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Gifting fish in Ha’apai

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Andrew Afeaki says:
I remember one Christmas Eve they caught a heap of mullet fish, and they went in the horse drawn cart from one end of Pangai, on Ha’apai, to the other, blowing a whistle for people to come and take fish for their food.

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Young fisherman, by Fa'apoi 'Uvea

Source: Painting by Fa'apoi 'Uvea.

Fa'apoi 'Uvea's painting, Young fisherman, is one of the artworks in the Siu Ki Moana Exhibition in the National Library in Wellington, 19 Novemberv 2005-19 March 2006.

Fa'apoi 'Uvea's current focus is a degree in visual art, and training at the Victoria University of Wellington Teachers College for his post graduate diploma as a secondary teacher to teach visual art, technology, graphic design, ICT and religious education.

Fa'apoi 'Uvea, born 1965, husband and father of seven children, migrated to New Zealand from Niuatoputapu in Tonga in 1996.

He describes himself as a very religious man, proud to support the Tongan Catholic community in Wellington.

He has been in the Tongan marine, and in the panel beating trade.

The Young fisherman could have been in Fa'apoi's isolated Island of Niuatoputapu, or in the Haapai group known well to Afeaki, or anywhere where fishing is part of the lifestyle.

Find out more - see Fa'apoi 'Uvea's Old man with the fishing net

Source: Anthony Haas personal collection

Fish have played an important part in Tonga's subsistence and cash economy.

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