26 Sep 2016

Samoan practice of gift-giving misinterpreted

From , 5:03 am on 26 September 2016

Many young Samoans in New Zealand feel burdened by the cultural practice of gift giving according to a new survey.

More than 400 Samoans living in Auckland have been surveyed about the cultural practice of fa'alavelave - the practice of contributing money to large occasions, including funerals, weddings special birthdays, the giving of Matai titles and building dedications.

University of Auckland Pacific Studies student Robyn Lesatale says it can be a huge financial burden with some extended families gifting up to ten-thousand dollars.

She told Kathryn Ryan many have had to take out loans to cover the cost.

Robyn Lesatele

Robyn Lesatele Photo: supplied