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Pacific History

By | Copyright Year:2018 | ISBN-13: 9780170368162

Pacific History presents to New Zealand students significant events and issues in Pacific history. Each context includes contested events that have impacted on the people in the Pacific and shaped their place in the modern world. These issues stimulate inquiry and enable students to achieve excellence. Pacific History contains engaging primary sources, a wide range of activities to engage all learners and historiography.

Author Nick Fitness travelled to these islands, met local historians, visited local museums, searched archives and historical sites, to obtain the sources and first-hand information - discovering rarely seen photos and primary documents.


1. Tonga: Conversion and Unification
2. Hawai’i: Revolution and Annexation by the United States of America
3. Niue: New Zealand’s Annexation
4. Sāmoa: The Civil Wars and the Mau Movement
5. Vanuatu: The Santo Rebellion
6. New Caledonia: The Civil Wards
7. Fiji: From Cession to Coup d’état.
8. Pasifika in New Zealand: Migration, Dawn Raids and the Polynesian Panther Movement


Brent Coutts is Head of the Faculty of Social Science at Baradene College of the Sacred Heart. In 2007 he received the Janet Erskine Stuart Award to study non-violent resistance to occupation in the West Bank in Palestine, and in 2009 he was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand Teaching Fellowship. In 2015 he facilitated a Shared Histories research project to commemorate the First World War between history students in Auckland and Chauny, France, focused on conscientious objectors and those soldiers who refused to fight or mutinied. This project led to an historical exhibition in France and New Zealand, as well as a book being published. In 2017 he was awarded a position on an Asia-NZ Foundation workshop in South Korea.

Nicholas Fitness is the Head of Faculty Social Sciences at Woodford House. In 2016, whilst teaching in Auckland, he was awarded the Waiheke High School Board of Trustees Scholarship to travel to the Pacific and undertake research for this text. He travelled to museums, archives, historical sites, met local historians and carried out interviews.


A series of relevant and interesting case studies that are explored in depth

Clear discussion on important issues that influenced people

A detailed narrative of events

Key ideas concisely outlined throughout the book

Useful words, resources and primary sources

A range of activities to engage all learners


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