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New Zealand: “more Pacific by the hour”

This Saturday, in the latest of the BWB Winter Series, Damon Salesa asks, “What would it mean for New Zealand to act like a Pacific Island nation?”

The free public talk on Saturday 7 July from 2:00 to 3:00pm, at Te Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, is based on the Michael King Memorial Lecture Damon Salesa (above) delivered to a standing-room-only audience at the Auckland Writers Festival in May.

It sets a course through the ‘islands’ of Pacific life in New Zealand – Ōtara, Porirua, Tokoro, Ōamaru and beyond, as Salesa envisions a country becoming “more Pacific by the hour”.

He challenges us to embrace our Pacific talent – because the future of this country is Pacific whether we are ready or not.

A Samoan born and raised in Glen Innes, Damon Salesa is a scholar of Pacific politics, history, technology culture and society. His work includes the prizewinning book Racial Crossings and the BWB Text Island Time: New Zealand’s Pacific Futures.

He is University Director of Pacific Strategy and Engagement and Associate Professor of Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland, and is currently completing a Marsden Research Project on technological social and cultural change in Samoa.

This event is part of the third year of the BWB Winter Series bringing BWB’s authors and ideas to towns nationwide.

More details on the BWB website and Facebook page.