Siu Ki Moana
Reaching Across the Pacific
Tongan New Zealand Pathways, 1880-1950
Fa'apoi 'Uvea, Wellington
Tongan artist with the National Library's Director of services to Maori,
John Mohi, at Siu Ki Moana's opening. Behind them is Auckland lawyer Tavake
Afeaki, grandson of Pousima Afeaki.
The Exhibition includes an educational publication, about a Pacific citizen of the time, Tongan Pousima Afeaki 1914-1988.
The research for the Exhibition is by Lois Webster, building on her experience creating a similar exhibition in Auckland, and her oral archives with Tongans, her document and photo collection of the times before 1950. She worked with National Library Curator Peter Ireland. Tongan community organisations in Wellington advised on the opening, and the involvement of their communities.
The research with a Tongan
family for educational publication work-in-progress in the DecisionMaker
Pacific Citizens series is by
Anthony Haas - based on oral archive interviews with Andrew Afeaki.
The selections from his Being Pa'alagi (sometimes spelt Palangi) oral
archives focus on Pousima Afeaki, a Pacific citizen and "giant
of a man", and followed and could be followed by reports
of other eminent and ordinary Pacific citizens. This "giant"
sent his family along Tongan New Zealand pathways - and reaching more
widely across the Pacific, a path to their diaspora for many Tongans in
search of better employment and educational opportunities for their and
generations to follow.