Tag: Sāmoans

Righting an injustice: Sāmoa citizenship bill

“There was this fear that if the Privy Council decision was upheld, 100,000 Sāmoans living in Sāmoa would arrive in New Zealand, virtually overnight, because they, by right, were also New Zealand citizens.” — Arthur Anae, on the 1982 law that denied New Zealand citizenship to a group of Sāmoans.

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Oscar Kightley: Waking up to the Dawn Raids

“There was no one discussing it. There was no one feeling bad about it. . . We just had to deal with it on our own as a bad memory. And that’s why I wanted to write it.” — Oscar Kightley on the Dawn Raids and the play he wrote about it.

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Sol3Mio: Coming home

“Pacific singing is very personal because it’s the way we pass on our culture, so we bring a different range of emotions to the operatic world.” — Pene Pati of Sol3Mio.

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Finding my way home

“The people I once loved 11 years ago had changed. They had experienced their own joys, growth, traumas and regressions. Distance had grown between many of us.” — Seuta’afili Dr Patrick Thomsen on coming “home”.

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