“Ni sa bula vinaka, Ara Poutama Aotearoa! I am proud that I have maintained my values, connection and culture whilst living in New Zealand, which has a strong Fijian community. Throughout my childhood my parents kept me connected to my culture through language, traditional Fijian and Indian dancing, and traditional Fijian foods,” says Sindika.
Born in Lautoka, known as the City of Sugarcane, in the Fiji Islands, Sindika moved to Aotearoa | New Zealand with her parents when she was one year old. She currently works as a Probation Officer at the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court in Auckland. “I find my language and culture helps me to have a better understanding of others, especially the Pacific groups we support,” says Sindika.
To celebrate Fijian Language Week and look after her wellbeing in lockdown, Sindika will spend some time talking to her vuvale (family) and noqu itokani (friends).
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