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Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 11.13.10 AMThe Australian Association for Pacific Studies Annual Lecture in memory of Epeli Hau’ofa will be presented by Tevita O. Ka’ili.

“In the beginning was the ocean” is the opening line of the Tongan creation story. Tongan deep history states that people originated in the moana (deep sea), and that Limu (seaweed) and Kele (sea sediment) are our primordial parents. Epeli’s Hau’ofa’s concept of Oceania revives an ancient cosmogony that begins with the moana and frames our advocacy for the ocean.

In this paper, Tēvita O. Kaʻili will navigate Hauʻofa’s Oceania by traversing what has now become a sea of ocean pollution, ocean acidification, rising sea levels, overfishing and deep sea mining. He will also critically examine, from an indigenous Tā-Vā (time-space) theory, the “mining” by extractive corporations, like Disney, of cultural heritage, such as stories, symbols, iconographies, objects, motifs, and deities that are associated with the ocean.”

Date: 12th April                                                                                                            

Time: 5.30-6.30pm                                                            

Venue: Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton

Entry is free but please book to reserve a seat by emailing

For inquiries or other information please contact Lindy Allen:; phone 8341 7386

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