Fresh on the bookshelf – Tangata o le Moana: New Zealand and the People of the Pacific

Tangata o le Moana: New Zealand and the People of the Pacific, Te Papa Press, 2012

Aotearoa New Zealand is home to a large Pasifika population. This illustrated collection of essays is the first of its kind to tell their stories – from the legendary feats of the ancestors of modern Māori, to the politically explosive dawn raids of the 1970s, and beyond.

This beautiful book is lavishly illustrated with hundreds of historical and contemporary photos and archival documents. Drawing on a rich cache of oral history, it is a fresh and surprising record of over a thousand years of discovery, encounter, and cultural exchange. The research for this book commenced in 2003 and produced a major  exhibition which opened in 2007.

For more information about the book click on the image above.

To view details about the exhibition Tangata o le Moana: The story of Pacific people in New Zealand  click on the image below.

Mannequin (Marquesan warrior), 1959, White, Gordon, Wellington. © Te Papa.

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