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13 AUGUST 2012

O Tamaiti: young boy who is expected to play guardian to his siblings

"Sima Urale's debut short film, beautifully realised in black and white, tells the story of a young Samoan boy who is expected to play guardian to his siblings. As his parents struggle in their new country, he is overwhelmed by the responsibility. When faced with his grief, the adults fail to recognise his pain. Poignant attention to details that convey a child's perspective (eg. the movement of a spacies game and shopping trolley are intercut) saw O Tamaiti win awards at film festivals around the globe, including the prestigious Silver Lion at Venice."

(NZ On Screen)

Fig. 1 Dir. Sima Urale, 15mins, NZ, 1996, black & white, 1.1:66



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Simon Perkins
13 OCTOBER 2005

Pakeha: New Zealanders of British or European Ancestry

"How people choose to label themselves is a way of establishing their identity. While 'pakeha' has a variety of meanings, it is principally used to refer to New Zealanders of British or European ancestry. For people several generations removed from their European or British origins, describing themselves, or being described as, Pakeha can mean that they identify as part of a culture unique to this country. The term New Zealander, which is often suggested as an option, refers to nationality, not culture. The descendants of early British colonists are different from Maori, but all are New Zealanders. Chinese and Samoan New Zealanders are as different from each other as people of Dutch or Indian descent, but they all share the same nationality."

(New Zealand Human Rights Commission)

[I am a Pakeha. Until I left Aotearoa/New Zealand I took it for granted that I could identify myself this way. There were even occasions when I found it annoying that I was required to do so on official forms. But since moving away from Aotearoa I find myself feeling quite proud of being a Pakeha New Zealander.]



ancestryAotearoa New ZealandBritishChinese • colonist • culture • descent • DutchEuropeanidentityIndianMaorinationalityPacificPacific RimPakeha • Pasifika • SamoanSouth Island

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