Story: Samoans

Jemaima Tiatia and Suresa Gavet

Jemaima Tiatia and Suresa Gavet

Many young Samoans face a conflict between the strict traditional values of respect for elders and church and their more liberal New Zealand experience. In Caught between cultures: a New Zealand-born Pacific Island perspective (1988) Jemaima Tiatia, a 24-year-old Auckland university student, wrote of this conflict after talking to 20 New Zealand-born Pacific Islanders. Here she shares a joke with her grandmother, Suresa Gavet.

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Misatauveve Melani Anae, 'Samoans - New Zealand-born identity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Misatauveve Melani Anae, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015