By Safua Akeli
The exhibition Va’aomanu: Toginanamu e ata, tala ma fa’atufugaga o le fa’aaliga o au Measina – an exhibition celebrating the history and culture of Samoa was jointly created by Tupuola Malifa (former lecturer of Samoan Studies, Victoria University) and the National Library of New Zealand in 1998. It showcases images of Samoa from the 1880’s to the 1930’s. Previously Va’aomanu toured New Zealand and Samoa.
The National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa has now kindly donated photographic images from the exhibition to the National University of Samoa. Chief Librarian Chris Szekely travelled to Samoa for the Va’aomanu Exhibition Handover Ceremony held on Monday 24 April 2017.
The generosity of the library will greatly assist the NUS students, staff and visitors in learning more about Samoa’s history through this significant exhibition which uses both the Samoan and English languages.
In this process of exchange, the university acknowledges Chris Szekely (Chief Librarian, National Library of New Zealand), Peter Ireland (Gallery and Exhibition Specialist from the Alexander Turnbull Library) at the National Library of New Zealand, and His Excellency the New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa David Nicholson for their kind assistance.
The Va’aomanu Exhibition is displayed in the NUS multi-purpose Cultural Centre which currently houses the Centre for Samoan Studies.
The National University of Samoa express their gratitude and extend a warm hand of friendship to the National Library of New Zealand.