New photographic series ‘Lukim Yu’ documents the people of Ra island

‘Lukim Yu’ is the name of a series of 132 photographic portraits of the people of Ra island, located off Mota Lava in the Banks Islands in Vanuatu’s north. Photographed in April this year by French photojournalist Mélinda Trochu, the series was published this week on Instagram. We talk to Mélinda about the experience of working with the people of Ra to capture these beautiful images.

 

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Pala Molisa: we need to rebuild the links between the peoples of the Pacific

Pala Molisa, PhD. Photo: Victoria University

Ni-Vanuatu scholar Pala Molisa, PhD. Photo: Victoria University

Pala Molisa was born in Vanuatu, but did most of his schooling in New Zealand. He’s now a lecturer at Victoria University’s Business School, with a PhD in accounting. Not your usual, yawn-inducing kind of accounting, but the kind that gets him called an “activist accountant”. Here he talks to Dale Husband of e-tangata about why Māori and other Pasifika people need to reconnect “the threads of whakapapa [geneaology, ancestry] that colonisation has broken” — and unite to tackle the big social and ecological challenges of our time.

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