Story: Fijians

Religious communities (1st of 2)

Religious communities

There is a strong Fijian Roman Catholic community in New Zealand, and many Fijians and other Pacific Islanders train for religious professions in this country. The five women pictured were professed at the Noviciate of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary at Upper Hutt in 1992. In the back row (from left) are Ana Tawake (Fiji), Lusia Meanadrau (Fiji), Maletina Ve’ehala (Tonga) and Senia Tipasa (Samoa). In front is Pafuti Crichton (Samoa).

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1992/2463/7
Photograph by Jon Hargest

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Jacqueline Leckie, 'Fijians - Fijian culture in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Jacqueline Leckie, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015