The Meeting Place

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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 147.32 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Auckland University Press
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • English
  • 1869405943
  • 9781869405946
  • 860,268

About Vincent O'Malley

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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Review quote

"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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Table of contents

Table of Contents -- Acknowledgements -- List of Abbreviations -- 1. Introduction -- 2. First Encounters -- 2.1 Becoming Maori, becoming Pakeha -- 2.2 Before the middle ground - Tasman and the time of mutual incomprehension -- 2.3 Cross-cultural travels: Cook, Banks and Tupaia in Aotearoa -- 2.4 The French connection: Jean-Francois Marie de Surville in Tai Tokerau -- 2.5 The tribe of Marion': Marion du Fresne's bloody encounter -- 3. Strangers Landing in Strange Lands -- 3.1 Kawana Kingi and the Norfolk Island connection -- 3.2 A native abroad: Savage and Moehanga -- 3.3 A tragic liaison: George Bruce and Atahoe -- 3.4 Deepsea whalers and Maori -- 3.5 Clashing cultures: the burning of the Boyd -- 3.6 A regal visit: Hongi Hika in London and the aftermath -- 3.7 Kupe's journe -- 4. On the Middle Ground: Maori and Pakeha, c. 1814-1840 -- 4.1 Importing missionaries: Ruatara and Marsden -- 4.2 The missionary challenge -- 4.3 Saving souls abroad: Tuai and Titere in England -- 4.4 Southern sealers and whalers -- 4.5 Middle New Zealand: early interactions in the Cook Strait region and further north -- 4.6 Jumping ship: further European settlement in the north -- 4.7 Learning to get along with one another: the nature of Maori and Pakeha relationships before 1840 -- 5. Trading Relationships: The Commercial Frontier -- 5.1 Commerce and gift exchange -- 5.2 Trade and agriculture -- 5.3 Selling services -- 5.4 New wants and needs -- 5.5 Ownership and use rights -- 5.6 'Tuku whenua' and land dealings -- 6. Sex on the Frontier -- 6.1 Sex and sailors -- 6.2 The sexual politics of the frontier -- 7. Subverting Conversion? Religious Encounters -- 7.1 Understanding Maori 'conversion' -- 7.2 A unique form of Christianity? -- 7.3 Tapu and other customs -- 8. The Political World of Aotearoa before 1840 -- 8.1 The evolving role of rangatira in the pre-Waitangi era -- 8.2 Taua muru -- 8.3 Runanga and komiti -- 8.4 A dying people? 9. The Impact of Cultural Encounter on the New Zealand Frontier -- 10. The End of the Middle Ground, c. 1840-1860 -- Notes -- Bibliography.

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