Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea i te galutau. Ke mau mai, ke mau mai’, which means, ‘Never give up hope, even amidst chaos and much uncertainty. Stay united, stay strong’ is a timely reminder considering the difficult times communities have faced due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  “It reminds us we must never surrender to the challenges we face in our lives, but instead we must persevere and overcome them,” says Aupito William Sio. “The relationship between heritage and language is critical for our Pacific communities to realise their fullest potential of becoming modern-day navigators and explorers, creators and innovators. “The greatest treasure of Pacific Aotearoa ...

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Written by Dr harold Gunatillake –Health Writer to websites, Sri Lankan and overseas newspapers and magazines            “Reading articles on health issues may inspire to initiate a Healthier Life Style- ought to be considered a priority in your life so precious to you.   Do not wait till your car breaks down on the road-side and make your family push to the closest garage. Check and replace parts at the scheduled times and run the vehicle smoothly.              Likewise, apply the same principles to your life. Get regular check -ups and make your life run smoothly.”                                        This is easily said and done, but not practical to stay keep fit in developing countries due to day to day livelihood problems. In the more affluent first world countries, ‘Medicare’, and universal schemes are established for people to have their medical check-ups carried out annually, even when healthy and ...

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