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Loss of cultural heritage to climate change

Atasa Moceituba
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

HE has two career goals set in place once he attains a degree in Bachelor of Science.

The first is to obtain a scholarship to further his studies in a post-graduate program majoring in biology, and the second is to secure a scholarship to further his career in the medical arena.

Ioane Moala outlines himself to be someone who cares about others and always finds opportunities to help someone else for a change, he is loyal and a man who believes honesty as the basis of all healthy relationships.

In this year's Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival, he will advocate on the issue of the loss of our cultural heritage to climate change.

Sponsored by Ayaan Security in this year's festival, the 23-year-old from Vava'u, Tonga, believes culture, customs and traditions play a huge role in the lives of Pacific islanders.

"Pacific Islands are very poor compared to overseas countries. Our culture and traditions make us unique and different from other countries and that is something we should be proud of."

Mr Moala does Tongan handicraft items and uses the money he earns to support his studies.

He says the festival is a way for him to advocate on the issue that he is passionate about, adding this is another way to bring the issue into recognition.

"I'm not after the crown. I just want people to know about the important role culture and traditions play in their lives and most importantly their identity."

Mr Moala puts his family to be his most-prized possession because he strongly believes family is priceless and irreplaceable, saying no one understands a person better like the way a family does.

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