Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu
On Friday 28th of November from 11am – 1pm, Va Pasifika and the team at Aranui Library will join the Pacific community of Christchurch in acknowledging and commemorating the contribution of the Pacific Island British Colonies to World War 1.
There were around 1700 Pacific Islanders directly involved in the war effort (including medical personnel), and those that were unable to serve overseas formed groups to raise funds and donated goods, money, labour and services. Niue, Cook Islands, Fiji, Rotuma, Samoa, Tonga, Tokelau, Tahiti, Hawai’i and as far East as Kiribati or Gilbert Islands are all recorded as having men that served during the First World War. The Great War was both a huge opportunity for these small island colonies to prove their loyalty to the British Empire, but also planted the seed of the move toward independence for the larger island nations – which is so crucial to the diverse make-up of the Pacific Islands we know today.
Our Pasifika Talanoa (or storytelling) on the 28th of November will give our Pasifika elders an opportunity to share the stories of family members, and highlight the contributions of their homelands. We are hoping to also, record their stories and make these available for the public to access. The Talanoa will also be an opportunity for our elders to have a preview of the research and Pasifika World War 100 material that we have been gathering and will be exhibited at Aranui.
The event will run from 11am until 1pm, with light refreshment provided.
25 November 1940
“Holmwood”, en route from the Chathams to Lyttelton, sunk by German raiders. Passengers and crew were taken aboard the German ships, and eventually made their way home 2 months later.
25 November 1980 Totem Pole placed in new location at Christchurch Airport.
26 November 1857
Opening of the first building (long since demolished) on the present Christ’s College site. The school’s original planned site was in Cathedral Square, but the land had been exchanged for the present Hagley Park site to allow room for expansion.
26 November 1910
The ill-fated second Scott expedition leaves Lyttelton on the “Terra Nova”, bound for Antarctica. See 1988.
26 November 1959 Memorial Avenue (a memorial to airmen killed in W.W.II) officially opens.
27 November 1985
Remains of swimming pool uncovered when excavating behind No 1 stand at Lancaster Park. Pool used as venue for 1907 Australian and New Zealand Swimming Championships.
28 November 1893
Women vote for the first time in parliamentary elections.
28 November 1908
Work begins on the Summit Road, the first part of Harry Ell’s obsessional dream.
28 November 1964
Opening of Cashin Quay, Lyttelton Harbour. The engineering techniques used in reclaiming this area were unique in the world.
29 November 1901
Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s first Antarctic expedition arrives at Lyttelton in “Discovery”.
29 November 1978
Concert at Q.E.II Park by rock singer David Bowie.