A Solomon Islands academic working in New Zealand is urging Pasifika youth to embrace their culture and draw strength from their heritage.
Kabini Sanga is an associate professor at Victoria University in Wellington who has established mentoring and leadership training programmes for young people in Solomon Islands and New Zealand.
Professor Sanga says in an ever more globalised world knowing and accepting your roots can be an important asset.
"Appreciate who you are, be content with who you are. And in being content explore that which is already you. So that in your daringness you might even flourish as a person and consequently as a leader.
"So that the grounds which you conquer might indeed be a blessing not only to yourself and your family but to everyone else."