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Social Studies Level 4, Resources and economic activities:




Working through government marketing then and private sector now

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Andrew Afeaki says:
The contrast (between first born, Sima Afeaki’s economic contribution and Sima’s grandfather Pousima in working the land of Tonga) is my father tried to work through the institutions created by Government – the Copra Board, and the Produce board and its people. He of course did that work out on the field that others did not see fit to do, and that is to organize people to do the actual planting and production. Pousima’s grandson Sima and I are taking a different tack. We are doing those things ourselves, rather than depending on the institutions of government. We feel that we have both the knowledge and the management capability and the limited resources to do it ourselves.

Next, Son's perspective on a Giant of a man, Pousima Afeaki



Source: Anthony Haas personal collection. Photo by Marti Friedlander, 1978.

Some Tongans concentrate their attention on the subsistence economy, others on the simple cash economy, for some the government is an essential source of support across much of their lives - and yet others operate with confidence in the international world of business.



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