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The South Pacific is not only our geographic environment, it is also our cultural environment, and many New Zealanders trace their ancestry to Polynesian seafarers. This book is an introduction to the history of the South Pacific. A companion book to Illustrated History of New Zealand, also written by Marcia Stenson, it covers the following topics: geology and geography, the arrival of the first people to the Pacific, European exploration, war in the Pacific, political issues both historic and current.There is also specific information on these island groups: Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and the Polynesian outliers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781869417185
ISBN-10: 1869417186
Format: Paperback
(297mm x 211mm x 7mm)
Pages: 112
Imprint: Random House New Zealand Ltd
Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd
Publish Date: 5-May-2006
Country of Publication: New Zealand

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Author Biography - Marcia Stenson

Marcia Stenson is the author of Illustrated History of New Zealand. She has been a secondary school History teacher and a Deputy-Principal, and she has written a number of books including the classic The Story of New Zealand.