Tongan born author Rubinstine Manukia migrated to Auckland with her family in 1974. Ruby has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Education from Auckland University, a Law degree from Victoria University and a Masters of Law (Honors) degree from the USA. At one time she ran a restaurant, the Foghorn Bar & Grill in San Francisco.
She currently serves her community on the Whau Local Board of the Auckland Council, and is the President’s Legal Advisor for the Methodist Church of New Zealand. Ruby enjoys sports, recreation and travelling.
What was life like for a Tongan migrant in New Zealand in the 1970s and onwards?
In this tribute to Sione Tavo Manukia, his daughter Ruby tells of his early life in Tonga and his experiences in New Zealand, as he sought a prosperous life and further education for his children. He helped to found the Pulela’a New Lynn Tongan Methodist Church.