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THE JOURNAL OF THE POLYNESIAN SOCIETY
VOLUME 78 No. 1 MARCH 1969
Edited by Mervyn McLean
Published with the assistance of grant fromt the Maori Purposes Fund Board- ii
Indexed in CURRENT CONTENTS, Behavioral, Social and Managerial Sciences- 1
NOTES AND NEWS
At the March 1969 meeting of the Polynesian Society Council, Dr Mervyn McLean was elected Joint Editor of the Journal with Dr Antony Hooper. Dr Hooper will be doing field work in the Tokelau Islands from July 1969-May 1970 and during his absence Dr McLean will have sole responsibility for editing the Journal. A note about Dr McLean appeared in the September 1968 “Notes and News”.
Dr Roger Green has been selected as the first Captain James Cook Fellow. The Fellowship was established by the New Zealand Government to commemorate the Bi-centenary of Captain Cook's landing in New Zealand and is administered by The Royal Society of New Zealand. Dr Green will take up his appointment in March 1970 and will be working from the Auckland Institute and Museum. During the tenure of the Fellowship he will undertake archaeological research in the S.E. Solomon Islands and possibly Eastern Micronesia and the Tonga group. Dr Green was formerly Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Auckland and is currently Associate Chairman of the Department of Anthropology, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Hawaii.
Recently there has been a remarkable upsurge of interest in the related subjects of Maori agriculture, food resources, subsistence activities, trade, and economic change. Enough papers have, in fact, been submitted on these topics to fill an entire issue of the Journal. The editors have decided to spread these papers over several issues, beginning with the papers by MACNAB and SIMMONS in the current issue. Others that will be appearing in subsequent issues are:
Contributors of articles in this issue:
D. R. Simmons took his M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Auckland in 1963 and is currently ethnologist at the Auckland Institute and Museum. He was formerly Keeper in Anthropology at Otago Museum, Dunedin and has done extensive research on New Zealand and Chatham Islands prehistory and ethnohistory.
Also at the Auckland Institute and Museum where she has been E. Earle Vaile Archaeologist since 1965, is Janet Davidson. Miss Davidson graduated M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Auckland in 1964. She has done field work in the Society Islands (Moorea) 1961-2, Samoa 1964 and 1965-66, Tonga 1964 and Nukuoro 1965 and in addition has just returned from Vava'u where she was a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand Cook Bicentenary Expedition. Since 1968 she has been a member of the Polynesian Society Council. Her current interests include excavations of the Auckland Isthmus and offshore islands and continuing site surveys in other parts of Auckland province, especially the Far North and Coromandel Peninsula.
Robert Levy was trained in medicine and psychiatry but since 1961 has been working in psychological anthropology and cross-cultural psychiatry. From 1961-64 he worked with Tahitian communities on the psychological aspects of social stability and change. From 1964 until 1969 he was at the University of Hawaii, first as a Senior Specialist at the East West Center then as Research Professor at the Social Science Research Institute. In July 1969 he became Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at San Diego. He writes that the San Diego Anthropology Department is newly established and is particularly interested in the interplay of cultural, social and psychological processes. Two other members of the Department have worked in Oceania: Melford Spiro on Ifaluk in Micronesia, and Theodore Schwartz on Manus, where he studied revitalisation movements.
J. W. Macnab is Reader in Geography at Victoria University of Wellington. He has a B.Sc. from the University of New Zealand and an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. from London University. His main research interest is in man's impact on the environment with particular reference to man's use of sloping land.
Peter Curson graduated M.A. in Geography from Auckland in 1964 and is now Lecturer in Geography at the University of Tasmania. Since 1966 he has been engaged in a detailed study of Cook Island urbanisation. This study involves a detailed socio-economic survey of Avarua, Rarotonga, as well as a social survey of Cook Islanders in Auckland, New Zealand.