Topic: Reverend Mose and Safarira Atimalala

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Hamilton City Libraries Oral History Programme, Interview with: Reverend Mose and Safarira Atimalala, Accession no: OH0093, Date: 7 November 1990. Interviewed by Bill Lovell-Smith as part of the Taking root in a new land Oral history project 1990.

Introduction

Reverend Mose and Safarira Atimalala introduce themselves. They then describe Samoa, their home village their way of life how things have changed, the differences between Western and American Samoa and their schooling, which was based on a New Zealand system.

They talk about their Tertiary training, schools today and Education reasons for coming to New Zealand. They talk about the languages of Samoa and New Zealand. They talk about Emigration procedures, their children's birth. They arrived in 1970; they talk about adjusting to New Zealand's way of life, housing, finding work (For Fisher and Paykel Ltd.) They talk about their children, and their first impressions of New Zealand. They consider the sacrifice of leaving Samoa worth it with hindsight because of the benefits to their four children.

The pair talks about the children and their school, their language and missing Samoa. They talk about their work and the schooling of their children. They talk about Religion and their congregation and the roles of men and women in church. They talk about Samoans being adaptable, and retaining their cultural identity. The pair talks about the move to Auckland and the difference between Auckland and Hamilton. They talk about how they're happy to go back to Samoa if the Church asks.

They talk about Family get-together's and the costs and changes in travel. They talk about their changing attitudes to Samoa and what the future holds. They think staying in Samoa would have been better for them but not for their children, and that it's the duty of the parents to do their children well. They talk about Samoa's way of life, and voting in New Zealand and Samoa, and some differences in Laws between the countries.

The pair talks about their opinions on Migrants and the Law. They talk about Samoan contributions to New Zealand Religion. They talk about further differences in Education and Independence between New Zealand and Samoa. They talk about various events in Samoa.

Reverend Mose and Safarira Atimalala - Oral history


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Reverend Mose and Safarira Atimalala


First Names:Mose and Safarira
Last Name:Atimalala
Place of Birth:Samoa
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