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Sir Raymond and Lady Rosemary Firth Visit Auckland

Sir Raymond Firth, Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics, and Lady Rosemary Firth, recently retired as lecturer in Health Education at University of London Institute of Education, were visitors at the Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, from mid July to December 1978. Professor Firth's major task during his visit was revising his Tikopian dictionary with assistance from Mr Ishmael Tuki, a Tikopian teacher from the Solomon Islands. While at Auckland, Professor Firth chaired the Department's Thursday afternoon staff-student seminars and contributed to and chaired a series of seminars on interpretations of Tikopian ethnography. Lady Firth joined a seminar class on social anthropology and schools curriculum, contributing valuable insights from her experience in this area. On July 26, Sir Raymond received an honorary degree from the University of Auckland. During the August holidays, the Firth's toured around the North Island, visiting friends and relatives, and then flew to Dunedin for the New Zealand Association of Social Anthropologists meeting, at which Professor Firth gave a masterful summing up of the proceedings. After another round of visiting in November and December, the Firth's departed to return to London by way of Australia and Malaysia.

Professor Maurice Godelier, French National Fellow 1978

From late August to early October Professor Maurice Godelier, Director of Studies of the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale du Collège de France et de l'École Pratique des Haute Études, was in New Zealand as French National Fellow. Professor Godelier has done extensive field research among the Baruya, in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea, and is well-known for his numerous publications on Marxist anthropology. During his six-week visit, he gave 24 lectures and seminars at six New Zealand universities, beginning at the University of Otago, where he attended the New Zealand Association of Social Anthropologists meeting and gave a brilliant after-dinner lecture, and ending at the University of Auckland. He also attended many lectures and seminars as a participant-observer and spent many hours in informal discussion with staff and students. Taking several days well-deserved respite from his taxing university schedule, Professor Godelier visited rural Maori communities on the East Coast.

Research on the Maori Affairs Trade Training Scheme

Recent research on the Trade Training Scheme by Patricia Berwick indicates that Maori people find themselves restricted to low status occupations because of public opinion and the structure of examinations. Though an attempt to over- - 6 come these problems, the Trade Training Scheme has tended to be affected by the same problems as well as others inherent in programme itself.

A full report has been lodged with the Department of Maori Affairs, Head Office, Wellington.


The Editor has received a copy of the Summary Report of the International Seminar on the Cross-Cultural Study of Circulation held at the East-West Centre Honolulu, Hawaii, 3-7 April 1978. The summary gives brief abstracts of some 19 papers given at the seminar. The report has been deposited in the Society's library.

Copies and additional information can be obtained from:

The Publications Office,

East-West Population Institute,

1777 East-West Road,

Honolulu, Hawaii 96848, U.S.A.

The Fifth World Congress for Rural Sociology will be held in Mexico City from August 7-12, 1980. The theme of the Congress will be “agrarian problems and development within the international context”. Further information is available from:

Dr Bruce R. Crouch,

Department of Agriculture

University of Queensland

St Lucia, Queensland, 4067,


Contributors of Articles to this Issue

John D. LeRoy is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Dr LeRoy is currently interested in the analysis of the myths of the Kewa, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.

Andrew Strathern has contributed previously to the Journal. He has held research and teaching posts at Trinity College, Cambridge, the Australian National University, the University of Papua New Guinea and University College, London, where he is currently Professor of Anthropology. His present research interests include a longitudinal study of social change in the New Guinea highlands and further work on Melpa aesthetic concepts.

Patrick V. Kirch received his Ph.D. in 1975 from Yale University and is currently Anthropologist on the staff of the B.P. Bishop Museum. Aside from fieldwork in Tonga, Dr. Kirch has recently been pursuing archaeological investigations in Tokopia and Vanikoro islands in the southeastern Solomons. His research interests include prehistoric agriculture, ethnoarchaeology, and human paleoecology.

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Thomas S. Dye, a student at the University of Hawaii, was Field Assistant on the Bishop Museum's 1976 Tongan Expedition. Mr. Dye has extensive archaeological field experience in Hawaii and in Micronesia (Palau, Yap, Guam). His research interests include both ethnographic and archaeological approaches to indigenous exploitation of the sea and its resources by Pacific Island populations.

National Research Advisory Council

The NRAC has recently gained approval from the Cabinet Committee on Expenditure for its proposal that a social science research fund be established. The Fund will be administered by a committee representing the NRAC, the Universities, Treasury, and the Department of Social Welfare.

Further information can be obtained from:

The Executive Director,

National Research Advisory Council,

P.O. Box 12240,



Readers of the Journal will have noted with regret the deaths of Sir Roger Duff, Dr Margaret Mead and Mr Matiu Te Hau. Full obituaries will be published in subsequent issues.

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