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Pioneer Women - Hera Ngoungou

Television (Full Length) – 1983

I’ve known a lot of hardship but I’ve known a lot of love as well.
– Hera Ngoungou (Ginette McDonald)
The more I thought about the whole question of a New Zealand identity the more I started to suspect it may well have been the pioneer women rather than the men who determined who we are. Not only did these women have to go out there and survive - and they showed great stoicism in the face of appalling hardship - but they had the task of raising a new generation of children.
– Pamela Jones (now Meekings-Stewart), NZ Listener, May 14 1983
I was a Māori. I belonged, you see. I knew I was paler than the others but the thought I could be a Pākehā never entered my head.
– Hera Ngoungou (Ginette McDonald)