Faculty of Arts


NZ-Born Pacific Identities

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for PACIFIC 300.


Explores the complex issues of growing up as NZ-born persons of Pacific descent. Examines how their dual or multiple identities affect and interact with their behaviours, priorities, social relationships and their concept of self. The course will use a cross-cultural perspective, exploring ethnic identities of other minorities. The concept of inter-generational ethnic identity will also be considered.

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Availability 2018

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Melani Anae


Polynesian Panthers: The Crucible Years 1971-74, Anae, M., Iuli, L., Burgoyne, L., eds. Auckland: Reed Publishing, 2006.

Tangata o le Moana: New Zealand and the People of the Pacific, Mallon, S., Mahina-Tuai, K., Salesa, D., eds. Wellington: Te Papa Press, 2013.

Jade Taniwha: Māori-Chinese Identity and Schooling in Aotearoa, Lee, Jenny Bol Jun. Auckland: Rautaki Ltd, 2007.

These will be supplemented by a Coursebook of readings which will be provided.

Recommended Reading

Tangata O Te Moana Nui: Evolving Identities of Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Macpherson, C., Spoonley, P., Anae, M., eds. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press, 2001.

Making Our Place: Growing up PI in NZ, Fairbairn-Dunlop, P., Makisi, G., eds. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press, 2003.


Coursework only


PACIFIC 300: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in Pacific Studies



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