adapted byHelen Tau'au Filisi.png It’s been such a blessing to launch our 9th book so far since beginning back in March of 2015 and this month also gave a presentation at the Te Wananga o Aotearoa Research Symposium (Maori tertiary education institution) on “Rangahau (Re-search) in action – from a SamoaNZ perspective”.

In the presentation, I was able to outline from where I started to where I am today and that there are spiritual forces at play beyond my comprehension in how I am now doing what I do. In that I had wanted to go to Art school at Uni but instead took on arts degrees and now am self publishing and manage the process from the start to finish.

I also ended up re-searching my namesake’s village’s sacred sites and stories (maternal Great grandmother Eleni) in Falealupo and had never intended to end up writing and researching about it. Now it has become information that I have written poetry, stories and painted on and it wasn’t something that was intended from the beginning yet in retrospect – it was meant to be.

So I thank God for such amazing opportunities and also my family for being such an amazing support right from the very beginning in my parents and my paternal Grandmother for assisting. My husband and children who continue to encourage and inspire me to continue writing, painting, thinking and talking about it as well as neat friends who are constantly there for me. It has truly been a blessing…