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13th New Zealand Science Congress

The above congress will be held in Dunedin on May 10-14, 1976, under the auspices of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Five major themes have been selected. They are:

  • 1. Planning for the year 2000
  • 2. Antarctica
  • 3. Marine resources of the New Zealand Region
  • 4. Innovation and Evaluation in Education
  • 5. Current research in New Zealand

Further information can be obtained from:

Congress Secretary,

XIII New Zealand Science Congress,

Physics Department,

University of Otago,

P.O. Box 56,



Request for Readers' Views

The following request has been received from Jean Guiart, President of the Société des Océanistes:

The Société des Océanistes would like to try and bring together what up-to-date information is available on economic, social and political matters. The aim would be to help keep its readers in touch with local and world events which have repercussions on the Pacific area. In a rapidly changing world, the necessity for information as extensive as possible is becoming more and more important—as much in the Pacific as in the rest of the world.
Experience has shown that we are all so busy that lengthy papers cannot easily be expected. But we do hope for and would appreciate any articles which could be sent to us (in English or in French): these articles could be short or long—say ten lines, or up to two pages—either providing information, or giving a particular point of view on the political, economic and social side. They would be published in the form of a newsletter in our quarterly Journal, under the author's signature.
We hope to receive unbiased commentary and a wide range of opinions which will help to put the evolution and the problems of the Pacific into a proper perspective. There are enough specialists interested in the Pacific islands to go round, and our aim could easily be achieved if each of you would only give us a thought, and a few lines, once or twice a year, whenever something happens about which you feel strongly.

Any contributions should be sent to:

Société des Océanistes,

Musée de l'Homme,

Palais de Chaillot,

75116 Paris—France

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Museum of Mankind: Opening of New Ethnography Store

The British Museum has provided the following notice:

The world's greatest collection of material from tribal societies, for many years almost inaccessible, is now open for study. The Museum of Mankind (the British Museum's Ethnography Department) opened its reserve collections for study and research on September 16, 1974.
The Museum possesses some 800,000 items from tribal and non-industrial societies in Africa, Asia, America and the Pacific. This vast and almost unbelievably varied collection includes some of the world's most famous and important pieces (e.g., items brought from the Pacific by Captain Cook, African sculpture, Eskimo art, pre-Columbian jades, Baluchi textiles etc.), as well as comprehensive collections covering almost the whole life of some cultures.
For many years, due to shortage of staff and space, access to these collections had to be limited. Now the bulk of them has been moved to a new five-floor store at Shoreditch and almost every piece can be seen and studied by serious researchers.
The opening of the store is part of a general reorganisation of the Ethnography Department which began when it moved recently from the main British Museum building in Bloomsbury to its new exhibition and administrative centre at 6 Burlington Gardens.
Access will be allowed only by appointment and applications should be sent to the Keeper of the Museum of Mankind, Mr M. D. McLeod, at 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1X 2EX.
Further information can be obtained from the Keeper at above address.

Free Offprints Available

Free offprints of the Journal of the Polynesian Society “Reviews” section—from about 1960 onwards—are available from:

Assistant Secretary,

Polynesian Society,

P.O. Box 10323,

The Terrace, Wellington.

Contributors of Articles in This Issue

Peter J. Hempenst all took his D.Phil. at Oxford University in 1973 and is now a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Pacific and S.E. Asian History at A.N.U. He is completing work on a book called ‘Resistance’ or ‘Collaboration’?: Pacific Islanders under German Rule, and is also collecting material for a history of Micronesia during its German period. His other research interests are in the history of New Guinea and Samoa, and the evolution of leadership patterns and the development of nationalist politics in the Pacific.

Rolf Kuschel is Senior Lecturer in Anthropological Psychology at the Psychological Laboratory, University of Copenhagen. He has spent about a year on Rennell and Bellona Islands in three periods of field work between 1968 and 1972. A book, Animal Stories from Bellona Island, is forthcoming from the National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen.

Walter W. Tiffany, Ph.D (UCLA) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater campus. He received the B.A. degree from Stanford University (1965) and M.A. degrees in psychology (1966) and anthropology (1967) from the University of California - Los Angeles. He did field work in the Samoan Archipelago for 18 months in 1969-70 and for shorter periods in 1971 and 1973. His research interests centre upon the development of models for comparative analyses of political structure and change.