Tangata o le Moana: New Zealand and the People of the Pacific 


Tangata o le Moana

Edited by: Sean Mallon, Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai, and Damon Salesa
Publication date: May 2012

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Aotearoa New Zealand is home to a large Pasifika population. This illustrated history 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.

Anne Salmond
Cluny MacPherson
Fulimalo Pereira
Gavin McLean
Geoff Bertram
Graeme Whimp
Janet Davidson
Melani Anae
Peter Adds
Teresia Teaiwa
Claudia Orange

 View sample pages here (PDF 2 MB).



Hear an interview with editor Sean Mallon on ABC Australian Radio, 1 May 2012.

The three editors speak about the book on TVNZ’s Tangata Pasifika.

'A must-read book for teachers, social workers, community leaders and aspiring politicians.'
Waikato Times, September 2012

'A lavish new book which raps on the door of national identity.'
New Zealand Heritage Journal, September 2012

'Essays start with the early contact days, are supported by incredible and never-before-published photographs and end with well-chosen personal narratives.'
New Zealand Listener 100 Best Books of 2012

'Pacific peoples are the main actors in a history of New Zealand rather than just the extras.'
Capital Times, May 2012


Tangata o le Moana: New Zealand and the People of the Pacific has received an award from the Human Rights Commission for positive contribution to race relations.
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $79.99
Extent: 360 pp
Illustrations: 300+ full-colour plates and black-and-white images
Format: 280 mm x 230 mm
Binding: PB
ISBN: 978-1-877385-72-8

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