11 Oct 2019

Fijian Language Week - new dance aims to help embrace identity

From , 5:01 am on 11 October 2019

A new Fijian meke or traditional dance aims to encourage the islanders to embrace their identity and help them cope with the changes around them.

The director of Fijian dance at the Pasifika Arts Centre in Auckland, Alipate Traill, says the new meke will be launched in Auckland this weekend.

He says the dance tells the story of Fijians in New Zealand and the impacts of change on their lives.

Christine Rovoi reports.

Alipate Traill, right, and Joana Monolagi teach young Fijians the meke seasea which will be launched at this weekend's Fiji Day celebrations in Auckland.

Alipate Traill, right, and Joana Monolagi teach young Fijians the meke seasea which will be launched at this weekend's Fiji Day celebrations in Auckland. Photo: Supplied