Tangata o le Moana: New Zealand and the People of the Pacific

Author(s): Sean Mallon; Kolokesa Uafa Mahina-Tuai; Damon Salesa


This richly illustrated history tells the fascinating story of Pacific people and their relationships with, and contributions to, New Zealand society. Across fifteen chapters written by leading historians and writers, every aspect of New Zealand’s relationship with Pacific people is covered - from migration to tourism, economics to politics, sport to the arts.


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Sean Mallon is senior curator, Pacific Cultures at the - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Kolokesa Uata Mahina-Tuai is senior research fellow and curator, Vava'u Academy for Critical Inquiry and Applied Research. Damon Ieremia Salesa is associate professor of History, American Culture and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan.

E kore au e ngaro: Ancestral connections to the Pacific -- Explorers and pioneers: The first Pacific people in New Zealand -- Visitors: Tupaia the navigator priest -- Little-known lives: Pacific Islanders in nineteenth-century New Zealand -- A Pacific destiny: New Zealand's overseas empire 1840-1945 -- Barques, banana boats and Boeings: Connecting New Zealand and the Pacific -- FIA (forgotten in action): Pacific Islanders in the New Zealand armed forces -- A land of milk and honey? Education and employment migration schemes in the postwar era -- Communities and cultures: Pacific organisations in New Zealand -- Economic links between the Pacific and New Zealand in the twentieth century -- All power to the people: Overstayers, dawn raids and the Polynesian Panthers -- Good neighbour, big brother, kin? New Zealand's foreign policy in the contemporary Pacific -- Representing the nation: Pacific peoples and politicians in New Zealand -- Conspicuous selections: Pacific Islanders in New Zealand sport -- Arts specific: Pacific peoples and New Zealand arts -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Contributors -- Image Credits -- Index.

General Fields

  • : 9781877385728
  • : Te Papa Press
  • : Te Papa Press
  • : April 2012
  • : 280x230mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sean Mallon; Kolokesa Uafa Mahina-Tuai; Damon Salesa
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 305.8995093
  • : near fine
  • : 392
  • : HB
  • : Colour and black and white illustrations