STORIES

Climate Warriors Pray for the Pacific

It was the October 17th 2015 and thirty 350.org Pacific Climate Warriors had just blockaded the largest coal port in the world in Newcastle, Australia. They had done this using traditionally made hand carved canoes to send a very clear message to Australia: that the continued expansion of the fossil fuel industry was exporting destruction Read More

Trying to reduce your plastic waste can be entirely overwhelming. When you look at your shopping, the majority of it is likely wrapped in plastic. So how do you still find something to eat yet stop producing massive amounts of trash? I’d say start with tiny baby steps. You do not have to overhaul your Read More

Do you ever think about death?

Harry: Do you ever think about death?
 Sally: Yes.
 Harry: Sure you do, a fleeting thought that jumps in and
 out of the transom of your mind. I spend hours, I spend days...
 Sally: And you think that makes you a better person.
 Harry: Look, when the shit comes down I'm gonna be prepared
and you're Read More

We crossed a line. That fuzzy, indeterminate, unfixed space between tourist and local. Between outsider and insider. It’s a bizarre, privileged and delicate place to be. When a project or opportunity invites your full immersion, the stakes are higher. The lessons are steeper, your participation in all types of activities is acutely important, and your Read More

Do Some Lives Matter More and Others Less?

In a rural village of Timor-Leste, I found myself sitting on the floor of an ume kububu, a traditional kitchen hut built with bamboo and dried grass. I was helping to prepare a meal with a woman named Mama Alda. My small fingers gripped the hand-woven basket as I sifted husk out from rice. “No Read More

I Dream of Driving a Car

I dream of driving a car. Those few times when I have sat with my hands on the steering wheel, I felt in control of my life. But I was born into a society where it is not culturally acceptable for a woman to drive a car. In Afghanistan, many men feel great shame if Read More

20 Years of Storytelling and Advocacy in the Pacific

Peter Sipeli is a freethinker. For over 20 years, he’s shared his thoughts, experiences and stories in the hope of opening minds and hearts to create change across the Pacific, particularly in the human rights and LGBTIQ space. Today, Peter is still a passionate storyteller and human rights advocate. He’s also an arts manager, a Read More

What’s tragic is your warped view on disability

A couple of months ago now, I came across an opinion piece online entitled “Wake up and smell the coffee – life cannot be that bad”. I skimmed and saw the word “wheelchair”. Given I use one, I was intrigued and read on. The author, regular NZ Herald columnist Alan Duff, told people to stop Read More

Refugees Embraced in Foara, Jordan

It was a sunny day outside and dusty as usual when my friends Katja, Antonia, and myself, with the support of Hadeel, our English-Arabian translator, visited the Hariri family’s house in the village of Foara in the north district of Irbid in Jordan. “Marhaban bikum fi almanzil,” said Abdul Hariri, the oldest son, as he Read More

I was sitting in our van alone, in heavy rain, crying in the dark with little relief. It was December 2014 and I had just, finally, admitted to myself that our marriage was over. Two daughters and what felt like a lifetime of travel and outdoor experiences weren’t enough to keep us together. We had Read More

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