Pasifika Glossary

Words of welcome

Kia orana Cook Islands
Fakaalofa lahi atu Niue
Malo e lava ma Tonga
Ulu tonu mai Tokelau Islands
Talofa Samoa
Ni sa bula vinaka Fiji
Halo keta Solomon Islands
Talofa ni Tuvalu
Tagata Pasifika Name of the Pacific Islands programme on TV One  
Tangata Pasifika A term coined to include all peoples of the Pacific inlcuding those from the islands, plus Maori and Pakeha
Micronesia This term generally refers to the many small isalnds of the Pacific which are to the west and north of Melanesia. In addition to the Federated States of Micronesia this includes little nations such as Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands and Northern Marianas.
Melanesia A debateable term which originally was applied to an ethnic group before the diversity of people in this part of the Pacific was recognised. It is now often used as a geographic term referring to islands such as Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea which lie to the west of the Polynesian triangle.
Polynesia This term meaning "many islands" is applied to a giant triangle of Pacific Islands with with Hawai'i', Easter Island and New Zealand at the tips of the triangle. It is also used to describe pre-colonial people from these islands and a few others outside the area, who have ethnic links. They are said to have dispersed through sea voyages.
Warm Pacific greetings This phrase is suggested by Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai, the manager of the Pacific Islands Centre at the University of Otago. It is used to deal with the problem of selecting appropriate greetings for mixed groups of Pacific people.