Super Samoan

I’m not sure if it was exactly brainwashing by my parents, but growing up us kids we always felt proud to be Samoan. But it always seemed to be more than a feeling. It felt like it was in our blood. This supposed biological trait ’special only’ to Samoans were confirmed by the reaction of other Samoans I met throughout my life. We all felt there was something special to being Samoan, something inherent, something born in us.

Therefore, it isn’t hard to see how other people could interpret that Samoan pride into Samoan arrogance. Of course some of us Samoans would cheekily quip back with that line on my favourite t-shirt: “you’re just a wannabe Samoan”. Hence the popularity of the t-shirt.

…from NiuZila

South Auckland / Aukilani Saute

South Auckland has become synonymous with crime and poverty to many New Zealanders (read Palagi). It is the ‘ghetto’, the eye-sore that middle New Zealand (read Palagis) can drive past on the highway and not think about. It’s that part of town that people (read Palagis) are too scared to venture through. It becomes the political scapegoat at every national election. It is held up as the consequences of lawlessness and moral corruption. It’s where there are never enough cops and never enough prisons. It’s the “bad” side of town, the other side of the tracks that parent’s fear to let their children go.

Yet hardly any (if any at all) of these New Zealanders who espouse these perceptions of South Auckland, have ever stayed in South Auckland. Parachute reporting does injustice to the real South Auckland. Talk back radio is full of people who have ‘friends’ who have been to South Auckland, but never themselves…

…by NiuZila

How all Polynesians are connected

Folklore has it that the original Maori traveled to Aotearoa from Havaiki on board several canoes, or waka. Each waka had a name, arrived at different times and landed at different parts of the islands now known as New Zealand.

Today Maori tribes, or iwi, can trace their genealogy back to the settlers who arrived on each waka.

A couple weeks ago I was in Hastings, home of the iwi Ngati Kahungunu, to celebrate their waka – Takitimu. At a cultural summit held during this four-day festival, a church minister from the Cook Islands got up and told us the history of this waka.

…by Hamo Geek Girl

The Women’s Mau of Samoa

Samoa’s history is peppered with skirmishes over land and even a civil war or two. It was customary back then for those who were defeated in battle to retreat into the mountains.

This is why, after the tragic events of Samoa’s Black Saturday, the men of the Mau scattered to find refuge in villages far away from Upolu’s troubled coastline.

The women, however, didn’t….

…by Hamo Geek Girl

Samoan Newspapers

Once upon a time (1979, to be exact) a Samoan newspaper was born in New Zealand for the sole purpose of keeping our migrant community connected with home through news, gossip and columns about God, culture and family.

This newspaper’s name was “Samoana“, and it was the first monolingual Samoan publication in New Zealand.

The Samoana Newspaper had an amazing 27-year run full of ups and downs, some incredible people, the odd scandal and a LOT of heart…

…by Hamo Geek Girl

Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III

Most Samoans will know the story about Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III, Samoan Head of State who, in 1929, was shot to death in peaceful protest against New Zealand’s rule over Samoa. Well, all Samoans should know this story. It began in 1914, when New Zealand took control over Western Samoa. The world was at war … Continue reading Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III