The Meeting Place: Maori and Pakeha Encounters, 1642-1840

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An account focusing on the encounters between the Maori and Pakeha—or European settlers—and the process of mutual discovery from 1642 to around 1840, this New Zealand history book argues that both groups inhabited a middle ground in which neither could dictate the political, economic, or cultural rules of engagement. By looking at economic, religious, political, and sexual encounters, it offers a strikingly different picture to traditional accounts of imperial Pakeha power over a static, resistant Maori society. ...

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Overview

An account focusing on the encounters between the Maori and Pakeha—or European settlers—and the process of mutual discovery from 1642 to around 1840, this New Zealand history book argues that both groups inhabited a middle ground in which neither could dictate the political, economic, or cultural rules of engagement. By looking at economic, religious, political, and sexual encounters, it offers a strikingly different picture to traditional accounts of imperial Pakeha power over a static, resistant Maori society. With fresh insights, this book examines why mostly beneficial interactions between these two cultures began to merge and the reasons for their subsequent demise after 1840.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Indeed an ideal companion for students to the more standard treaty ‘texts’ and for the general reader with a genuine interest in the unique foundations of bi-cultural relations in Aotearoa New Zealand today.” —Mana Magazine on The Treaty of Waitangi Companion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781869405946
  • Publisher: Auckland University Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Vincent O’Malley is a Pakeha New Zealander, the author of Agents of Autonomy: Maori Committees in the Nineteenth Century, and the coauthor of The Beating Heart: A Political and Socio-Economic History of Te Arawa. He is also the a coeditor of The Treaty of Waitangi Companion: Maori and Pakeha from Tasman to Today.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

List of Abbreviations viii

1 Introduction 1

2 First Encounters 11

Becoming Maori, becoming Pakeha 12

Before the middle ground - Tasman and the time of mutual incomprehension 14

Cross-cultural travels: Cook, Banks and Tupaia in Aotearoa 19

The French connection: Jean-François Marie de Surville in Tai Tokerau 29

"The tribe of Marion': Marion du Fresne's bloody encounter 31

3 Strangers Landing in Strange Lands 38

Kawana Kingi and the Norfolk Island connection 39

A native abroad: Savage and Moehanga 50

A tragic liaison: George Bruce and Atahoe 55

Deepsea whalers and Maori 57

Clashing cultures: the burning of the Boyd 61

A regal visit: Hongi Hika in London and the aftermath 63

Kupe's journey 65

4 On the Middle Ground 70

Importing missionaries: Ruatara and Marsden 71

The missionary challenge 78

Saving souls abroad: Tuai and Titere in England 83

Southern sealers and whalers 87

Middle New Zealand: early interactions in the Cook Strait region and further north 93

Jumping ship: further European settlement in the north 98

Learning to get along with one another: the nature of Maori and Pakeha relationships before 1840 102

5 Trading Relationships: The Commercial Frontier 110

Commerce and gift exchange 112

Trade and agriculture 122

Selling services 130

New wants and needs 133

Ownership and use rights 142

'Tuku whenua' and land dealings 146

6 Sex on the Frontier 148

Sex and sailors 149

The sexual politics of the frontier 158

7 Subverting Conversion? Religious Encounters 162

Understanding Maori 'conversion' 162

A unique form of Christianity? 169

Tapu and other customs 185

8 The Political World of Aotearoa before 1840 195

The evolving role of rangatira in the pre-Waitangi era 195

Taua muru 203

Runanga and komiti 208

A dying people? 210

9 The Impact of Cultural Encounter on the New Zealand Frontier 215

10 The End of the Middle Ground 228

Notes 233

Bibliography 262

Index 277

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