NZ-Born Pacific Identities

Please note: this is archived course information from 2022 for PACIFIC 300.


This course will explore the complex issues of growing up as an ethnic member, or a bi/multi-cultural person and how these dual or multiple identities affect and/or interact with an individual’s behaviours, priorities, social relationships and the concept of self. The concept of intra-ethnic identity will also be explored.

The focus will be on NZ-born Pacific ethnic issues, however to achieve a broad understanding of ethnic issues, part of the course will use a cross-cultural perspective in which materials about other minority ethnic groups and inter-ethnic relations in New Zealand will be examined. Case studies from other countries provide comparative global perspectives. Special emphasis will be given to class discussions, creative writing and exchange of viewpoints.

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022




The Polynesian Panthers:Pacific Protest and Affirmative Action in Aotearoa New Zealand 1971-1981, Anae, M., Iuli, L., Tamu, L., eds. Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2015.

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 points


30 points at Stage II in Pacific Studies