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Coping with the depression

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Andrew Afeaki says:
Dad of course came through the great depression that the world experienced through the later 20s and early 30s. He became very conscious of the lack of money floating around and the need for people to be able to earn a living beyond the subsistence world they grew up in. He was very much aware all these things were possible. He was aware of the King’s father, Tungi Mailefihi, Prime Minister through the 30s and early 40s in Tonga. His constant efforts were to make income for people, trying different products. Dad left the army with that background of Mailefihi having done a lot of work in his time to establish exports for people to earn a living. Money was very lacking. Most Tongans with half a brain were trying to do something about it, and Pousima Afeaki was just a more energetic tryer than most Tongans.

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Source: Anthony Haas personal collection

The coconut - aptly known as the tree of life - has sustained many Tongans through good and bad times.

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