Faculty of Arts


Growing up "Ethnic" in New Zealand


This course will explore the complex issues of growing up as an ethnic member, a bi/multicultural person and how these dual or multiple identities affect and/or interact with an individual’s behaviours, priorities, social relationships and the concept of self. The concept of intra-ethnic identity will also be explored. The focus will be on New Zealand-born Pacific ethnic issues, however to achieve a broad understanding of ethnic issues, part of the course will use a cross-cultural perspective in which materials about other minority ethnic groups and inter-ethnic relations in New Zealand will be examined. Case studies from other countries provide comparative global perspectives. Special emphasis will be given to class discussions, creative writing and exchange of viewpoints.

Availability 2012

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Melani Anae


Polynesian Panthers: The Crucible years 1971-74, Anae/Iuli/Burgoyne (Eds), Auckland: Reeds publishers.

Jade Taniwha: Maori-Chinese Identity and Schooling in Aotearoa. Auckland:Rautaki Ltd. 2007.

These will be supplemented by a Coursebook of readings which will be provided

Recommended Reading

Macpherson, C., Spoonley, P., Anae, M. (eds.) 2001. Tangata O Te Moana Nui: Evolving identities of Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press, pp. 325.

Making Our Place: Growing up PI in NZ, Fairbairn Dunlop, P., Makisi, G. (Eds) Palmerston North: Dunmore Press, 2003.


Coursework only


PACIFIC 300: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in Pacific Studies



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