Like a Dove – eBook

Like a Dove: A memoir and biography in honour of Sione Tavo Manukia

By Rubinstine Manukia

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Published: 18 January 2016
Language: English
ISBN PDF: 9781927260500
ISBN ePub: 9781927260487
ISBN Kindle: 9781927260494



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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 (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.

Click here for a Review by Motekiai Fakatou in Touchstone February 2017


  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • 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
  • Haveluloto
  • 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
  • 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
  • Legacy
  • Tributes
  • Esteem — Respect, Honour and Admiration
  • Acknowledgements
  • 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.

Also by Ruby and available from us:

Culture Crossroads: Dealing with the Pressures and Demands on Pacific Islanders Living in Aotearoa

Pasifika people are at a crossroads & must decide whether to retain their traditional cultural values and practices, adopt those of other New Zealanders or find a middle pathway to the future.

Ruby explores why they are under pressure and suggests ways to deal with this. She says that Aotearoa should have a written constitution that acknowledges the tenets of all faiths, cultures and ethnicities.

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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
1MKPT Tonga
1MBN   New Zealand
3JJP        c. 1945 to c. 2000 (post-war period)


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