Selahattin Kefali, a pioneer in amongst the Muslim community in New Zealand passed away on Sunday night 18 February 2018 at the age of 87.

He was one of the Albanian Muslim refugees who arrived in NZ in 1951 on board the MS Goya

Nicknamed “Sol”, Kefali was born in Tetovo, Macedonia, in 1930. An agricultural worker, Kefali married a Pakeha lady. By 1956 Sellahuttin Kefali was working in Mercer but later he moved to Auckland.

Along with his friends, he was involved in the New Zealand Muslim Association and worked closely with the Indian Muslim immigrants in the 1950s and 1960s.

His grandson made a short film variously called ‘Baba’ and elsewhere ‘Dans’ (Turkish for ‘dance’) where he narrated a colourful yarn about his experiences in the 1950’s, discovering sausage rolls in central Auckland.