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Expanding secondary education options

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Andrew Afeaki says
By 1947 the then Crown Prince, now King Taufa’ahau Tupou 1V, had set up what is now Tonga High School. It was intended to teach New Zealand level curriculum in English to prepare bright young Tongan boys and girls to sit school certificate in English and eventually go to university in New Zealand. That had started in 1947. There was great interest in that in Tonga and the promise of education and eventually scholarships. The fact is because my family was Roman Catholics and they were fanatical about Catholic schooling and that sort of thing, the Tonga High School option and those opportunities were not available to me. We were not even allowed to sit the exam, so I ended up in 1950 sitting the entrance exam to ‘Api Fo’ou Catholic College. I was about on average, five years younger than my contemporaries at that boarding school. But I only lasted one year at ‘Api Fo’ou. I turned ten in October. My father was not happy about me being deprived of Tonga High School so he arranged for me to go to Marist school in Fiji in 1952. That was really the only option we had a Catholics.

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Source: Anthony Haas personal collection.Still photo by Ken George to accompany the 1970s migrant education film, Living in New Zealand, co-produced by Ian Johnstone and Anthony Haas

'Okasi Talia'uli migrated from Tonga to Wellington to give his children access to New Zealand educational opportunities.


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