Performing 'New Zealand': Maori and Pakeha Delegates at the Pan-Pacific Women's Conference, Hawai'i, 1934

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Title Performing 'New Zealand': Maori and Pakeha Delegates at the Pan-Pacific Women's Conference, Hawai'i, 1934
Author Paisley, Fiona Kerr
Journal Name New Zealand Journal of History
Editor Caroline Daley and Deborah Montgomerie
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Auckland, NZ
Publisher University of Auckland
Abstract In 1934, two Maori women attended the Pan-Pacific Women's Conference in Hawai'i as members of the New Zealand delegation. They became figures of renown, considered to personify the interracial harmony supposedly existing in New Zealand, and were admired as cross-cultural ambassadors between Pakeha and Hawai'ian royalty, and between Pakeha and other white, 'western' delegates. As such, they epitomized the cultural internationalist ideal of these conferences. Yet while cross-cultural exchange was to provide the basis for harmonious interracial relations in the Pacific region, the involvement of Maori delegates in the performance of cultural difference and cultural sameness (as both traditional and modern women) points to a more complex dynamic between 'culture' and notions of progress than the Pan-Pacific association envisaged. Drawing on a diary kept by a leading Pakeha delegate, this paper offers a critical reading of the significance of the Maori delegates to the 1934 conference.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/vol38no1april
Volume 38
Issue Number 1
Edition April
Page from 22
Page to 38
ISSN 0028-8322
Date Accessioned 2005-03-29
Date Available 2010-08-30T07:03:35Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-History: Other
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/5001
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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