Make Ponsonby Brown Again: a Sāmoan family resisting gentrification | Still Here
“We don’t care if you offered us a billion dollars. That means nothing to us. I refuse to sell the hard work of my parents who immigrated from Sāmoa.”
Mother-daughter duo Selu-Kian and Moevasa Lealiifano delve into White Ponsonby’s Brown history fortifying their resolve to hold onto their family home no matter what.
In 1971, 45 percent of Auckland’s Pasifika population lived in the inner-city. Now, they’re fewer than 2 per cent.
Through the eyes of Pacific youth and their families, this four part docu-series celebrates the small but mighty Pasifika community in inner-city Auckland who have remained despite decades of rampant gentrification. Each episode weaves intergenerational stories of family, community and culture dispelling the myth that “all the Islanders have left.”
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