Story: Samoans

The Talamaivao family, 1991

The Talamaivao family, 1991

The continuing importance of Samoan culture is expressed in the links between New Zealand Samoans and their aiga (family) back home. Here the Talamaivao family of Tawa, Wellington, stand before their bare Christmas tree in 1991. All their spare money was being sent to their families in Samoa. Standing at left is Ameto Talamaivao with his son Ameto, and (from left) Sa, twins Vaeoso and Vaelaa, Amsy and Vaipalolo.

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Lupematasila Melani Anae, 'Samoans - Culture and identity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2023)

Story by Lupematasila Melani Anae, published 8 Feb 2005, reviewed & revised 7 Sep 2022 with assistance from  Lupematasila Melani Anae