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Volume 106 MARCH 1997 Number 1
  • Review Editor CHRISTINE DUREAU

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

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

Copyright © 1996 by The Polynesian Society (Inc.)

Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of private study, research, criticism, or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part of this publication may be reproduced by any process without written permission.

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Indexed in CURRENT CONTENTS, Behavioural, Social and Managerial Sciences, in INDEX TO NEW ZEALAND PERIODICALS, and in ANTHROPOLOGICAL INDEX.


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Volume 106 MARCH 1997 Number 1
  • Notes and News 5
  • M.D. OLSON Re-constructing Landscapes: The Social Forest, Nature and Spiritworld in Samoa 7
  • TERRY CROWLEY What Happened to Erromango's Languages? 33
  • JEFFREY TOBIN Savages, the Poor and the Discourse of Hawaiian Infanticide 65
  • Binney, Judith: Redemption Songs: A Life of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki. PATRICIA LAING 93
  • Evison, Harry C.: Te Waipounamu: The Greenstone Island: A History of the Southern Maori During the European Colonisation of New Zealand. RANGINUI J. WALKER 94
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  • Finney, Ben et al.: Voyage of Rediscovery: A Cultural Odyssey through Polynesia. SIMON H. BICKLER 96
  • Houghton, Philip: People of the Great Ocean: Aspects of Human Biology of the Early Pacific ELIZABETH MATISOO-SMITH 97
  • Mosel, Ulrike and Even Hovdhaugen: Samoan Reference Grammar. FRANTISEK LICHTENBERK 99
  • Orans, Martin: Not Even Wrong: Margaret Mead, Derek Freeman and the Samoans. HILARY LAPSLEY 101
  • Spoonley, Paul, Cluny Macpherson and David Pearson (eds): Nga Patai: Racism and Ethnic Relations in Aotearoa/New Zealand. JULIE PARK 102
  • Wessen, Albert F. (ed.): Migration and Health in a Small Society: The Case of Tokelau. CHRISTOPHER PRYCE 103
  • Correspondence 105
  • Publications Received 109
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The Polynesian Society on the Internet

The Society now has a number of web pages on the Internet. These contain information about the Society and its publications. They are managed by Ray Harlow (rharlow@waikato.ac.nz), who would very much appreciate readers' suggestions about other information which could be included and appropriate links which could be built in. The URL for the Society's homepage is:


Contributors to this issue

Terry Crowley teaches linguistics at the University of Waikato. Before moving to New Zealand, he taught at the University of the South Pacific and the University of Papua New Guinea. He received his training in Linguistics as an undergraduate and graduate student at the Australian National University. His current research is on the Sye language of Erromango (Vanuatu). He has done studies of other Vanuatu languages—including an extensive field study of the Paamese language, and more limited studies of Nati, Vinmavis, Mwotlap and Ura. Again in Vanuatu, he has also investigated the English-lexifier contact language Bislama from both descriptive and historical perspectives, and, in Australia, has carried out salvage fieldwork on the Bandjalang, Yaygir, Uradhi and Mpakwithi languages.

Paul Geraghty is the Director of the Institute of Fijian Language and Culture—Suva. His main research interest is in the historical study of Pacific languages and cultures, particularly with a view to the reconstruction of Pacific history.

M.D. Olson is currently a Research Fellow with the Center for Sustainable Resource Development, University of California at Berkeley, where he is completing research and writing, addressing the differential effects of state formation and authority on the state-local relations and local transformations of nature and society in Samoa, East and West. By June 1997, he should be in Fiji, affiliated with the Department of Geography, University of the South Pacific—Suva, as a visiting Research Fellow conducting similar research as part of a long-term study in comparative Pacific political ecology.

Jan Tent is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of the South Pacific—Suva. His main research interests are in sociolinguistics, comparative linguistics and world Englishes. He is currently engaged in a detailed study of Fiji English, as well as a comprehensive survey of language use and attitudes in Fiji.

Jeffrey Tobin is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Rice University in Houston, Texas. His dissertation is about masculinity and popular culture in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Book Sale continued

To accommodate members who were only informed of the sale in the September 1996 issue, Council at its November 1996 meeting decided to extend the sale through the first half of 1997. The sale gives substantial discounts on back issues and selected memoirs.

For lists of back issues and other publications still available, and their discounted prices, write to Ruth Wiki, Assistant Secretary, Polynesian Society, Department of Maori Studies, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland. Ruth can now also be contacted at the following e-mail address:


The New Zealand Journal of History
Editor: Judith Binney

Vol.30, No.2, October 1996 contains:

Jock Phillips Our History, Our Selves. The Historian and National Identity
John Stenhouse ‘A disappearing race before we came here’. Doctor Alfred Kingcome Newman, the Dying Maori, and Victorian Scientific Racism
Tom Brooking Use it or Lose it. Unravelling the Land Debate in Late Nineteenth Century New Zealand
Paul Goldsmith Medicine, Death and the Gospel in Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay, 1845–1852

The New Zealand Journal of History is published twice yearly, in April and October, by The University of Auckland.

Subscription rates for 1997, payable in advance, post free: Domestic $24.00, Overseas $NZ 35.00. Back numbers available: $8.00 (incl. GST) per issue in New Zealand and $NZ10.00 overseas.

Subscriptions and all business correspondence should be addressed to the Business Manager, New Zealand Journal of History, History Department, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand.