New Zealand and the Sea

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Frances Steel
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As a group of islands in the far south-west Pacific Ocean, New Zealand's history is steeped in the sea. Its people have encountered the sea in many different ways: along the coast, in port, on ships, beneath the waves, behind a camera, and in the realm of the imagination. While they have continually shaped and altered their marine environments, the ocean, too, has shaped their lives.

A multi-disciplinary work encompassing history, marine science, archaeology and visual culture, New Zealand and the Sea explores New Zealand's varied relationship with the sea, challenging the conventional view that history unfolds on land.

Leading and emerging scholars highlight the dynamic, ocean-centred history of these islands and their inhabitants, offering fascinating new perspectives on New Zealand's pasts.


Contents include: Introduction: New Zealand and the Sea - Frances Steel Part One: Horizons 1. Finding Tonganui: East Polynesian Seafaring and Migration to New Zealand - Atholl Anderson 2. Native Seas and Native Seaways: The Pacific Ocean and New Zealand - Damon Salesa 3. People, Nature and the Southern Ocean - Ben Maddison 4. Over the Ocean Foam: Migrant Voyages from Britain and Ireland - Angela McCarthy 5. Maritime Connections and the Colonisation of New Zealand - Tony Ballantyne 6. Taming the Migratory Divide - Peter Gilderdale Part Two: Lifeways 7. Humans and Marine Ecosystems: Insights from Large, Remote, Late-settled Islands - Alison MacDiarmid 8. Maori History as Maritime History: A View from The Bluff - Michael J. Stevens 9. Crew Cultures in the Tasman World - David Haines and Jonathan West 10. Waterfronts and Homes, 1900-1970 - Grace Millar 11. Maritime Masculinities - Chris Brickell Part Three: Edges 12. Living with the Beach: Representations of the Otago Coast - Douglas Booth 13. Cruises and the Making of Greater New Zealand - Frances Steel 14. Popular Imagination of the Sea: Magazines of the 1920s and 1930s - Susann Liebich 15. Catching the Wave: Marine Slides and Women's Amateur Photography - Julie Benjamin Epilogue: Wave after Wave - Jonathan Scott