Story: Tokelauans

Hostel workers, Wellington, 1963

Hostel workers, Wellington, 1963

Ario Galo (left) and Saroa Lafu were among a group of 10 young Tokelauan women who arrived in New Zealand in January 1963 to work as ‘domestics’ in hospitals and hostels through a government-assisted migrant workers’ scheme. They were employed at the Public Service Boys’ Hostel (in the building now known as Antrim House) in Wellington. When photographed they had been in New Zealand for only three weeks.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1963/0437; F

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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