A great sweep of Pacific history is told through the story of Pepe Robertson, a former volunteer who features in a video on the online magazine site, E-Tangata.
Pepe, 75, migrated to New Zealand from Samoa in 1967 and today lives in Newtown, Wellington. The 17min clip begins with her talking about Samoa’s colonial history, particularly the Mau independence movement. Pepe’s grandfather was one of 11 Samoans shot and killed on Black Saturday, 29 December 1929.
She pays tribute to the women of the Mau, among them her grandmother and aunties, who kept the movement alive when the men were forced into hiding.
Pepe also talks about her lifetime of community service - as an oral historian, a Pasifika early childhood educator, a VSA volunteer (teaching pre-school teachers in Vanuatu 2010-2012), a Red Cross volunteer and a community activist.
Her three children feature too, talking proudly about their Mum’s attitudes and what she taught them. The video is well worth a look.