New Zealand 15

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 22

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 31/10/1986

PLACE OF BIRTH: Auckland, New Zealand

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Tongan

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: college

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

The subject spent significant time in Tonga, in addition to greater Auckland (Mangere, South Auckland, and New Lynn).

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: David Nevell

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/06/2008

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DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

So, so we all like all just huddled in, in uh … in the flats! We call it the flats!  Um, the block!  We were on, um, where were we? C- Block.  Yeah, we were on C-Block and, um … Yeah, so it was just like all these concrete blocks, and, and we used to … we had lots of good times over there.  We used to play rugby.  Um, there was a big patch of grass, and we used to play, um, block versus block.  And, um, it was funny because where your family would be or…um…you’re enrolled…you’re kind of right into the government you want to stay in, in that block.  And the reason would be because “aww, yeah, because my family staying there, and they just help me out, because I can’t speak English,” or whatever your circumstances.  Um, the truth … the truth is you just want to be next to your friends [fans?].  And then … yeah, so every time we play rugby or touch, uh, we say we play touch, so just like “how?” Was, uh, no contact and then slowly, you know someone’s touch will go kind of physical and then … and then, you know that person gets touched a little more physical and then it’s just full on, like, you know?  Physical rugby?  Yeah man. And, it was funny because it’s like all your cousins will be on one side, and then … your best friend, he’s on the other side, because he stayed in another block.  And, so, he stayed in another block, which meant you couldn’t be in the same team.  And then, but you knew Herman, like all his family, and then, then he’s, yeah man, it would be crazy, like he __________. He’ll play his rugby, and you’ll be committed to your block, committed to your family, and, and, so would he be, and you all play rugby and then, you know a … a fight might break out, but then after the rugby game’s finished, the next day we walk together to school and we’re just best friends again.

TRANSCRIBED BY: David Nevell

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

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