Social Studies Level 2 Social Organisation:
TONGA - NEW ZEALAND 1950
HOW AND WHY DIFFERENT SYSTEMS OF EXCHANGE OPERATE
Gifting fish in Ha’apai
Andrew Afeaki says:
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, born 1965,
husband and father of seven children, migrated to New Zealand from Niuatoputapu
in Tonga in 1996.
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.
Source: Anthony Haas personal collection
Fish have played an important part in Tonga's subsistence and cash economy.