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Perspective of reporter Haas on Pousima Afeaki
TONGA-NEW ZEALAND 1870-1950
Historical milestones
Introduction
Pacific Citizens:
Lifting our game
 
List of oral archives
Career of a Parliamentarian
Coping with the depression
Putting things together in Ha’apai
Gifting fish in Ha’apai
Export bananas to NZ through the Produce board
Organising people to produce bananas
Respecting commoners
Respecting Queen Salote
Expanding secondary education options
Expanding education options
Andrew Afeaki arrives for education in NZ
Early Tongans at Victoria University of Wellington
King Dick, the British and Tonga
Closeness of annexation
Queen Salote and New Zealand
Maori and Tongan leaders contact
Lawyer into Parliament
Previous generation also in Parliament
Leader of the opposition, Pousima Afeaki
Working through government marketing then and private sector now
Son's perspective on a giant of a man Pousima Afeaki
Andrew Afeaki’ s hopes for his time
 
Archives
Lifiting our game - 2003
 

 



 

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 was opened by the Honourable Angelika Latufuipeka Halaevalu Mata’aho Napua ‘O-ka-lani Tuku’aho, daughter of HRH Prince ‘Ulukala Lavaka Ata, Prime Minister, and HRH Princess Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho the National Library, in Wellington, 19 November 2005. It runs to 19 March 2006.

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.

Research by Anthony Haas, contemporaries and advisers in the 1960s led to the early seventies publication of Sione Comes to New Zealand - a Samoan migrant's story. Part of the research for that social studies publication was made with the Afeaki family in Tonga and New Zealand, as well as with Samoan families in Samoa and New Zealand, including Tongans, Samoans and New Zealanders related to each other.

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