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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds The Pacific is quite a range of different places. So it’s not just Polynesia. A lot of people just assume that the Pacific is only Polynesia, but it’s Micronesia, and it’s Melanesia, as well. To use somebody else’s words, the wonderful Epeli Hau’ofa, we’re a sea of islands that are connected and separated by the ocean. It’s a powerful mass of water. But it’s also very vulnerable, as we see today how easy it is to treat it as a tip for rubbish coming in from all over the world. Oceania is our home, our kuleana, our responsibility. It is also our place of creation, connectivity, and resilience. Just beautiful people, beautiful values, very similar values, similar languages.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 seconds We’re connected through purakau, through whakapapa, through migration. I just kind of see the Pacific as home. No matter where I am, it’s always nice to think of the Pacific as my people. I think it’s a lot larger than everyone thinks about. And it’s filled with so many amazing, unique cultures that don’t just fit under this neat umbrella of the Pacific.

What does the Pacific mean to you?

As part of the Cook 250 Festival in Whitby, artist Ahilapalapa Rands created video artwork exploring Pacific communities’ relationship with Captain Cook.

In this section, members of the community give their views on their relationship with the Pacific and what it means to them.

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