Pepe Robertson — A proud legacy

Pepe Robertson is a mother and grandmother, a former primary and secondary school teacher who taught in Porirua and Newtown, an oral historian, Pasifika early childhood educator, VSA worker, Red Cross volunteer, and all-round community stalwart.

Here she talks about the impact of New Zealand rule in Sāmoa, which had tragic consequences for her own family: her grandfather, Migao, was shot dead by New Zealand police during a Mau independence march on Apia’s waterfront in 1929.

She also pays tribute to the women of the Mau, among them her grandmother and aunties, who kept the movement alive when the men were forced into hiding.

Pepe has carried that proud legacy into a life of community service — and protest when needed. As the Conversations crew discovered.

Conversations was made with the support of NZ On Air. For more on the Mau women, see this story by Pepe’s daughter Christine Ammunson.

 

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