Rise of The To’a! co-author Alisi Tatafu desires to rejoice Tongan tradition and achievements along with her Tongan neighborhood, and all New Zealanders as nicely. Miss Tatafu will likely be in Invercargill on Thursday October 1st to current a duplicate of her e book to the SIT Library, spreading the message of being related to neighborhood, and celebrating tradition.
Essentially the most profitable Tongan sports activities crew in historical past is the nationwide rugby league crew – Kau To’a. Mate Ma’a Tonga. Miss Tatafu’s connection to the crew was via her function as MC for all of the crew’s occasions, and he or she wished to discover a method to document and share their phenomenal successes, which is how the unique thought for the e book was shaped.
“This was the one method to seize and rejoice their achievements”.
Miss Tatafu mentioned in her function as a secondary faculty educator, the opposite want for the e book was birthed from an absence of teachable materials on Tongan tradition. Each she and fellow instructor/co-author David Riley, discover they battle with restricted sources for Pasifika.
Now with the thought and the necessity for the e book established, the highschool instructor by day turned an writer over lockdown to provide the story with Mr Riley.
“I wrote the e book within the first two weeks of lockdown. My deadline was simply earlier than Good Friday and I received first draft to David simply in time, and it was able to go to the printers by Might. The primary copies of the e book reached NZ shores in July”.
To ensure that Miss Tatafu to be comfy with writing the e book, she went via a sturdy cultural session course of with the Tongan neighborhood from December to March 2020.
“Tonga has a stratified society. I sought recommendation from the Lord Chamberlain of Tonga, and Tongan consulates from NZ, USA and Australia. It was vital I listened to all our Tongans and this took me about 4 months”.
Miss Tatafu mentioned this can be a story for the entire Tongan neighborhood, but additionally one for all New Zealanders to embrace.
“It’s about being related and celebrating your tradition”.
She mentioned Tongans come to NZ as immigrants and reside right here, however they preserve their tradition, their values and their heritage. This e book is one other means for them to keep up and faucet into that connectedness.
Though Miss Tatafu lives in Auckland, she has good connections with the Tongan neighborhood all through NZ, and mentioned she’s coming to Invercargill to current her e book due to her friendship with Fuai’api Fiefia Fifita, who’s in her first 12 months of finding out a Bachelor of Sport and Train at SIT. Miss Tatafu attended a Tongan rugby league recreation in Christchurch in 2017 and met Mrs Fifita there, they’ve stayed in contact ever since.
“There’s solely 5% of Tongans in the entire of the South Island, however all of them went to this recreation, all of them wished to rejoice Tongans”.
Miss Tatafu’s go to to Invercargill is a helpful method to join with the broader Tongan neighborhood; she’s trying ahead to utilising the journey to have a get-together with Southland’s neighborhood, and put into apply a number of the celebration and connection the e book focuses on.
“We’re actually grateful for the Tongan neighborhood leaders within the areas. We take heed to them, they know their communities nicely, we wish to add worth to these connections”.
‘Rise of the To’a!’ tells the story of how the Tongan Nationwide Rugby League crew beat New Zealand, Nice Britain and Australia in a three-year interval of awesomeness. How the gamers overcame private challenges of their lives to attain issues others thought unimaginable. How they united the worldwide kingdom of Tonga, and the way they impressed individuals of all ages to dream huge.
Miss Tatafu says it’s way more than a e book about rugby league. It’s a e book about religion, tradition and household.
“It’s a youngsters’s e book but it surely’s for all ages, mother and father and grandparents are additionally studying it. The message is to be proud and glad of their tradition”.
Her hopes for the e book to convey individuals collectively is assured, with plans already to translate the e book into Tongan as nicely, giving it one other life and creating one other useful resource within the course of.
The Rise of To’a will likely be offered to the Southern Institute of Know-how at their fundamental campus on Tay Avenue, on Thursday 1 October at 1pm. A replica of the e book be held on the SIT Library and will likely be accessible to college students and employees.