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Perspective of reporter Haas on Pousima Afeaki
TONGA-NEW ZEALAND 1870-1950
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Lifting our game
 
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Export bananas to NZ through the Produce board
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Expanding secondary education options
Expanding education options
Andrew Afeaki arrives for education in NZ
Early Tongans at Victoria University of Wellington
King Dick, the British and Tonga
Closeness of annexation
Queen Salote and New Zealand
Maori and Tongan leaders contact
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Leader of the opposition, Pousima Afeaki
Working through government marketing then and private sector now
Son's perspective on a giant of a man Pousima Afeaki
Andrew Afeaki’ s hopes for his time
 
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Social Studies Level 6 Time, Continuity and Change:

TONGA NEW ZEALAND 1950

HOW THE IDEAS AND ACTIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE PAST CHANGED THE LIVES OF OTHERS

Expanding education options

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Andrew Afeaki says:
Education overseas at that time that was not that typical. But there were other boys from Tonga being sent to school in Fiji, there might have been four or five of us at that time. Daniel Tufui was in Fiji slightly ahead, he later become Tonga’s secretary to Government and Crown Solicitor, now retired. My father was close friends of Dan Tufui’s father, and the idea of my going to school in Fiji may have grown up in their discussion. And seeing the example of what could be done.
Next, Early Tongans at Victoria University of Wellington

  

Source: Anthony Haas personal collection

Limited education options in Tonga led Tongans to want access to international educational opportunities, and to develop its own education systems. Tongans, such as one of Pousima Afeaki's Auckland based grandsons, lawyer Kahu Afeaki, are proud that by the 21st century Tonga had produced a relatively high percentage of its population with doctorates.

 

   
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