Published: May 1, 2019

Download: Life Course Centre Working Paper: 2019-10


Ruth Lute Faleolo

Non-Technical Summary:

This paper presents the many ways that Pasifika living in, and migrating between, Auckland and Brisbane diaspora contexts express their collective, spiritual and cultural well-being perspectives. Their desire as Samoan and Tongan migrants is to maintain an aspect of their cultural traditions, whether in materials used, templates adopted, or meanings carried from their homelands.

The forms of material cultural adaptation used within diaspora contexts can be seen in two opposing ways; firstly, the adaptation of materials can lead to a loss of traditional templates and meanings, and secondly, the adaptation of materials provides a freedom to express and redefine cultural identity. According to some theories, there is a general movement away from traditional materials and templates within diaspora. This paper adds to this discussion by suggesting that Pasifika material cultural adaptations are not a total movement towards non-traditional materials, templates and meanings. This paper presents an analysis of six types of material cultural adaptations and spatial behaviour observed in these communities that show links to their collective well-being perspectives.


May 1, 2019