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Behind The Scenes With Aaron Tamwoy

Posted in Uncategorized on October 16, 2012 by kasaporyarn

Picture of Aaron TamwoyAaron Tamwoy returns to Kasa Por Yarn 2 as the storyteller. Aaron recently moved to Brisbane after working as the sexual health educator at the NPA Family Resource Centre for five years.

Kasa Por Yarn talks about some taboo subjects. What do you think of this?

We all have influences from TV, the internet and magazines about these topics so I believe it’s good to address these issues from a health point of view. People need to be given the proper information in order to make informed decisions regarding their health.

This time you did a video of the story. What was that like?

I was bit nervous at first because I’ve had no experience but once I did it, it turned out better than I expected.

What do you like about Kasa Por Yarn?

I like that it’s a story that relates to the average person living in the Straits or NPA, and the fact that we’ve got local people involved in every aspect from acting and scriptwriting. I also like that it’s talking about issues that I feel need to be addressed.

Do you have a message for your NPA friends and family?

I’d encourage them to listen to Kasa Por Yarn 2. It will be bigger and better than the first series.

Behind the Scenes with Chiomi Fujii

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2012 by kasaporyarn

Picture of Chiomi FujiiChiomi is originally from Thursday Island but now lives on Badu. Chiomi plays Mandy, a singer and party girl, who is in the group, Ailan Krew, with J-Dogs and her brother Matthew.

Tell us about Mandy

Mandy loves to party. She’s a free spirit and she doesn’t know which boy she wants. She’s also good friends with Elise.

Do you know anyone like Mandy?

Yeh me! Kidding. Yes my best friend Janis. She’s really outgoing and she parties and she’s always making people laugh. She’s always dancing non-stop.

Have you acted before?

Yeh. I love acting. I used to study acting at Uni in Brisbane but I was homesick. I’d love to more acting.

What was the most fun thing about the show?

Acting all silly with Danny and having a good laugh. Danny kept me going with all his funny acts and jokes. J-dogs is my favourite character because he’s so funny.

What do you think about the storyline?

It like people up here. That’s what happens in real life.

What was the hardest thing about acting?

It was hard making all the kissing sounds and doing the rap. The rapping was alright but I didn’t feel really confident. I didn’t think the video of Uncool Love would come out as good. My singing is alright but I don’t think I’m the best singer.

Damien likes Mandy. Do you think they are a good match?

Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see.

Unwanted Sex

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2012 by kasaporyarn

Picture of Jayson, Mandy and Damien.

Mandy says ‘my body, my decision’

In Kasa Por Yarn, Mandy is being pressured by boys to have sex. She wants to say no and she tells Damien: “It’s my body, my decision. If you don’t like it then that’s your problem.”

Forcing someone you know to have sex is called ‘date rape’:

  1. Date Rape is forced or coerced sex between partners, dates, friends, friends of friends or general acquaintances.
  2. Date Rape can be forced both physically and emotionally. People might use tactics like threatening your reputation or spreading rumours, threatening to not like you, name calling, saying you “brought it on” or “really want it”, threats to break up.
  3. If you’ve had too much to drink or had drugs and you do not consent to sex, it is still rape.
  4. If you don’t want to have sex, say NO like you mean it and fight it off if you have to – people who fight off a rapist are more likely to stop the rape.
  5. Date Rape is the most common form of rape, with 1 in 4 girls expected to fall victim to rape or attempted rape before they reach 25.
  6. Although girls are more often victims of rape, guys are not safe – they can be raped too.
  7. NO MEANS NO! If a person says no to sex (no matter how quietly or unconvincingly) and you go ahead with it anyway, that is rape.

Adapted from teen advice

Talking to teens about relationships

Posted in Uncategorized on October 2, 2012 by kasaporyarn
Picture of Helen and Damien

Helen (Sylvia Tabua) is a single mum who talks to her son Damien (James Nona) about staying safe.

In Kasa Por Yarn, Helen is very open with her son Damien about relationships, girls and about using condoms.

Adults may feel uncomfortable talking to teens about boys, girls and relationships because they are embarrassed or unsure of what to say or how to begin. But the truth is if you talk to your young people about relationships and sex, you’re looking out for them and protecting them. Nobody wants their young teen to get pregnant.

Fact 1: Many studies have found that teenagers, whose family talk to them about relationships and sex, are more likely to start sex at a LATER age, use protection, and have fewer partners.

Fact 2:  Most kids are bombarded with TV, magazine and web information and images about sex – no matter how hard you try to shield them from it. Kids need good, clear facts; and they need to be able to hear it in an atmosphere of trust, openness and support.

3 tips to get you started

1. Update your own knowledge by checking out these websites or picking up some brochures from the clinic. Focus on providing factual information, free of judgements. Check out:  and (a great site for teens).

2. Talk while doing an activity together (like fishing or cooking).It can be a great way to encourage conversation. Talking about TV shows and magazine articles can be a good way to start a conversation about sex and relationships.

3. Listen carefully. Take young people’s responses and questions seriously, and answer as honestly as you can. If you avoid questions, you may send negative messages about the issues. Remember, kids will always look for the answers and they may need help to understand what they find out. They may already have very wrong information from talking to their friends.

Teens and Drinking – Party Safe

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2012 by kasaporyarn

Photo of the cast of Kasa Por Yarn 2Kasa Por Yarn – Week 5 Torres News Feature Article

Teens and Drinking – Party Safe

In Episode 5 of Kasa Por Yarn the Ailan Krew leave for a big party on Badu.

The ‘I Stay Safe’ website ( gives explicit and honest information to teens about sex, relationships, drinking and drugs. Here’s some advice from the site:

Plan ahead

You may have the best plans to look after yourself and your friends but everything can change when you’re drunk or using drugs.

Alcohol and drugs affect the way your brain operates, how you behave, and how you can protect yourself. This is particularly true for teens. Drugs and alcohol can affect their developing brains forever.

Alcohol can change how you behave sexually. Plan ahead on how you are going to stay safe in terms of sex.

Alcohol and drugs might change you

They can cloud your mind and lead you to take risks you might not otherwise take. You can lose control.

People react to alcohol and/or drugs in different ways. You might experience emotions and behaviours that are strange. Some become very sad and cry a lot, others can be over the top with excitement. Some people want to fight.

Don’t trust your decisions

The decisions you make when you are drunk or on drugs are often not always the same decisions that you would make sober. This includes decisions about sexual activity.

You could make a decision that puts you at risk.

You might put yourself in danger

Date rape is when someone you know makes you have sex when you don’t want to. It is associated with alcohol and drugs. One study found that 75% of boys and 55% of girls involved in date rape had been drinking or using drugs.

Behind the Scenes with James Nona

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2012 by kasaporyarn

Picture of James Nona

James Nona plays Damien in Kasa Por Yarn. Damien really likes Mandy but so does Jayson. Damien gains confidence during the show and hopes that Mandy will choose him. James lives on Badu Island.

Tell us about Damien? What is he like?

He is an only child and he wants to get along with the girls but he is shy and always in the shadow of Jayson. He tries to be like Jayson and tries to find out a way to get over his shame. When he got promoted to manager of Ailan Krew he wasn’t shame anymore.

Is Damien like you at all?

No. I don’t know anyone like Damien so I tried to put myself in his position and work out how he would act. It was a bit difficult at first but I kept rehearsing and it got better.

Do you have any advice for Damien?

Don’t be shame.

What did you like about Kasa Por Yarn?

It was in different places. They travelled a lot. I think it was pretty good because it’s not based on one thing, there’s heaps of things to keep everyone interested.

What was the hardest thing about acting?

When we were doing the bit at the end we had to memorise all the lines. That was the hardest!

What was the most fun thing?

Getting to do the lines with Danny and all the others, because we came up with different ideas and some of it was very funny.

Do you think you’d do more acting.

Yes because it was fun and you get to gain heaps more new experiences, play different roles and meet other people.

Need to talk?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2012 by kasaporyarn
Photo of Mandy (Left) and Elise (Right)

Mandy (Chiomi Fujii) and Elise (Rhian Phineasa) share their secrets, but sometimes it’s good to see a health worker or doctor for advice

Need to talk? More than the birds and the bees.

In Kasa Por Yarn, Jayson is the father of a sick baby in Cairns. All his friends and family on the island want him to acknowledge and support the baby. Jayson even gets into fights about it.  All it takes is one night of unprotected sex and you can have an unwanted pregnancy or get a sexually transmitted infection.

You don’t have to have sex if you don’t want to. If you go on a date, it doesn’t mean you have to have sex. Going on a date can just mean hanging out, talking or watching a movie.

Condoms will protect you from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and pregnancy and both boys and girls can carry them.

Talk to your local Men’s and Women’s clinics, Primary Health Care Clinic or a doctor:

  • For a sexual health check
  • To get the emergency contraceptive pill (can take up to 3 days after unprotected sex)
  • To talk about contraception like the pill or implanon
  • To get free condoms
  • To arrange a Pap smear (women over 18 years)

When you make an appointment you don’t need to say what it’s about. For a Men’s and Women’s Health nurse, phone 4069 0413 (islands) or 4090 4219 (NPA). At the primary health clinic (outer islands) ask to see a nurse or a Men’s and Women’s Health Nurse.

Other people who can give you advice:

  • An aunty or uncle
  • Your school-based youth health nurse
  • Your guidance counsellor or other school counsellor
  • Community Health professionals
  • A telephone counsellor at Kids Help Line

(24hr telephone service: FREECALL 1800 55 1800 or visit

Go to for frank and honest advice.

Elise (Rhian Phineasa) is bullied on Chat

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2012 by kasaporyarn

Elise (Rhian Phineasa) is bullied on Chat

Week 1 Torres News Feature Article

Teens and mobile phones

This week on Kasa Por Yarn, Elise is coping with bullying and carryarn on chat.

“This storyline came from young people at workshops on TI last year,” explains Sylvia Tabua, the community consultant.

Chat rooms like Diva Chat and Chat Zone are a huge part of teens’ social lives. They can contain images and messages that are bullying or sexual. describes ‘sexting’ as where teens share nude photos via their phones. Sometimes it’s flirting, impulsive, or even a response to bullying or blackmail. Parents can talk to teens about the dangers of sexting. Pictures can be sent around by an ex-friend to everyone you know and end up online for people to search for pretty much forever.

A Thursday Island father of two teenagers said monitoring mobile phone use was a constant struggle. “You want to know what they’re up to but at the same time you don’t want to invade their privacy,” he said.

“We talk to our kids about the dangers of mobile phones. You’ve got to communicate with them,” he said. “We also confiscate the phones at 7pm or 8pm at night. Otherwise they’ll keep texting all night.” has the following tips for parents:

1) Be safe: Kids need to think about who they text with. They should never text about sex with strangers.

2) Bullying by phone. Explain that the same manners and ethics you’ve always taught them apply on phones and the Web as in “real life.”

3) Media-sharing by phone. Teens need to understand their own and others’ privacy rights in sharing photos and videos via cell phones.

4) ‘Smart phones.’ Ask your phone company whether they have filters available for internet access via mobile phones.

If you’re worried about a video, image or text your teen has received, contact the police for advice.

Kids can chat to a counsellor online at or call 1800 55 1800.

Listen por ol latest yarnz

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2012 by kasaporyarn

Series two of Kasa Por Yarn, a radio play focusing on young people in the Torres Strait, launches next week on Thursday Island, Umagico and BaduIsland.

Kasa Por Yarn is a major project of the Thursday Island, Bamaga and Injinoo Youth and Relationship Networks (YARNs).

Kasa Por Yarn, an 8-week local radio funded by Two Spirits, Queensland Association of Healthy Communities, will begin airing on Radio 4MW and Black Star Radio in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area from 29 August.

Some of the characters from Kasa Por Yarn 1 are back. Jayson (Danny Bani) and Elise (Rhian Phineasa) have grown up a little and Jayson has a baby now. Charles Passi returns as Peter, Elise’s dad, who is coping with carryarn on the island about his son Billy’s HIV.

New characters are brother and sister singers Matthew (Joseph Seden) and Mandy (Chiomi Fujii) and their friend Damien (James Nona).

Sylvia Tabua was the community consultant for the show and plays Helen, Damien’s mother:

“It’s a fun story highlighting issues about young people and the challenges they face with relationships and growing up,” Sylvia explains.

“The storylines and characters for Kasa Por Yarn were developed with the help of local creative people through workshops in the Torres Strait last year.

“The story explores some of the lifestyle decisions affecting young people,” Sylvia said.

Patrick Mau was also the community consultant and the music director for the show.

Patrick wrote two songs, stars in the music video “The Next Episode” and wrote the ballad “Uncool Love” for the show’s hip hop group Ailan Krew.

Both the videos are available on the Kasa Por Yarn YouTube channel and the songs can be downloaded for free.

Aaron Tamwoy returns as the storyteller and explains what’s happened between the first series and second series in his YouTube video.

Kasa Por Yarn 2 photos, episodes, videos and song will be available from

Episode 10

Posted in Uncategorized on June 17, 2010 by kasaporyarn

This week:

End up Billy been matha own up for Harry em been gad HIV, and Harry been confront Jayson about em behaviour and Jayson gor thek mout wile bor em where Lindy.

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