A final word: Pasifika solutions for Pacific problems

  • Kalafi Moala Taimi 'o Tonga
Keywords: communication, culture, journalism education, language, Pacific, Pasifika, Tonga


The issues that challenge the stewardship of Pasifika’s peoples are as complex and diverse as the Pacific itself. We have our own conceptual tools that help us understand these complex issues. Our problem has been that we have a hard time using the tools of others and we end up with somewhat distorted understanding of our own issues. No wonder we have problems sometimes in communicating our issues to the people we serve. Telling our own stories, in our own language, with our own conceptual tools, so that we can construct meaning and bring understanding is the aim of Pacific journalism.


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Author Biography

Kalafi Moala, Taimi 'o Tonga

Kalafi Moala, a Tongan author, commentator, broadcaster and publisher of the kingdom’s first independent newspaper, Taimi ‘o Tonga, delivered this concluding keynote speech at the World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC) conference at Auckland University of Technology in July 2016. He is on the editorial board of Pacific Journalism Review and the author of Island Kingdom Strikes Back: The Story of an Independent Island Newspaper—Taimi ‘o Tonga and other books.

How to Cite
Moala, K. (2016). A final word: Pasifika solutions for Pacific problems. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 22(2), 118-121. https://doi.org/10.24135/pjr.v22i2.73