Author(s): Marcia Stenson
The South Pacific is not only our geographic environment, it is also our cultural environment, and many New Zealanders trace their ancestry to Polynesian seafarers. This book is an introduction to the history of the South Pacific. A companion book to Illustrated History of New Zealand, also written by Marcia Stenson, it covers the following topics: geology and geography, the arrival of the first people to the Pacific, European exploration, war in the Pacific, political issues both historic and current.There is also specific information on these island groups: Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and the Polynesian outliers.
Winner of New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Non-Fiction Award 2007 and New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Children's Book of the Year 2007. Shortlisted for LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Elsie Locke Award 2007.
Marcia Stenson is the author of Illustrated History of New Zealand. She has been a secondary school History teacher and a Deputy-Principal, and she has written a number of books including the classic The Story of New Zealand.