“We should not be defined by the smallness of our islands, but by the greatness of our oceans.
We are the sea, we are the ocean. Oceania is us.
We must wake up to this ancient truth and together overturn all hegemonic views that aim ultimately to confine us again, physically and psychologically.
It is time to create things for ourselves, to create established standards of excellence that match those of our ancestors”.
-Epeli Hau’ofa, Pacific scholar