Talanoa panels

Talanoa is a concept recognised in many Pacific island nations including Niue, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Hawai’i and the Cook Islands. Broadly speaking, talanoa usually entails inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue between all parties without a set format or structure.

The talanoa panels are intended to lay down the first strands of weaving in what is hoped, over time, will become sturdy baskets of knowledge in each area. There will be further opportunities for community engagement and discussion around these topics following the Pacific hearing.

Session 1: Pathways into care

The first talanoa panel will explore structural, systemic, and contextual factors that led to Pacific children and young people entering care. Some of the complexities around addressing these issues will be canvassed, as well as the potential for developing systems underpinned by Pacific values and experiences. 

Facilitated by: Folasaitu Dr Julia Ioane

Panel members:

Cabrini ‘Ofa Makasiale

Fuimaono Karl Pulotu Endemann

Dr Sailau Sualii-Sauni

Emeline Afeaki-Mafile’o

Witness Statement of Cabrini Makasiale for Tulou Our Pacific Voices Tatala e Pulonga

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