & encouragement sis! Happy New Year once again 🙂 ‘Ofa lahi atu xox

  3. You have a beautiful blog, and your poetry is fascinating. Your cultural heritage is rich, and I love that you celebrate it and share it with us! Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  4. HI Maryanne,

    thanks for subscribing to my blog … yours is beautiful. I love hearing the perspective and voice from another part of the world. Blessings!

  5. Keep it up cuz! Remember, some of the greatest poems delve into the “darker” side of life’s experiences so don’t be afraid to explore this fearlessly and mine the rich vein of gold you may find. ‘Ofa atu, Nase

    1. Aww thank you so much bro! I appreciate your words of encouragement. I’m excited about this journey as it unfolds. Thank you for visiting my blog. It means a lot. ‘Ofa lahi atu xox

  6. Hi Maryanne! I wanted to thank you for choosing to follow my blog! I enjoyed your bio and look forward to reading the stories, reflections and poetry you post here. Thanks again!

  7. Hi Maryanne. Thanks so much for following my blog. Wishing you best writing days on your collection of poems. I’m working on putting together a collection now. Might be a chapbook first.


    1. Hi Susan, I am excited for you! YAY! All the very best with compiling your book. Please keep us readers posted once it’s published. I would love to hear about it and hopefully I can also get a copy. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by on my blog and for your words of encouragement. I truly appreciate it! God bless xox

  8. Hi Maryanne ,

    Thank you for your visit at my site and by doing so give me a change to read your poetry.

    1. Hi Francina,
      You’re most welcome! Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate that you’ve stopped by today to have a read. I look forward to reading more of your updates.
      God bless xox

  9. Hello Maryanne , thank you for visiting my page, I have been here on wordpress since last June and have found it a wonderful place to grow, write and find out just how much talent and friendliness there is out there! Thank you for following my blog I hope you will enjoy it . I am following your blog too as it looks beautiful and interesting. May you have a happy week! 😉 xx

    1. Hi 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog. I love the way you write and I look forward to reading more of your work. It has been a month now since I’ve started blogging on here and I agree with you, it is a wonderful place to grow, write and connect with other people too. I appreciate your kind words. Have a wonderful new week. God bless xox

  10. Thank you so much for following my blog! I love your poetry and your blog! Keep up the beautiful writing! I love that you support other creative people on your blog as we’re all in this together. Thank you for providing me (a blogging newbie) with a role model!

    1. Hi Vicki,

      Aww thank you so much! I’m truly humbled by your kind words. Learning is lifelong and I am much like you, still learning 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to go through this blog. I agree with you that we are all in this together! It’s great to acknowledge the awesome people out there who are striving for similar things that we are and/or who are already living their daily lives publishing and producing written work. It’s both inspiring and encouraging. I look forward to reading your blog updates. Once again, thank you for kind words.

      God bless xox

  11. We are humbled at receiving a nomination for the Liebster Blog Award from Stephanie. Thanks, Steph for this. All you guys are our “blogily” & thank you all for being in our lives. You have enriched our lives beyond words can describe. We love you all & feel truly blessed & you guys are our “dearest” & “beloved” – our liebsters!!

    God bless…& keep sharing the wonderful words & love for all.

    Here are a few of the blogs that we’d like to nominate ahead.



















    1. Wow! I’ve just seen the post (above) hehe! Thank you for the nomination. I’m honoured that you included me in your liste of nominations. I appreciate it very much. God bless xox

  12. Love your blog!!! Thanks for following my blog. I pray we continue to journey this life together.

    I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award.

    So, what does Liebster mean?? And what’s the award?? Here’s the rundown…

    “Liebster” means favorite or beloved in German, and this award helps to draw attention to blogs that aren’t too well-known.

    Here are the rules for this award:
    Upon receipt of the award, one is to:
    1) Link back to the blogger who gave it
    2) Paste the award on the blog
    3) Choose 5 blogs to pass this award to (they must have fewer than 200 followers)
    4) Let the recipients know about their nomination by leaving a comment on their blogs.

    1. Hi Lynda,
      Thank you so much! I truly appreciate the nomination. Thank you for visiting my blog and for also considering me as one of the nominees. Looking forward to reading more of your updates.
      God bless xox

  13. Thanks for liking my two first poems on WordPress. It seems that you have a great blog yourself. I’ll check it out for sure!

  14. Hi Maryanne,

    You have a lovely blog up here. Awesome!! 🙂

    After enjoying a joyful ride in your blog, I would like to kindly invite you to visit mine. I’m writing poetry myself, so perhaps you’d be interested in reading them.

    Thank you and have a lovely day, my friend! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    1. Hi Subhan,

      It’s great to connect with you on here. Thank you for taking the time to read through my blog. I appreciate that. And thank you for your invitation to visit your blog. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through your posts and I am looking forward to your blog updates.

      Have a fab week.

      God bless xox

    1. I’m glad that you have taken the time to read through some of my posts. I appreciate it very much and I look forward to reading more of your blog updates. God bless xox

  15. Hi maryann it’s Asia Mele’s daughter how are you? This website is awesome! Ofa lahi atu say hi to uncle – xoxo

    1. Hello my darling niece,
      Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate that you’ve left a comment. Please send my love to your Mum & the rest of our family there.
      ‘Ofa lahi atu xox

  16. Hello Maryanne, I hope all is well with you and your family! I wanted to share my first video with you my sister, hope you like it. it is from a CD which will be coming out in the near future, I mean the track is one of 15 songs with my vocals and my friend/brothers awesome music which he specifically wrote for the 23 poems we used on the tracks. Please view like and share and let me know what you think! You are important to me and are always in my prayers. God bless! Here is the link: http://youtu.be/KY6kpbRLF1Q

    1. Hi Wendell, thank you so much for sharing your video brother. I have checked it out and it is spiritually uplifting. It is fantastic to hear that your poem will be a part of a forthcoming CD compilation. Well done. I am happy that you are developing different mediums to share your work as I know many will be blessed by it. Your poems are always positive and encouraging. Thank you for sharing your work with me. May God continue to bless you abundantly in all that you do.

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