Story: Samoans

Vitoria Faasoo plays kirikiti

Vitoria Faasoo plays kirikiti

Samoans have made a huge impact on New Zealand sport, and many leading rugby and netball players have a Samoan background. Yet traditional Samoan games such as Samoan cricket (kirikiti) are also played in New Zealand. Here, Vitoria Faasoo, from Porirua, takes a mighty swipe at the ball.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Ethnology-Polynesian-03
by Ray Pigney

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How to cite this page:

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