Stories of our Pacific fathers: Tongan Migration Story

The final story in the Pasefika Proud Migration and Legacy series of our Pacific fathers features Nimi Finau who migrated from Tonga in 1960.



New Zealand was another world, and Nimi missed his family and friends.


However he looked forward to succeeding in New Zealand for the benefit of his family.


He studied his building qualifications at night around his job and read the newspaper to improve his English.


Nimi helped many of his family to move to New Zealand, and his advice to others is to do what you can to succeed, and help those around you to succeed.


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



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The Pasefika Proud Campaign addresses violence in Pacific families by using clear, consistent messaging around building strong families, preventing and addressing violence designed, delivered and led by Pacific peoples. For more information go to the Pasefika Proud website.