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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Misatauveve Melani Anae, 'Samoans - Culture and identity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 August 2021)

Story by Misatauveve Melani Anae, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015