Story: Samoans

Mua Strickson-Pua and his granddaughter

Mua Strickson-Pua and his granddaughter

Many Samoans began to arrive in New Zealand in the 1960s on short-term visas. They came primarily to work in Auckland factories, but during the economic downturn from 1973, the tolerant approach towards overstayers ended and dawn raids on their homes began. The Reverend Mua Strickson-Pua, chaplain of the Tagata Pasifika Resource Centre, seen here with his granddaughter Jane, still remembers how he crept through Auckland’s back streets for fear of being seen by the police or taunted by bystanders.

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Reference: 23–24 Sept 2000, p. A5
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Misatauveve Melani Anae, 'Samoans - History and migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

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