Kōrero: Tongans

Factory workers, 1973

Factory workers, 1973

In the 1960s and 1970s Tongans came to New Zealand on temporary work permits. Many found jobs in factories where they became, as one manager in Auckland said, ‘a pretty vital factor’. This photo shows three Tongans working as spray painters in the Todd Motors factory in the Hutt Valley, Wellington. They were from a group of 89 brought to New Zealand for six months by the local chamber of commerce to help meet a labour shortage. The group was led by Samiu Taufa (second from left), who described himself as ‘a good Christian boy’, able to speak fluent English.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1973/0282/5A

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Melenaite Taumoefolau, 'Tongans - Migrations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/1255/factory-workers-1973 (accessed 30 September 2020)

He kōrero nā Melenaite Taumoefolau, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015