Story: South Pacific economic relations

Tokelauans arrive in New Zealand, 1966

Tokelauans arrive in New Zealand, 1966

These young women from the Tokelau islands are arriving in New Zealand in 1966 to work at church institutions. Their small islands became New Zealand possessions in the early 20th century, and in 1948 the people became New Zealand citizens with a right of free entry. Tokelauans began to migrate to New Zealand in the 1960s, when their islands could no longer support their population.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
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Geoff Bertram, 'South Pacific economic relations - Pacific neighbours', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2021)

Story by Geoff Bertram, published 11 Mar 2010