Tag Archives: New Zealand

New website for “Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania”

Professor Margaret Jolly’s ARC Laureate Project Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania has a new website.* This project “addresses a profound and long-debated question about the historical interaction between Oceanic and western constructs of the person and contemporary controversies … Continue reading

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Connecting Moana: Oceania’s Universities take the lead in Pan-Pacific Online Course Delivery

by Dr Paul D’Arcy, History, CHL. [about this image*] For the last two years a quiet educational revolution with profound implications for education outreach and collaborative teaching and research has been taking place across the entire breadth of the Pacific Islands. The … Continue reading

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Key observations on the state of New Zealand’s aid strategy

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has released their ‘International Development Group [IDG]Strategic Plan 2012-2015 – Development that Delivers [pdf]‘, which complements and expands on the government’s ‘International Development Policy Statement [pdf]‘. The strategy sets out the vision, mission, areas of focus  and results for the government aid program, which IDG administers. There’s a lot to unpack. This blog covers a few overarching observations. The Strategy is […] Continue reading

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Welcome, Lindsay Cameron!

Lindsay Cameron is a new PhD student in the School of Culture, History and Language. He currently lives in Melbourne and drives to Canberra once a month for campus events and library research. His research topic is “The Convergence of … Continue reading

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A fair indictment of Australia’s Pacific policy?

Professor Wadan Narsey is an Adjunct Professor at The Cairns Institute.
Jonathan Schultz’s recently completed PhD thesis, Overseeing and Overlooking: Australian Engagement with the Pacific Islands 1988-2007, presents a somewhat scathing indictment of A… Continue reading

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Karina Taylor and the ANU’s Pacific Research Archives

by Assoc. Prof. Chris Ballard, Pacific History, ANU. Karina Taylor, the archivist for the ANU’s Pacific Research Archives (PRA) since its inception in February 2007, is leaving us for an exciting position at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, New … Continue reading

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Disaster relief for Samoa and Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Evan

The New Zealand NGO Disaster Relief Forum (NDRF) maintains a list of NGOs actively involved in assisting with emergency relief efforts in the region. Please visit the NDRF site to find out how you may contribute to disaster relief this … Continue reading

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Conference: The South Pacific Agenda for Survival and Growth: A Framework for Coordinated Participation of Asian Donors?

11-13 December 2012, Port Vila, Vanuatu. “The New Zealand Asia Institute of the University of Auckland has partnered with the Pacific Institute of Public Policy to host guest speakers and academics from the Pacific, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Australia … Continue reading

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PhD positions for Pacific research project (Massey University)

Two PhD positions are offered as part of the Marsden-funded project, “Harnessing the power of business: the contested involvement of corporations in community development initiatives in the Pacific” [read about other Marsden Fund Pacific-related research in this earlier post to … Continue reading

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Welcome… and congratulations, Dr James Flexner!

Dr James Flexner will be joining the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the ANU early in 2013, where he will be a postdoctoral fellow. James recently received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council … Continue reading

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Books to PNG: Professional library of the late Malcolm Levett (1949-2010)

Dr Mike Bourke (SSGM, ANU) and Dr Mike Cookson (ANU Pacific Institute) have just sent another consignment of books to PNG. This shipment consisted of approx. 300 kg of books, many from the professional collection of the late Malcolm Levett … Continue reading

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ESfO 2012 and PHA 2012

The European Society for Oceania (ESfO 2012) and Pacific History Association (PHA 2012) held their bi-annual conferences last week on opposite ends of the world (in Bergen, Norway and Wellington, New Zealand, respectively).  From early reports, both conferences were very … Continue reading

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Pacific languages expert resigns as NZ government advisor

“One of the region’s most senior experts on Pacific languages has resigned from the advisory council to New Zealand’s Minister of Pacific Island Affairs. Galumalemana Hunkin… stepped down saying New Zealand’s latest Pasifica Education Plan is ignoring the needs and wishes … Continue reading

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Talanoa Oceania 2012 (conference report)

Conference Report by Dr Roannie Ng Shiu and Nacanieli Rika, Co-Convenors of Talanoa Oceania 2012. The 5th Talanoa Oceania conference was held in Canberra from 9-10 November. Talanoa Oceania in Canberra and the Australian National University (ANU) Pacific Institute and … Continue reading

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New guides for Pacific island agricultural exports

A set of six new exporting guides for Pacific Islands agriculture exporters have been released today. The guides are the result of a joint project between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Pacific Islands Trade … Continue reading

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