Topic: Pravine Puna

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Hamilton City Libraries Oral History Programme, Interview with: Mr Pravine Puna, Accession no: OH0097, Date: 15 November 1990. Interviewed by Bill Lovell-Smith as part of the Taking Root in a new land Oral history project 1990

Mr Pravine Puna first talks about his family history, they first arrived in New Zealand in 1937, settling in Hamilton, with a village farming background. Pravine's father worked as a fruiterer and on railways before establishing his own green-grocery business in 1964, he had an arranged marriage. Pravine talks about marriage today and his won marriage. Pravine talks about the reasons for migration to New Zealand and how they got there. Pravine talks about his childhood, birthdays, family and school.
Pravine talks about the Issues faced inside the Indian community; caste system in New Zealand; Pravine is not religious; Dowry system; pursuit of wealth. Pravine then talks about positive aspects of his culture, working for his father and secondary school, Hamilton Boys High School. Pravine talks about the use of Language today, t he 1960's, Music and film and Indian Culture. He also talks about his aspirations upon leaving school and studying for his ACA.

Pravine talks about his sense of identity - "A New Zealander first, an Indian second". Not true for all Indians. Pravine talks about new migrants and government policy, the Indian community in Waikato, and more about Indian Culture and religion, covering a range of topics such as Identity, Marriage, personal responsibilities, pre-requisites.

Pravine then talks about Hamilton's two Indian communities, the Guajarati (his) and Punjabi. They had to promote themselves to the Hamilton community at large. Pravine says the Hamilton is "The best place to live" - Small enough. The Indian Community is often deeply involved in religion. Pravine thinks the old religions are often "totally irrelevant" for today. Family is more important to him. Pravine moves on to talk about his relations in India, the assistance he gives them and their cost of living. Pravine says there is One hundred plus Indian families in Hamilton, and that new arrivals "Need to change their ways". According to Pravine the Indian community has not integrated within or without. Pravine then talks about the community some more and finishes with talking about his work and his job security.

Pravine Puna - Oral history

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Pravine Puna

First Names:Pravine
Last Name:Puna