In the 2010s almost one-third of New Zealand Tokelauans lived in Porirua. The community had its origins in the late 1960s when families moved from inner-city Wellington for better housing and work in factories. Tokelauans kept their culture alive by practising traditional carving and forming clubs. In the 2010s many Tokelauan men and women played rugby league, netball and volleyball for the Mafutaga Tupulaga Tokelau Porirua Sharks club.
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Pātaka - Porirua Museum of Arts and Cultures
Photograph by Geoff Marshall
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