Story: Tokelauans

Arriving at Te Puke (3rd of 4)

Arriving at Te Puke

Judging by their heavy winter coats, these Tokelauan migrants are feeling the cold. In the late 1960s Taupō and Rotorua were destinations for some Tokelauan families assisted to migrate by the New Zealand government. Men found work in the forestry industry. The damp, cold winters of the central North Island came as a shock to people used to a tropical climate.

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Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAQT 6539/A81, 277

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Carl Walrond, 'Tokelauans - Immigration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015