Keeping Tongan traditional culture alive in Canterbury

They taught children how to perform Tongan dances and sing Tongan songs. They also taught them how to speak and write in Tongan.

These are some of the reasons why the Tongan Society South Canterbury (TSSC) in the South Island of New Zealand was established in February.

The membership is open to any ethnicities and anyone who would like to join.

Based in Timaru, the president of the organisation Sina Latu “hoped the society would help the community connect with their heritage”.

“Some came and left because of the cold weather, but some like it here because Timaru is small enough to raise children,” Latu was quoted by Timaru Herald as saying.

“We can maintain our traditions and be connected.”

“A lot of Tongans come over for rugby and bring their families.”

The executives:

President: Sina Manoa Latu

Vice President: Vai Savieti

Secretary: Pauline-Jean Luyten

Treasurers: Mary-Ellen Luyten
Sandra Sange Malama Tuisaula

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