Like A Dove: A memoir and biography in honour of Sione Tavo Manukia
By Rubinstine Manukia
Print edition details
Paperback: 98 pages
Published: 18 January 2016
ISBN: NZ 9781927260470
ISBN: US 9781523623549
Product Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
Illustrations: Colour & b/w photographs, Family Tree
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What was life like for a Tongan migrant in New Zealand in the 1970s and onwards? In this tribute to Sione Tavo Manukia, his daughter Ruby tells of his early life in Tonga and his experiences in New Zealand, as he sought a prosperous life and further education for his children. He helped to found the Pulela’a New Lynn Tongan Methodist Church.
What was life like for a Tongan migrant in New Zealand in the 1970s and onwards?
In this tribute to Sione Tavo Manukia (1936–2008), his daughter Ruby tells of his early life in Tonga and his experiences in New Zealand, as he sought a prosperous life and further education for his children. He settled in West Auckland and gained a job at Crown Lynn Pottery’s New Lynn brickworks. He then helped other migrants gain employment at the brickworks, which enabled them to assist their families back home by sending remittances.
As more migrants arrived, Sione Tavo realised that a church group base was required to host and assist them on a daily basis. This was the beginning of Pulela’a New Lynn Tongan Methodist Church, founded in 1975, where Sione Tavo served as the head church steward for 30 years.
There are valuable lessons in this book for other migrants seeking work and opportunities in New Zealand. Sione Tavo’s story demonstrates how through hard work, and moral and ethical determination, you can be successful in whatever you set out to achieve.
- Family tree
- Introduction — The Birth of a Pioneer
- The Tindall Era —Tin Can Mail History
- Niua Fo’ou — Tin Can Mail Island
- The Island of ’Eua
- Tupou College — Toloa
- Manukia Family Business
- Immediate Family (Fanau)
- Strength and Character
- A New Era — New Zealand
- Crown Lynn Brickworks and Pottery
- Haukinima Motel — Futu ’Eua
- Kelston — Archibald Road
- Akoteu Vaevae Manava — Tongan Preschool
- Establishment of Pulela’a New Lynn Tongan Methodist Church
- Margan Avenue, New Lynn
- New Zealand Methodist Journey
- Profound Love and Passion for Music
- A New Home
- Tofoa and Houmakelikao
- Fakanofo Matapule — Ko Kiva
- Time Spent in the United States
- Coronation of His Majesty King George Tupou V
- Final Visit to Australia
- Guy Fawkes
- The Unveiling
- Lapse of Time
- Treasured Memories
- Esteem — Respect, Honour and Admiration
- Closing thoughts
About the Author
Tongan born author Rubinstine Manukia migrated to Auckland with her family in 1974. Ruby has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Education from Auckland University, a Law degree from Victoria University and a Masters of Law (Honors) degree from the USA. At one time she ran a restaurant, the Foghorn Bar & Grill in San Francisco.
She currently serves her community on the Whau Local Board of the Auckland Council, and is the President’s Legal Advisor for the Methodist Church of New Zealand. Ruby enjoys sports, recreation and travelling.
Tongan, New Zealand, migrant, Methodist, personal achievement, education
BGX Biography: religious and spiritual
BG Biography: general
HRCV Christian life and practice
HBJM Australasian and Pacific history
JFFN Migration, immigration and emigration
1MBN New Zealand
3JJP c. 1945 to c. 2000 (post-war period)
BIO018000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Religious
BIO000000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
HIS053000 HISTORY / Oceania
HIS054000 HISTORY / Social History
HIS004000 HISTORY / Australia & New Zealand
SOC007000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
REL108030 RELIGION / Christian Church / Leadership
REL044000 RELIGION / Christianity / Methodist
REL012000 RELIGION / Christian Life / General
- Leaders & Notable People > Religious > Christianity
- Politics & Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Emigration & Immigration