The Meeting Place

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

By (author) Vincent O'Malley


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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. 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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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 147.32 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • 27 Sep 2012
  • Auckland University Press
  • Auckland
  • English
  • 1869405943
  • 9781869405946
  • 1,291,327

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Author Information

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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"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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