Story: Samoans

Workers celebrate Christmas

Workers celebrate Christmas

In the 1970s Samoans worked successfully in Auckland factories and were well regarded by their bosses, as this picture suggests. However they were badly hit by the downturn in industrial production which followed the freeing up of tariffs in the late 1980s. Their levels of unemployment were higher and their incomes lower than those for New Zealanders generally.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 19 December 1975
Photograph by Keith Waldegrave

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Misatauveve Melani Anae, 'Samoans - Life in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 January 2022)

Story by Misatauveve Melani Anae, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015