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Hopenhagen Ambassador Contest November 18, 2009

Filed under: Literature,News — pacificdocs @ 9:38 am

Hopenhagen Ambassador Contest is working to connect every person, city and nation with what is happening at the conference in Copenhagen, believing that citizens can help push the fate of the planet down a positive path by showing political leaders that the citizens of world passionately want them to reach an agreement that would limit how much carbon emissions each country would produce. Leaders are shying away from making these commitments, and wants to show there is a strong political will to set emissions targets — which would mean more green jobs, and a more sustainable future for people everywhere.

The Pacific island countries are subject to the impacts of global warming caused by excessive fossil fuel burning, atmospheric pollution, and deforestation of the land hemisphere.  The small islands of the world have good cause to be worried, with sea levels rising to the point where whole island nations could become submerged.  Where would that leave the people who inhabit those islands?

If you are passionate about the issue of global warming and climate change, and the impact it has on the Pacific islands, why not have you say by taking part in the Hopenhagen Ambassador Contest where a citizen journalist will be sent to Copenhagen for the climate conference, to represent the tiny island of the Pacific.


The Creation Story – Tonga November 5, 2009

Tongan canoe early postcard

The Creation Story

In the beginning there was just the sea, and the spirit world, Pulotu; and between them was a rock called Touia’o Futuna. On the Rock lived Biki and his twin sister, Kele, ‘Atungaki and his twin sister, Maimoa’o Longona, Fonua’uta and his twin sister, Fonuavai, and Hemoana and his twin sister, Lupe. Biki lay with his own sister and she bore him two children, a son, Taufulifonua, and a daughter, Havea Lolofonua; ‘Atungaki also lay with his sister and she bore him a daughter, Velesi’i.

When Taufulifonua grew to manhood, his sister, Havea Lolofonua, bore him a son, Hikule’o, Velelahi bore him a son, Tangaloa, and Velesi’i bore him a son, Maui. Hikule’o, Tangaloa and Maui divided the creation between them. Hikule’o took as his portion, Pulotu, Tangaloa took the sky and Maui the underworld. Hemoana, whose form was a sea snake, and Lupe, whose form was a dove, then divided the remainder between them, Hemoana taking the sea and Lupe taking the land.

Tangaloa had several sons in the sky: Tangaloa Tamapo’uli’Alamafoa, Tangaloa ‘Eitumatupu’a, Tangaloa’Atulongolongo and Tangaloa Tufunga. Old Tangaloa grew tired of looking down from the sky and seeing nothing but sea, so he sent down Tangaloa’Atulongolongo in the form of a plover to see if he could find land. All Tangaloa’Atulongolongo could find was a reef below the water, where ‘Ata is now. So Old Tangaloa told Tangaloa Tufunga to throw down into the sea the chips from the wood carving on which he was working. Tangaloa Tufunga continued to do this for a long time, and on two occasions Tangaloa’Atulongolongo flew down in the form of a plover to see if anything had happened, but found nothing. On the third occasion, however, he found that the chips had formed an island. This was ‘Eua. Later, Tangaloa Tufunga threw down more chips to form the island of Kao and Tofua.

Tongatapu and most of the other islands were the work of Maui. One day Maui visited Manu’a and there and old man, Tonga Fusifonua, gave him a fish-hook. Maui went fishing with this hook, but when he tried to pull in his line he found it was caught. He exerted all his strength and succeeded in hauling the line in, to find that he had dragged up Tongatapu from the bottom of the sea. Maui continued fishing with this wonderful hook and so pulled up from the deeps the rest of the islands of Tonga, and some of those of Fiji and Samoa as well.

Ata began as a reef below the water and slowly rose out of the sea. One day Tangaloa’Atulongolongo visited ‘Ata in the form of a plover and dropped a seed from his beak upon the island. The next time he visited ‘Ata he found that the seed had grown into a creeper until it split in two. Then he returned to the sky. A few days later he returned to find that the root had rotted and a fat, juicy worm was curled up in it. He pecked the worm in two. From the top section a man was formed called Kohai. The bottom section also turned into a man called Koau. Then the plover felt a morsel left on his beak; he shook it off and it turned into a man called Momo. Kohai, Koau and Momo were the first men in Tonga. Maui brought them wives from Pulotu and they became the ancestors of the Tongan people.

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