Samoans in New Zealand talk about their New Year's resolution

By Sulamanaia Manaui Faulalo 30 December 2023, 7:30PM

Vili Ieru, 70, Toamua, Sagone Savai'i.

"My New Year's resolution as a father is to take care of the welfare of my family. The man of the house should take care of his little family before taking care of things outside. A good family will make a good church, a good village, and even a good nation. I want to take care of my family's welfare, not just on the money side of things but my children's education - they will be the future of everything."

Mel-Grace Magele, 22, Iva and Faala Palauli, Savai'i.

"My resolution for 2024 is to travel more and spend time with family, especially my mum and dad, who have just arrived from Samoa to settle in New Zealand. My goal for myself and for my family, especially being the eldest, is to stand up for them no matter what. My role is to be there for my family every day - especially helping my dad as he is starting a new job next year. My goal is to be there for Mum, Dad and my little siblings. I work two jobs; it takes a lot out of me, but it's worth it because it's for me and my family, and you get blessings out of it." 

Saloi Lemauga, 71, Vaitele Uta.

"The main thing for me in the New Year is to pray to God, especially to take care of me and my son because it's just me and him. The other thing is to continue going to church." 

Bengy Tui, 25, Falealupo.

"I think my New Year's resolution would be to try to save up as much as I can so I can keep going on holidays and stuff - holidays to Samoa, Fiji...everywhere.  And my other New Year's resolution would be to attend church more."

Filipo Faaui Sefuiva, 63, Salani, Ulutonia, Aleipata and Afega.

"I pray for a long life in the New Year and hopefully that next year is a better year than this year. I would also like to wish my family in Ulutonia back in Samoa a Happy New Year."

Melaia Magele, 43, Iva and Faala Palauli Savai'i.

"In 2024, I hope to continue taking care of my family, making sure my kids are attending school, going to church and caring for my family in Samoa."

By Sulamanaia Manaui Faulalo 30 December 2023, 7:30PM
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