Story: South Pacific peoples

Pacific Island love dances

Pacific Island love dances

Victoria University students Barley Katit (left), Chanel Iroi (right) and Agnes Gapi perform Papua New Guinean and Solomon Islands love dances at a campus festival in 1994. Although many Pacific islands have only small communities in New Zealand, fresh annual intakes of students help keep the culture of small migrant groups alive. The local communities also serve as a network for young people finding themselves in a strange and somewhat chillier new land.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Ethnology-General, Ethnic groups in New Zealand-02
Photograph by Melanie Burford

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Carl Walrond, 'South Pacific peoples - Island groups and recent migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015