Stories of our Pacific fathers: Tokelauan Migration Story

This Pasefika Proud Migration and Legacy series of our Pacific fathers features Niusila Taupe from Tokelau who says that when he first came to New Zealand he had no problems, because of fellow Pacific people and the church.



Niusila went to Samoa, earning a bit of money before migrating to New Zealand in 1960.


He remembers adjusting to life in New Zealand, meeting others in his community through work and church.


Niusila was later involved in setting up a Tokelauan group that bought land to build the Matauala Hall.


His legacy is encouraging children to learn, in school, about their culture and how to live in New Zealand.


Credit: Historic footage supplied by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and Archives New Zealand.


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