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Like a Dove - eBooks.

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

By Rubinstine Manukia

You are buying a zipped file containing eBook editions of this 98 page book in PDF, ePub and Mobi formats. (2016) ISBNs: PDF 9781927260500; ePub: 9781927260487; 
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.

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.


  • 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

Also by Rubinstine Manukia

  • Culture Crossroads: Dealing with the Pressures and Demands on Pacific Islanders Living in Aotearoa. Click here for eBooks
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