My Friend Dominic

Toitoi 11



Words by

Konzay Rangi, age 10

Pictures by

Manley Herd, age 12

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My friend Dominic left because he was moving to another house and was going to a different school. We took some photos of us together and now I have them as the wallpaper on my computer.

     Dominic is funny, kind, helpful and a very good dancer. He’s half-Tongan and half-Fijian. He showed me some moves because his uncle is a fighter and he showed him how. He showed me how to Tongan dance and he knows how to Māori dance and sing as well.

     He is a great friend and treats people nicely. He was in my reading group and when I got a word wrong he told me the word and he helped me sound it out.

     He is a great reader — he is really quick at reading and he never misses one word. He always tries and keeps it up so that he can get better. He is a great and smart friend and he always tries to be helpful in school. He believes in himself.

     He brought stuff to school like photos of his sister and carved wood from Tonga. He loved to bring stuff for show and tell. He gave me one of his carvings and I keep it in my room.