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Volume 104 MARCH 1995 Number 1
  • Editor RAY HARLOW
  • Review Editor WENDY COWLING
  • Editorial Assistant LIONEL CROTHERS

Published quarterly by the Polynesian Society (Inc.), Auckland, New Zealand

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Published in New Zealand by the Polynesian Society (Inc.)

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Volume 104 March 1995 Number 1
  • Notes and News 5
  • TERRY CROWLEY. The National Drink and the National Language in Vanuatu 7
  • ROD EWINS. Proto-Polynesian Art? The Cliff Paintings of Vatulele, Fiji 23
  • DAVID HYNDMAN. Afek and Rebaibal: Ideologies of Social Protest and the Ok Tedi Mining Project in Papua New Guinea 75
  • GABRIELE STÜRZENHOFECKER. Sacrificial Bodies and the Cyclicity of Substance 89
    Best Medal Lecture
  • ATHOLL ANDERSON. Current Approaches In East Polynesian Colonisation Research 110
  • Brison, Karen: Just Talk: Gossip, Meetings, and Power in a Papua New Guinea Village. ELIZABETH KEATING 133
  • Lieber, Michael D.: More than a Living: Fishing and the Social Order on a Polynesian Atoll. JUDITH HUNTSMAN 134
  • van der Grijp, Paul: Islanders of the South: Production, kinship and ideology in the Polynesian kingdom of Tonga, and
  • Perminow, Arne Aleksej: The Long Way Home: Dilemmas of Everyday Life in a Tongan Village. WENDY E. COWLING 137
  • Publications Received 138
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The New Zealand Journal of History

Editors: Judith Binney and M.P.K. Sorrenson

Vol. 28, No. 2, October, 1994 contains:

John E. Martin The Removal of Compulsory Arbitration and the Depression of the 1930s
Anna Green The Unimportance of Arbitration? The New Zealand Waterfront 1915-1951
Kerry Taylor ‘Our Motto, No Compromise’: The Ideological Origins and Foundation of the Communist Party of New Zealand
Pat Walsh An ‘unholy alliance’: The 1968 Nil Wage Order
Peter Franks The Employment Contracts Act and the Demise of the New Zealand Clerical Workers Union

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Contributors to this issue

Terry Crowley is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Waikato. His research interests have covered Pacific Pidgins and Creoles, as well as descriptive and historical work in Oceanic linguistics, especially the languages of Vanuatu. His interest in kava developed during a period of residence of some years in Vila when he was lecturing at the University of the South Pacific.

Roderick Ewins was born in Fiji and educated in Fiji, Australia and England. He is a practising artist and theoretician, Associate Professor of Fine Arts and currently Academic Dean of the Faculty of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania. Since 1979 his principal research area has been Fijian material culture. He is currently also writing a Ph.D. in Sociology, dealing with aspects of cultural change on Vatulele, Fiji.

David Hyndman specialises in indigenous peoples and environmental politics in Melanesia and the Philippines. His research association with the Wopkaimin started with an interest in subsistence ecology in the 1970s and shifted to an interest in political ecology in the 1980s with the inception of the Ok Tedi project.

Gabriele Stürzenhofecker was trained at the Universities of Munich and Hamburg and the University of California at San Diego before receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. She conducted fieldwork among the Duna speaking people of highland Papua New Guinea in 1991 and 1994, and has published several articles on witchcraft, historical change and gender relations among the Duna. She currently holds a research grant from the H. F. Guggenheim Foundation, and is in the process of completing a monograph on gender and historical change among the Duna. Her interests include symbolism, kinship studies, historical anthropology, and the comparative study of gender relations and witchcraft.

Atholl Anderson has an M.A. in Geography (Canterbury) and another in Anthropology (Otago), plus a Ph.D. in Archaeology (Cambridge). Most of his career was at Otago University, but, since 1993, he has been at the Australian National University as Professor of Prehistory and Head of the Division of Archaeology and Natural History in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies. His main interests are in Pacific colonisation, coastal palaeo-economics, and palaeo-environmental change. He was awarded the Best Memorial Medal by the Society in 1994

Linking Our Sea of Islands: Samoa, Fiji, and Tonga

The conference was initiated and organised by Elisabeth Wood-Ellem in lieu of the regular Tongan History Association meetings to explore links between Samoa, Tonga and Fiji in which Tonga logically played a central role. The papers and - 6 discussions dealt with both historical relations between the three island groups (Pulotu was a central debate), and contemporary contrasts and comparabilities betwen them. Advertised as “a conference unlike any other”, it drew to Waipapa Marae at the University of Auckland some 60 participants from Tonga, Fiji and Australia, as well as from several cities in New Zealand. The opening pōhiri at the wharenui Tāne-nui-ā-Rangi took place on the morning of the 26th January 1995 before three days of speaking and listening, commenting and debating. Nine theme speakers — Ian Campbell, Isimeli Cokanasiga, Paul Geraghty, Roger Green, Adrienne Kaeppler, 'Okusi Māhina, Malama Meleiseā, Penelope Schoeffel and Jehanne Teilhet-Fisk — were asked to address relations and issues having to do with all three island groups, whether in the past or in the present, and they all did. Panellists, often contributing additional information and ideas, spoke to the theme presentation, and workshops, sometimes involving everyone present, allowed all participants to have their say. Futa Helu and past 'Atenisi University students added music, poetry and dance to the proceedings with performances, and Professor Helu's “interlude” on the images of Tongan relations with Fiji and Samoa in Tongan poetry. Food for the conference was abundantly and tasefully catered for by senior students of Maori Studies and participants enjoyed a Samoan feast preceded by Sia Figiuel, a Samoan poet, reading two of her poems.