Shaking Up the Happy Isles

For a child of the pacific diaspora, it seemed a perfect place to meet: amidst the clamor and conveyor belts of Auckland Airport. This year 1,100 Samoans will officially migrate to New Zealand, swelling the ranks of the estimated 115,000 of their countrymen - two out of five Samoans - who live there. Sima Urale is one of them. To identify herself at the airport meeting, "from a million islanders flying out and arriving that same day," she's sent through a passport photo of herself - though when she turns up, hair cascading over a tracksuit top and jeans,...

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