Tupu’anga (mo e Teu Tangata)


Hear a talanoa of family stories from three generations of Sarah Finau’s family. This talk is an exploration of the call to live in Aotearoa, and the ever-constant magnetic pull home — ki Tonga.

There and back again

Dedicated to Tony Haas – Ofa Atu mei loto Ha’apai

A talanoa of a snippet of the Afeaki family history, accounts by my father and grandfather. A crossing of paths — a boy from Ha’apai, Tonga and a boy from Pahiatua. The origins of this project and getting our talanoa into Alexander Turnbull Library.

Mei Ha’apai ki Uelingatoni. Fefolauaki mo e tauhi va mei Tonga ki Nu’usila. Teu Tangata ki he foki ki Tonga o Langa fonua.

(‘There and back again’) The Journey from Ha’apai, Tonga to Wellington and the return to Tonga.

About the speaker

Sarah Finau (nee Afeaki) — born in Wellington and raised in Tonga — a proud daughter from a long line of Tongan Matapule and orators. (also tracing turangawaewae across the globe to Northern Ireland and England as well as to Nuhaka — Ngati Kahungunu ki te Wairoa)

Date: Wednesday 9 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free event.
Location: Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.

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