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Son's perspective on a giant of a man Pousima Afeaki
Andrew Afeaki’ s hopes for his time
Lifiting our game - 2003



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Previous generation also in Parliament

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Andrew Afeaki says:
I am talking of 1948-50 when our father going into Parliament was being discussed. It was not new to the family. We had a great uncle, Siaki Lolohea, who had been a Parliamentarian for Ha’apai. It was not a strange proposition for the family. I believe historically, some have suggested, the minor aristocracy in fact took over the Parliamentarians’ role in representing the people of Tonga. Siaki was in fact one of the minor aristocracy of his time. This is an assertion by other analysts about the political process in Tonga. But it was not a foreign thing for the family to think about. And he was a lawyer. Those who stood for Parliament should be able to understand the law. What compelled him into it, no I’m not aware of that.

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Source: Photo by H Winklemann,in 1903, held in the Whitcombe Collection in Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington

A group of New Zealand Parliamentarians visited the Pacific Islands under the leadership of C H Mills, and travelled on the Union Steamship Company's SS Mapourika, pictured here in port at Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga


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