Stories of our Pacific fathers: Cook Islands Migration Story

The second in the Migration and Legacy: Stories of our Pacific fathers comes from Samuel Samuel who came to New Zealand from the Cook Islands in 1964. 


As the only one of 18 children to come to New Zealand on a scholarship, Samuel recalls learning about different cultures including NZ Maori, Samoan and Tokelauan upon arrival.


Samuel was involved with the Cook Islands Council, which purchased a community hall with the dream to provide a home for our people, bring them together and make them believe in their culture.


His legacy to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren is their genealogy, so Samuel is putting together a book to help them understand where they came from.


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


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