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Contributors of articles in this issue

As an authority on Pacific land tenure and ethnohistory, Ron Crocombe has acted as a consultant both to the South Pacific Commission and the United Nations on problems relating to these subjects. Until August 1969, when he was appointed Professor of Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific, he was Senior Fellow at Australian National University and Field Director of A.N.U.'s New Guinea Research Unit in Port Moresby.

David Simmons was the subject of a note in the March 1969 “Notes and News”.

Bruce Biggs took up a newly established Chair of Maori Studies & Oceanic Linguistics at the University of Auckland in 1969. He is a past editor of the Journal and was elected to the Polynesian Society Council in June 1969.

Patrick Kirch is at present attached to the Anthropology Department of the Bishop Museum, on a leave of absence from the University of Pennsylvania. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in the Hawaiian Islands and his current research interests are centred upon settlement pattern archaeology and the nature of aboriginal subsistence patterns in Oceania.

I. J. Fairbairn is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Commerce at the University of Newcastle, N.S.W. He has an M.A. (1958) in Economics from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. (1963) in Pacific History from A.N.U. Recently he visited Western Samoa, Tonga and Fiji to study the economic and industrial development of these areas.

The article in this issue by W. J. Phillipps was submitted by the author shortly before his death in November 1967 and is now published posthumously as a tribute to his work in Maori ethnology. Mr Phillipps was a staff member of the Dominion Museum, Wellington, from 1917 until his retirement in 1958. During his more than 40 years with the Museum he published numerous books and articles on the Maori, including several on carved houses. Many of his articles were published in the Journal, and for several years Mr Phillipps was a member of the Polynesian Society Council.

The Committee set up to consider applications for grants from “The Skinner Fund for Physical Anthropology, Archaeology and Ethnology”, sponsored jointly by the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Polynesian Society and the New Zealand Archaeological Association, has recommended that approximately one half of the annual available income should be allocated on 15th March and 15th September each year. Applications should be sent to: The General Secretary, The Royal Society of New Zealand, Box 196, Wellington.

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The N.Z. Branch of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health will be holding its annual Conference in Auckland on 16th, 17th, and 18th February 1971. The theme of the Conference will be “New Zealand—the Multi-racial Society”. Papers to be presented under this title will cover such aspects as Health, Recreation, Employment, Social Welfare, Education and Housing.

As this is Centennial Year for the Auckland City Council, there will also be an Exhibition of “100 Years of Public Health” and in addition a special issue of the Society's Journal Public Health will be published to mark the occasion.

Further information can be obtained from the Secretary, Mr A. Riley, C/- East Tamaki Post Office, Auckland.

From time to time “Notes and News” will continue to publish information about Anthropology Departments and Institutions concerned with Pacific studies.

The following statement about the University of South Pacific was supplied by Professor Ron Crocombe.

“The University of the South Pacific has its campus at Suva, Fiji but is set up to serve Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau Islands, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Nauru, New Hebrides and Solomon Islands. The Council consists of representatives from all those countries and territories as well as from Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and the United Kingdom. The main source of recurrent expenditure for the university is the respective Pacific Islands governments, but generous assistance has been forthcoming from various other sources. The original buildings and grounds were donated by the New Zealand Government, the United Kingdom Government made a substantial grant for capital development and partial running costs in the early stages, residential scholarships have been granted in the past and promised for the future from sources in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, as well as from various firms and institutions in the Pacific Islands. Grants have also been received from the United Nations Development Programme and the Carnegie Corporation.

Most students doing a degree take it over four years. The first year is called a Preliminary year, the normal level of entry to which is New Zealand University Examination. After successful completion of the Preliminary year the student has a much wider range of choice in a normal university programme. Degree teaching is now in its second year, but most of the approximately 500 students on the campus are undertaking preliminary or diploma courses. Both the number of students and the proportion taking degree courses are expected to increase substantially.

The University is divided into Schools rather than Departments. The three Schools are the School of Natural Resources (dealing with the physical sciences), the School of Education (dealing with English, Mathematics, Education, Psychology, etc.) and the School of Social and Economic Development. The work of this last School is likely to be of most interest to readers of the Journal. Disciplines taught within this School are Sociology (including Anthropology), Geography, Economics, Politics, Administration and History. A comprehensive social science research programme is now being devised, and the possibility of a Social Science Research Institute is being investigated.

The staff of the School of Social and Economic Development are:

  • L. V. Castle Professor of Economics and Head of School
  • R. G. Crocombe Professor of Pacific Studies
  • E. S. Simpson Professor of Geography
  • O. G. Pickard Advisor on Vocational Training
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  • R. W. Rowe Visiting Professor of Economics
  • J. N. Harré Reader in Sociology
  • J. A. Boutilier Lecturer in History
  • I. Q. Lasaqa Lecturer in Geography
  • A. J. Chapelle Lecturer (Preliminary) in History
  • J. P. McMechan Lecturer (Preliminary) in Geography
  • J. Singh Lecturer (Preliminary) in Geography
  • A. M. McGregor Assistant Lecturer in Economics
  • J. Narayan Assistant Lecturer in Sociology
  • M. F. Huybrechts Assistant Lecturer in Economics
  • J. B. Dalton Visiting Lecturer in Politics
  • M. A. Whitehead Lecturer (Preliminary) in History