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Social Studies Level 3, Social Organisation:



Queen Salote and New Zealand

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Andrew Afeaki says:

In 1950 the Tongans knew that Queen Salote had spent some years going to school in New Zealand. Prior to that Tupou II had spent a bit of time in New Zealand. By 1950 a few had gone off on scholarships to New Zealand, including Baron Vaea (subsequently a Tongan Prime Minister). Baron Tuita (subsequently a Tongan Trade Minister) had gone for studies in New Zealand in the late 30s.

The NZ forces came here, the engineers, at the beginning of World War II and established the airport at Fua’amotu, the airbase that is now the international airport. The Americans took over in a big way for a while, but they eventually left, and the New Zealanders stayed on to tidy up the end of World War II in Tonga.

I am not aware of strong feelings either way. The King himself had gone to Newington College in Sydney and then to Sydney university to do his double degree in law and arts. New Zealand existed, and Tongans had been to New Zealand.

We still have that very unique situation in the Pacific where Tonga celebrates the public holiday ANZAC Day here – because a whole bunch of Tongans, got on a ship, came done to New Zealand, enlisted in the NZ Army and were at Gallipoli, in that battle, celebrated on ANZAC Day. We still do that.

There may have been larger consciousness. But New Zealand existed for me as a place to go for higher education.

Next, Maori and Tongan leaders contact


Source: Photo by T Collins, held at Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington

Tongans and New Zealanders shared common cause with other allies during the second World War - and that led to changes that endured years later. Sailors from the Royal New Zealand Navy ship Rotoiti are pictured here with Tongans at Neiafu, Vava'u, at the end of that war, 1939-1945





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