Pasefika eBooks you can borrow anytime

Need a good read? Including Albert Wendt and Selina Tusitala Marsh, here are just a few eBook titles to whet your appetite. Sign up to Overdrive and get started borrowing…

Overdrive cover Nuanua, Albert Wendt (eBook)
“Edited by Albert Wendt and copublished the University of Hawaii Press, Nuanua is an anthology of short stories, extracts from novels, and poems written since 1980 in the Pacific Islands. It remains an essential resource for teachers of Pacific literature.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Whetu Moana, Robert Sullivan (eBook)
“Whetu Moana is the first anthology of contemporary Polynesian poetry in English edited by Polynesians. It collects poems written over the last twenty years from more than 60 poets in Aotearoa, Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Niue and Rotuma. Well-known poets like Hone Tuwhare, Alistair Campbell and Haunani-Kay Trask are joined by talented young voices, the poets appearing in alphabetical order in a way that presents both an overall Polynesian identity and a focus on individual style. Traditional laments mix with street-smart rap rhythms; images of seascapes and landscapes mingle with shots of urban slums. Political anger is a powerful force in these poems but many are personal and particular. Whetu Moana reveals an active, changing, varied, creative scene, which confronts both a complex colonial past and a fast-moving global present with energy, courage and vitality.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Dream Fish Floating, Karlo Mila (eBook)
“Professor Konai Helu Thaman (Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, and UNESCO Chair in teacher education & culture – The University of the South Pacific) says this about the collection: This is a refreshing and welcome addition to the growing list of women’s writing in Oceania. Karlo draws wisdom and compassion from her ancestral cultures but is not constrained by them. Honest and unafraid, she has spread her net wide in order to capture the many concerns that many people are grappling with as they face the realities of a globalised and impersonal world. Written with passion, persistence and sensitivity, her poems are insightful, challenging and sometimes provocative. This book should inspire others, especially women, to share their experiences with the rest of the world.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Adventures of Vela, Albert Wendt (eBook)
“Journey through the many stories and worlds of the immortal Vela – Vela, so red and ugly at birth they called him the Cooked; Vela the lonely admirer of pigs and the connoisseur of feet; Vela the lover of song maker Mulialofa the Boneman. Follow him down through the centuries on his travels, encountering the single-minded society of the Tagata-Nei and the Smellocracy of Olfact. Accompany him, too, as he recounts the stories of Lady Nafanua, the fearsome warrior queen, before whose powers travelling chroniclers still bow down today.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Ancestry, Albert Wendt (eBook)
“Albert Wendt’s new collection of short stories explores the nature of family, tradition and culture through the eyes of those seemingly caught between the realities of modern contemporary life and the ancestral ties of their heritage. With a deft touch, he draws us into his characters’ lives and with equal parts wisdom and wit, he exposes them to us. This is a masterful meditation on the ties that bind people together across time and place.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Fast Talking PI, Selina Tusitala Marsh (eBook)
“Fast Talking PI is the first ‘singular, confident and musical’ collection of poetry by Auckland writer Selina Tusitala Marsh. ‘Tusitala’ means writer of tales in Samoan, and Marsh here lives up to her name with stories of her life, her family, community, ancestry, and history. Her poetry is sensuous and strong, using lush imagery, clear rhythms and repetitions to power it forward. The list poem is a favourite style, but she also writes with a Pacific lyricism entirely her own. Fast Talking PI is structured in three sections, ‘Tusitala (personal), ‘Talkback’ (political and historical) and ‘Fast Talking PI’ (already a classic). In poems like ‘Guys Like Gauguin’ she writes as a ‘calabash breaker’, fighting back against historic injustices; but in other poems she explores the idea of the calabash as the honoured vessel for identity and story. Ultimately, though, Marsh exhorts herself to ‘be nobody’s darling’, as a writer she is a self-proclaimed ‘darling in the margins’, and Fast Talking PI proves it – a generous work that will thrill readers; ‘a map in our arms / to get us over the reef’; and a tremendous first book.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Whispers and Vanities, Tamasailau M. Suaalii-Sauni (eBook)
“This collection of essays and selected poetry responds to an address on Samoan religious culture given by Samoa’s Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Tupuola Tufuga Efi, to the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions. The address challenges some fundamental aspects of and assumptions in modern Samoan indigenous religious culture. The essays and poetry form a carefully woven critique, from within and outside Samoa, of aspects of Samoa’s religious and cultural values.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature, Jane Stafford (eBook)
“‘What, after all, is the truth of a place that has only just been worked into language?’ From Polynesian Mythology to the Yates’ Garden Guide, from Allen Curnow to Alice Tawhai, from Jessie Mackay to Alison Wong, from Julius Vogel to Albert Wendt, from the letters of Wiremu Te Rangikaheke to the notebooks of Katherine Mansfield – Maori, Pakeha, Pasifika, and Asian New Zealanders have struggled for two and a half centuries to work the English language into some sort of truth about this place. The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature brings together for the first time in one volume this country’s major writing, from the earliest records of exploration and encounter to the globalised, multicultural present. Editors Jane Stafford and Mark Williams range across novels and stories, poems and plays, letters and diaries, comics and songs to collect the defining stuff of our literary heritage. The contents will delight and provoke: Erewhon and The Heart of the Bush; Man Alone and ‘No Ordinary Sun’; The God Boy and Hicksville; ‘The Gumboot Song’ and The Vintner’s Luck. Through an imaginative selection and illuminating introductions, Stafford and Williams provide new paths into our writing and our country. For students and readers, at home and overseas, the Anthology of New Zealand Literature will be the indispensable introduction for years to come to what’s worth reading and why.” (Overdrive description)

Pasefika Arts and Crafts

Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Here are some useful titles of Pacific Art books. These books are available to be borrowed and we also hold a copy of most of them in the New Zealand Collection or Māori Collection on the second floor of Central Library. In addition to books, there is a very useful website Tautai: Guiding Pacific arts whose aim “is to provide Pacific artists with the necessary tools to help them develop their art practices and thrive as individuals in their communities.” This site has useful resources such as links to groups, institutions or organisations dedicated to funding, professional development, awards and competitions. Other useful websites are the Victoria University Pacifc studies pages Pacific Studies, and the University of Canterbury Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies.

Syndetics book coverFatu Feu’u on life & art / [by Fatu Feu’u interviewed by Shona Jennings ; photography by Evotia Tamua].
“Fatu Feu’u is an internationally recognised Samoan-New Zealand artist who has been . at the forefront of the contemporary Pacific art movement in NZ over the past 20 years. He has also been forging a worldwide interest in this genre, and has been nurturing a generation of Pacific artists. This is his story from wilful Samoan-village boy to the global art world. His thoughts on art and life are woven into an inspiring tale that helps us understand what drives him, and what’s behind his art.” (based on the cover jacket)

Syndetics book coverPacific art in detail / Jenny Newell.
“Introduces the riches of Oceanic art through astonishing close-up views of rarely seen treasures from behind the scenes at the Oceanic collection at the British Museum. The pieces chosen for the book use a wide range of materials and techniques and illustrate major themes such as creation, land and sea, connections to gods and ancestors, or spiritual power. The author discusses ‘What is Pacific art?’ while short annotations place each individual art work in its cultural context.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverPasefika : the Festival of Pacific Arts / Floyd K. Takeuchi.
“Every four years the Pacific Islands best dancers and performers gather and the result is The Festival of Pacific Arts. This is a celebration showcasing two weeks of the finest dancers, singers, carvers and other cultural masters from across the Pacific. This book tells the story of the 10th Festival that was held in American Samoa, with more than 2,000 artists and performers traveled to Tutuila Island for the occasion together with thousands of local and international visitors. Well illlustrated.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverArt in Oceania : a new history / Peter Brunt, Nicholas Thomas, Sean Mallon, Lissant Bolton, Deidre Brown, Damian Skinner and Susanne Küchler ; edited by Peter Brunt and Nicholas Thomas, assisted by Stella Ramage.
“The arts of Oceania are astonishing: great statues, daunting tattoos, dynamic carving, dazzling woven and painted fabrics, intricately carved weapons, and a bewildering variety of ornaments, ritual objects, and utilitarian but beautiful things. This landmark book breaks new ground by setting the art of Oceania in its full historical context and capturing an up-to-date understanding of the field. From archaeological findings of prehistoric art to the impact of pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial historical processes, it explores influences such as migration, trade, missionaries, pacification, tourism, nationalism and contemporary market factors, offering abundant new interpretations and addressing significant gaps in other publications. … This beautifully illustrated volume will appeal to general readers interested in world art, collectors, university students, scholars and museum professionals in the field.” (publisher’s description)

Syndetics book cover Home AKL : artists of Pacific heritage in Auckland, by Ron Brownson … [et. al].
“Home AKL was a dynamic exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery, presenting works by Pacific artists, most of whom live in Auckland. It reveals the increasingly significant role Pacific art plays in New Zealand’s identity and cultural landscape, and includes work by more than 20 artists whose heritage derives from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu. Artworks include those by prominent Pacific artists – Lonnie Hutchinson, Ioane Ioane, Shigeyuki Kihara, Andy Leleisi’uao, Paul Tangata and Teuane Tibbo – and emerging talents such as Leilani Kake, Janet Lilo and Siliga David Setoga. Artist biographies are detailed.” (adapted from the publisher’s description).

Syndetics book coverTreasured possessions : indigenous interventions into cultural and intellectual property / Haidy Geismar. “Based around Vanuatu and New Zealand, the author examines the different paths each have used to assert intellectual and cultural property rights. The historical and legal contexts are first explored. Cultural intellectual property is a hot topic in asserting indigenous sovereignty, and cultural survival.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverArts of the Pacific Islands / Anne D’Alleva.
“In this comprehensive survey of the art of the Pacific Islands, including the Melanesian, Polynesian, Micronesian, and New Guinean traditions, author Anne DAlleva explains the significance of these artworks by contextualizing them within each islands unique culture and practices. In the process, DAlleva examines the biases of both artists and Western viewers, telling an important history of both people and ideas through a detailed analysis of sculpture, paintings, textiles, dance, jewelry, and architecture. As these nations faced alternating periods of isolation, colonization, and contact with each other and the West, their forms of art were drastically altered to incorporate foreign influences and to develop autonomous identities and cultural independence.” (publisher’s description)

Pacific Language Weeks 2014

The 2014 Pacific Language Week line-up begins with Samoa language week in May and ends with Tokelau language week in early November.

Samoan Language Week

This years theme for Samoan Language week (25th – 31st May) is “Taofi mau i au measina”, “Hold fast to your treasures”.

Pacific language weeks provide a chance for Pacific language and culture to be promoted and maintained through song, dance, cultural displays, language debates, speech competitions, constitution celebrations and more.

This years Pacific Language Week programme is as follows;

Samoa Language Week: 25-31 May
Cook Islands Language Week: 4-10 August
Tonga Language Week: 1-7September
Tuvalu Language Week: 29 September-5 October
Fiji Language Week: 6-12 October
Niue Language Week: 13-19 October
Tokelau Language Week: 26 October-1 November

In support of this upcoming week of celebration of Samoan language and culture here are some of the resources available at Wellingon City Libraries.

Syndetics book coverGagana Sāmoa : a Samoan language coursebook / Galumalemana Afeleti Hunkin.
“Gagana Samoa is a modern Samoan language resource. Designed for both classroom and personal use, it features:a methodical approach suitable for all ages an emphasis on patterns of speech and communication through practice and examples10 practical dialogues covering everyday social situations an introduction to the wider culture of faasamoa through photographs more than 950 exercises to reinforce comprehensiona glossary of all Samoan words used in the coursebook oral skills supplemented by an optional CD. Galumalemana Afeleti Hunkin was born in Faleula, Western Samoa, in 1945. He became the foundation tutor of Samoan language and culture at the Pacific Islanders’ Educational Resource Centre, Auckland, in 1977. Four years later he was appointed director of the Wellington Multicultural Educational Resource Centre. He is now a senior lecturer in Samoan studies at Victoria University”. (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverSāmoan word book / Aumua Mataitusi Simanu and Luafata Simanu-Klutz ; illustrated by Regina Meredith Malala.
“Features beautifully illustrated vocabulary words, a pronunciation guide, and a glossary. Word categories include family, home, school, the body, opposites, numbers, nature, and time. Illustrations by Regina Meredith Malala bring terms to life. A cassette tape recorded by a native speaker is available.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Samoan picture dictionary / [illustrations by Dale Tutill]. “The Samoan Picture Dictionary is an excellent resource for people beginning to speak or write Samoan. It contains over 1000 commonly used words, and words needing further explanation are given in English and Samoan sentences to aid comprehension. Wordlists include parts of the body, telling the time, colours, numbers, days of the week and months of the year.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow do you say ‘thank you’? / Karamia Müller ; illustrations by Mark Paterson.
“Alofa and Filipo want to learn gagana Sāmoa so at bedtime they ask their parents how to say various things in the Samoan language”. Suggested level: junior.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverO le talo Sione / tusia e Lino Nelisi ; ‘o ata na tusia e Elspeth Williamson ; fa’a li liuina e A’oga Fa’a-Samoa.
“The story of Sione and his crops and the preparation of a feast, translated into Samoan. This children’s story has full page colour illustrations showing a happy group of people enjoying the generosity of their land.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSamoa / text by Sarona Aiono-Iosefa ; photographs by Noel Bartley.
“Introduces the history, geography, weather, flora and fauna, food, social structure, political history, religion, and the unique ceremonies of American Samoa and independent Samoa.” Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMea’ai Samoa : recipes and stories from the heart of Polynesia / Robert Oliver with Dr Tracy Berno and Shiri Ram.
“The cuisine, traditions and environment of Samoa presented in recipes, photographs and stories.” (Publisher information)

Syndetics book coverSamoan art and artists = O measina a Samoa / Sean Mallon.
“For almost 3,000 years, Samoans have selectively rejected, adapted, or appropriated influences within and outside their island group. Often not only the objects themselves are important but how they are used, so in order to understand the importance of each piece in Samoan society, Mallon provides ample cultural information. Contemporary artists describe their own work. The well-informed text is lavishly illustrated with early photographs, color photographs, and explicit diagrams.” (Abridged from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverʻO solo o sulatoga : ʻo le faʻatāuaina o measina a Sāmoa / Leʻautuliʻilagi Taotua Malaetā Faʻasapisapi Sauvao.
“O lenei tusi o Sulatoga ua vaevaeina i ituaiga fa’aaloaloga e sula ai le toga pa’ia a Samoa e pei o fa’aaloaloga i: ‘Ekalesia ma Fa’afeagaiga o Ifoga o Fa’aipoipoga Fa’aulufalega o Mafutaga ma Fa’alapotopotoga Maliu o Momoliga o se Faife’au o So’o se fa’aaloaloga o Solo e sula ai inati o sulatoga. ‘Ua iai le fa’anaunauga ‘o le a aoga tele lenei tusi mo i latou e fia fa’atinoina le sulatoga. E fa’apena foi ona aoga lenei tusi i faia’oga ‘o le Gagana Samoa, e fa’atino ai galuega tau gagana mo vasega. E aoga foi i so’o se tagata ‘olo’o fia maua atili le malamalama’aga i lenei foi tu ma aganu’u a Samoa.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTatau : Samoan tattoo, New Zealand art, global culture / photographs by Mark Adams ; [written by] Sean Mallon, Peter Brunt and Nicholas Thomas.
“Samoan tattoing, or tatau is an ancient Polynesian art tradition and rite of passage that reaches its most powerful expression in the full body male tattoo, the pe’a. Building on the internationally touring exhibition Tatau, this extraordinary series of images by leading photographer Mark Adams documents the story of tatau in the Pacific and its remarkable globalisation.” (Syndetics summary)

Pacific Advisory Group

Pacific Forum Poster The Pacific Advisory Group is a link between the Council and Wellington’s Pacific communities. It is designed to have representatives from Wellington’s seven main Pacific nation groups – Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Tonga.
The next Pacific Forum to discuss the Draft Annual Plan 2014/15, is on 24 February 2014, 5.00pm – 7.30pm at St Giles Presbyterian Church, 42 Kilbirnie Crescent.

New Pasefika Literature

Next year will mark the 40th anniversary since the puiblication of Albert Wendt‘s Sons for the return home and his name is now is now synonymous with Pasefika literature. The following is a list that covers the most recent examples of Pasefika literature in the library’s holdings. It is apt that the first two books are collections edited by Albert Wendt and the third is his most recent novel Vela.

Syndetics book coverWhetū moana : contemporary Polynesian poems in English / edited by Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri & Robert Sullivan.
“‘Whetu Moana’ is the first anthology of contemporary indigenous Polynesian poetry to be written in English and edited by Polynesians. The collection includes many well-known poets, together with lesser known, young poets. The collection reveals an active, varied and creative scene which confronts both a complex colonial past and a contemporary global present.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMauri ola : contemporary Polynesian poems in English / edited by Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan.
Mauri Ola is a fresh selection of poetry written over the last 25 years by writers and Polynesian poets scattered around the world. Many of the original Whetu Moana poets reappear – as well as the new voices of an exciting young generation. Energetic, courageous and vital, the poems in this anthology confront both a complex colonial past and a fast-moving global present, proving the creative energy and thriving well-being of Polynesian literature.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe adventures of Vela / Albert Wendt.
“Journey through the many stories and worlds of the immortal Vela – Vela, so red and ugly at birth they called him the Cooked; Vela the lonely admirer of pigs and the connoisseur of feet; Vela the lover of song maker Mulialofa the Boneman. Follow him down through the centuries on his travels, encountering the single-minded society of the Tagatanei and the Smellocracy of Olfact. Accompany him, too, as he recounts the stories of Lady Nafanua, the fearsome warrior queen, before whose powers Palagi priests and travelling chroniclers still bow down today.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe marriage proposal / Célestine Hitiura Vaite.
“Materena Mahi likes movies about love. And after fourteen years with Pito, the father of her three children, she wants a ring on her finger and a framed wedding certificate on the wall. Pito thinks that when you give a woman a ring and a wedding certificate she’s going to start acting like she’s the boss. “Eh,” he insists, “it’s the rope around the neck.”” “So when a drunken Pito finally proposes, Materena thinks she wouldn’t mind becoming a madame. Before long every relative is giving her advice and suddenly, she’s not even sure that she really wants that ring on her finger.” – (adapted from Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverIsland of shattered dreams / Chantal Spitz ; translated by Jean Anderson.
“Finally in English, Island of Shattered Dreams is the first ever novel by an indigenous Tahitian writer. In a lyrical and immensely moving style, this book combines a family saga and a doomed love story, set against the background of French Polynesia in the period leading up to the first nuclear tests. The text is highly critical of the French government, and as a result its publication in Tahiti was polarising.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBreadfruit : a novel / Ce͡lestine Vaite.
“When a drunken Pito proposes to Materena, she initially thinks it’s just the booze talking. As she nevertheless starts planning, she juggles everyday life only to have Pito act as though he’s forgotten his proposal.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe smell of the moon / Lemanatele M. Kneubuhl.
“This book isn’t Lord of the Rings, but it is a quest; and it’s not Roots, but it is a story about the difficult and joyous search for your origins; and it’s not Gilligan’s Island, but it is set on an island paradise. The Smell of the Moon celebrates a return to humanity, to family and community, to a place where your senses can live large … where you can smell the moon!” “In The Smell of the Moon American Samoan novelist Lemanatele M. Kneubuhl tests the sparkling waters of making bold life changes and he jumps into the deep end of the blue Pacific Ocean.” – (adapted from Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverFrangipani / Cʹelestine Hitiura Vaite.
“In Tahiti, some mothers say that daughters are a blessing, others say they are a curse. Materena, champion professional cleaner of the Mahi family and the best listener in all of Tahiti, is usually the one solving the problems. But right now she’s that close from throwing her daughter Leilani into the street. “It doesn’t matter what I do,” she confides to Mama Teta, to Cousin Rita, to Mama Loana and the Virgin Mary Understanding Woman, “it’s always the wrong thing. I’m going taravana!” And if that wasn’t enough, now there’s a boy on the horizon. Or so the relatives are saying…” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe mango’s kiss : a novel / by Albert Wendt.
“Love is never simple, though, and in this story of the struggles and passions of Pele and her family, it must adapt to the growing world that stretches out from village life in Samoa to the cities of Europe, America and New Zealand. And it must encompass the family’s links to the ancient gods of pre-missionary times and move through the turn of the nineteenth century, the First World War, the terrible Spanish Influenza Epidemic and beyond.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMeļaļ / Robert Barclay.
“On Good Friday, 1981, Rujen Keju and his two sons come face to face with their complicated inheritance-one that includes years of atomic testing and the continued military presence of the U.S. in the Pacific.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

They who do not grieve / Sia Figiel.
“Sia Figiel’s powerful, poetic skills weave together the voices of three generations from two families. Their dream worlds and realities intermingle, just as the histories of each genertation run through the next. At the centre of the novel is the Samoan women’s tattoo, the malu. The shame and grief of not completing the tattoo ceremony go hand in hand with the shame and grief of illicit love and broken promises.” – (adapted from Back cover)

Where we once belonged / by Sia Figiel.
“Fiction. A bestseller in New Zealand and winner of the prestigious Commonwealth Prize, Sia Figiel’s debut marks the first time a novel by a Samoan woman has been published in the United States. Figiel uses the traditional Samoan storytelling form of su’ifefiloi to talk back to Western anthropological studies on Samoan women and culture. Told in a series of linked episodes, this powerful and highly original narrative follows thirteen-year-old Alofa Filiga as she navigates the mores and restrictions of her village and comes to terms with her own search for identity. A story of Samoan PUBERTY BLUES, in which Gauguin is dead but Elvis lives on.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

King George Tupou V

King George Tupou V of the South Pacific nation of Tonga has died at the age of 63. Tonga is the last Polynesian monarchy, although the king was instrumental in bringing about democratic reform. He had been king since 2006. The following are featured books from some of our collection on Tonga and its history, focussing on the Tongan monarchy and the democratic changes that occured during the reign of King George Tupou V.

Syndetics book coverTonga’s way to democracy / Ian C. Campbell.
“In 2010 after more than a century of oligarchial government Tonga made the bold step to full parliamentary democracy, catching up with the rest of ther island Pacific. This book tells the story of that reform, of the long protest movement that preceded i and how the royal family abruptly espoused democracy.” – (Adapted from back cover)

Syndetics book coverIsland kingdom : Tonga ancient and modern / I.C. Campbell.
“Uniquely among the nations of the Pacific Islands, Tonga was never subject to direct European rule at any point in its history. Since the original settlement of the islands, Tongans have been masters of their archipelago, developing a distinctive and elegant culture. Amid rapid modernisation the ancient kingdom has survived.” – (Adapted from back cover)

Syndetics book coverQueen Salote of Tonga : the story of an era, 1900-1965 / Elizabeth Wood-Ellem.
“A biography of the queen. Her life is seen in the context of political, social and economic developments in Tonga. There is a detailed study of kinship and principles of hierarchy. 125 photographs are included. A glossary of Tongan words and phrases and an alphabetical list of people are provided. The work is based on the author’s doctoral thesis.” – (Syndetics summary)

The new friendly islanders : the Tonga of King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV / Kenneth Bain ; foreword by His Majesty King Taufa-Ahau Tupou IV!.
“A rounded and vivid picture emerges of an ancient South Seas island society of great character and special quality – yet under pressure for change, beset by factional debate and, some also fear, on the brink of popular unrest. So, while the people look critically at themselves and their institutions, Kenneth Bain asks what the future holds for Tongans as they approach the millennium.” – (Adapted from back cover)

New Pasefika music

Here are a few highlights:

99AD 99AD.
“There’s a lot to say about 99 A.D, the new album from New Zealand’s much loved hip-hop/R&B crew Nesian Mystik. The record is as welcoming as it is challenging, it’s uncompromisingly forward thinking rather than mired to the many successes of the group’s celebrated past and, in the words of rapper Feleti ‘Sabre’ Strickson-Pua, it is “completely fresh.” (Adapted from Amplifier.co.nz)

infatuatedInfatuated.
“Erakah’s appropriately titled debut album Infatuated. It’s a record that showcases not only her dazzling vocal ability but also her willingness to push the sonic boundaries and perceptions of what R&B can be and do.” (Amplifier.co.nz)

RiseandshineRise & shine.
“The Release of Rise And Shine marks the beginning of a new chapter for Adeaze, and the boys are excited to be back doing what they love best – making great music and putting on great shows. Adeaze have delivered a beautifully constructed album replete with songs of love, lost and found, and ultimately of hope. The last few months have seen Adeaze busy with the daily production and recording sessions for Rise And Shine. The first single Got My Girl For Life was delivered to radio in October 2010, and in February 2011 Adeaze followed that up with Broken Promises. The third single Paradise saw Adeaze bring together friends, family and local artists to sing with them. Adeaze wrote this song to encourage people, wherever they are at in their lives, to find their own paradise.” (Amplifier.co.nz)

New Pasefika books – coming soon

Our selectors have been busy – here are some ‘coming soon’ titles on Pasefika history and art:

Syndetics book coverWorlds apart : a history of the Pacific Islands.
“Journalists, travellers, business people and the general public have few paths to access specialised knowledge about the complex and changing ‘neighbourhood’ to New Zealand’s north and Australia’s northeast. Ian Campbell’s History of the Pacific Islands, first published in 1989, served this purpose for many years, and its successor, Worlds Apart, has proven to be equally serviceable, bringing into focus the past and present of this diverse and endlessly misunderstood region. This concise and readable narrative has now been revised to bring the story of the island world – from its first settlement by raft and canoe voyagers, through the period of western contact and acculturation – up to 2010. As with its earlier versions, this book has been written not for fellow academics, but for the many people who want to know ‘what happened’.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverPasefika : the festival of Pacific arts.
“Every four years since 1972, the Pacific Islands’ best dancers and cultural practitioners gather to perform. The Festival of Pacific Arts, as this amazing event is known, is a celebration unlike any other held in Oceania. The Festival is a two-week showcase of the finest dancers, singers, carvers and other cultural masters from across the Pacific. This book, the first published about the Festival of Pacific Arts, tells the story of the 10th Festival that was held in American Samoa in mid-2008. More than 2,000 cultural practitioners traveled to Tutuila Island for the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts. Hundreds of visitors from around the world, plus thousands of resident Samoans, gathered on the shores of Pago Pago Harbor to watch performance after performance. This book is the story of that special gathering of the best of the Pacific Islands.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverPacific art in detail / Jenny Newell.
“Pacific Art in Detail introduces the riches of Oceanic art through astonishing close-up views of rarely seen treasures, allowing behind-the-scenes insight into this vibrant work that no conventional gallery tour affords. Carefully selected pieces from the world-renowned Oceanic collection at the British Museum—by artists employing a wide variety of materials and techniques—illustrate such major themes as the role of artistic creation in land and ocean management, political and spiritual power, and connections to gods and ancestors.” (Amazon.com)