Southern Cross College from NZ research Samoan history

Southern Cross College students and teachers with the Head of State and Masiofo Filifilia at their residence

By Meripa Gospel Uelese

APIA: FRIDAY 04 JULY 2014: Students from the Southern Cross College from Auckland, New Zealand are in Samoa on a two weeks research on Samoan history.

The research focuses mainly on the Mau Movement and learning about the Samoan traditional way of life.

With the exception of two students of Tongan heritage, the majority are New Zealand born Samoans who want to learn about their heritage.

The research was organised by Tapua’i Lala Tu’ua To’atasi, a lecturer at the College.

Tapua’i is fluent in many island languages and has noted the importance for students of island descent to know their heritage.

The group called on His Highness the Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and Masiofo Filifilia on Friday.

“The group was impressed with his Highness talk on the Mau and other historical events close to his heart,” said Tapua’i.

He also talked on how Christianity plays a big role in some of the changes in the Samoan culture.

He encouraged the students to read the Head of State Acts 1965, to give them an understanding on how the Head of State of Samoa is selected.

Tapua’i hopes the group will have a chance to meet with Samoan orators and historians in the course of their visit.

The group travels to Savai’i next week to witness Samoan life in the villages.