Island Time

Island Time

New Zealand's Pacific Futures

The task of living in modern New Zealand – and especially in modern Auckland – is not just to understand how to live with different peoples, but how to adapt to the future that has already happened.

New Zealand is a nation that exists on Pacific Islands, but does not, will not, perhaps cannot, see itself as a Pacific Island nation. Yet turning to the Pacific, argues Damon Salesa, enables us to grasp a fuller understanding of what life is really like on these shores.

After all, Salesa argues, in many ways New Zealand’s Pacific future has already happened. Setting a course through the ‘islands’ of Pacific life in New Zealand – Ōtara, Tokoroa, Porirua, Ōamaru and beyond – he charts a country becoming ‘even more Pacific by the hour’. What would it mean, this far-sighted book asks, for New Zealand to recognise its Pacific talent and finally act like a Pacific nation?

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Ebook publication:
Pages: 256
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9781988533537
DOI: 10.7810/9781988533537

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'There are many deep-seated truths in Island Time, an honest and bold account with the resounding echo that Pacific peoples “walk a unique path” and reaffirms that Pacific peoples have a rightful place at the table....Island Time is a treasure, a piecing together of invaluable teachings and insight.'
- Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, 'Book review: Damon Salesa, Island Time: New Zealand’s Pacific Futures', AlterNative, March 2018, pp.1-2.

'Island time is a sociological overview of Pacific Islanders in Aoteroa by historian Damon Salesa. Known for debunking myths and stereotypes of the Pacific experience in the land of milk and honey, ‘Island Time’ is one of the few academic works that peels back the layers of modern Pacific living.'
Pasifika Books to Note, The Coconet