Victoria community funds cyclone-proof Vanuatu education centre

Children in the villages of Paunangisu and Emua on Efate now have a new cyclone-proof early education centre at Manua, thanks to the Victoria University of Wellington, its staff, students and two student groups who joined forces to fundraise over Vt2.2million ($28,000) in aid. Emua and Paungangisu was one of the many villages on the island severely damaged after Category 5 cyclone Pam hit on March 13, 2015

… Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) Luamanuvao Winnie Laban and lecturer Dr Pala Molisa, who is originally from Vanuatu, spoke at the official opening in front of about 200 people, including representatives from Vanuatu’s Ministry of Education and Training, the New Zealand High Commissioner, Volunteer Service Abroad, and members of the Manua community including local chiefs, educators, children and their families last Tuesday.

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Grace Molisa: Colonised People (1987)

colonised-people

Vanuatu
Supports
Liberation
Movements
for
the Liberation
of Colonised People

Clear
articulations
of support
for
freedom fighters
West Papua
French Polynesia
and Kanaky

Vanuatu
Womenfolk
half
the population
remain
colonised
by
the Free Men
of Vanuatu

Womenfolk
Cook, sew,
feed, clothe
housekeep
homemake
childbear
healthcare
passively
following
orders
instructions
commands

Women
are treated
as if
having no brain
as if
having no thought
as if
having no feeling
as if
incompetent
and incapable

Man’s
colonial
domination
of Woman
is exemplified
in the submissive
subservient
obedience
to man’s rule
and autonomy
which takes
Woman Vanuatu
for granted
as
a beast of burden

Nineteen eighty-six
statistics
at Vila Central
show
that women
are treated
worse
than cats,
dogs and pigs.

When a pig
a domestic
animal
is brutalised
there is
a hue and cry
and plenty toktok

When a man
husband
lover
boyfriend
betrothed
intended groom
de facto husband
bashes
batters
brutalises
kills
a woman
it is accepted
taken for granted
as the Man’s right
therefore
hemi
bisnes blong
tufala nomo
therefore
it becomes
confirmed
legitimised
entrenched
accepted practice
therefore
Vanuatu women
remain
colonised people.

From 10.01.’86
to 3.6.’86
Seventy-three cases
a sample reads –
struck
on the lead
lost consciousness.

Six months pregnant
kicked
in the abdomen
punched
on the head
perforated eardrum
scalp lacerations
requiring suturing
kicked in the chest
semi conscious
scalp lacerations
severe haemmorhage
operation performed
struck with wood
both sides of head
punched
on the mouth and nose
haematoma
deep penetrating wound,
fingers chopped off
epistaxis
orbital
haematoma.
Whipped with stirrup
on back and buttocks
punched over truck
ruptured spleen
and (R) kidney
2 major operations.
Pushed to ground
striking head
against table
haematoma
(L) eye
ear and cheek
punched
on face and mouth
suturing
facial laceration.
bruising on hands
legs, buttocks,
laceration
back of head.
punched in face
struck
on (R) forearm
kicked abdomen
(R) shoulder
and (R) hip
struck by stone
abrasions
and haematoma
on forehead
scratches
limbs and back
kicked in axilia
punched
(L) shoulder and arm
brusing on back
fractured ribs.

At least
ten women a month
in Port Vila
alone
mostly
bashed
on the head
and kicked
in the abdomen
and thorax
while pregnant
are admitted
because
their battered bodies
require suturing
re-structuring
re-construction
for the next
onslaught
and slaughter
because
Man is Boss
Man i Kat Raet
therefore
in Vanuatu
IT IS RIGHT
according to
the THINKING
and PRACTICE
of Vanuatu
Leaders
Preachers
Chieves
Policymakers
Custodians
of culture
and refinement
in politics
in church
in custom
according to
the Melanesian
values
of our extended
family system
according to
our Christian
principles
according to
our democracy
Man’s freedom
And
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These practices
typify
as well as
exemplify
Man’s
attitudes
and covert
colonising
behaviour
towards
Vanuatu women.

Women
are
prevented
from
developing
their
potential
to utilise
their own
brains
exercise
their own
minds
think
their own
thoughts
express
their own
feelings
by
Man’s
brute force
which
suppresses
oppresses
exploits
and dictates
Woman’s
fearful
submission
to Man’s
insensitivity
and inhumanity
to Ni-Vanuatu
Womankind.

Colonialism
is violence.
Colonialism
violates
the spirit
the mind
the body
Colonialism
violates
the collective Right
all women
Colonialism
violates
individual right
Colonialism
violates
the Human Right
of Women
to Human Dignity

Vanuatu
preaches
and supports
the Liberation
of Colonised People
overseas
but at home
is not prepared
to consider
that
women too
are are human
women too
are people
women too
have minds
women too
think
women too
have feelings
women too
have a right
to be counted
women too
have a right
to be recognised
women too
have a right
to be respected
women too
have a right
to Human dignity
women too
have a right
to be Free
Free to think
Free to  express
Free to  choose
Free to  love
and be loved
as Women Vanuatu

Radio New Zealand: Academic tells Kiribati not to rush into Bakov decision

Pala Molisa, from Wellington’s Victoria University, said the Pacific was becoming the new hunting ground for predatory countries wanting to invest.

He said the Kiribati government had a fine balancing act between trying to attract investors and ensuring sovereignty and good development.

He said consultation with local communities was key.

“If you look closely at a lot of these experiments too, they’ve often been ways of practising a kind of cultural imperialism that actually runs roughshod off the voices and concerns of communities especially at the lower grassroots level.”

Auckland Museum panel discussion: Mana Wahine

The history and current state of feminism was the subject of a lively panel discussion recorded by Radio New Zealand at the Auckland Museum.

“According to Dr Pala Molisa, pay inequality is one of the most fundamental economic issues that a lot of women fought for in the early years of feminism, and it’s still a problem today.

However, he thinks that it’s really only one of the symptoms of gender inequality which exists in a patriarchal culture greatly affected by colonisation. “We really can’t start to get our heads around pay equity,” he adds, “until you start confronting the wider structural realities of colonisation as a whole.”

Not necessarily so, according to Dr Ngahuia Te Awekotuku.”

Click the link above for the Radio New Zealand podcast.