The Future of Tokelau: Decolonising Agendas, 1975-2006

Author(s): Judith Huntsman


The Future of Tokelau is a sequel to Judith Huntsman and Antony Hooper's Tokelau: A Historical Ethnography (1997), and follows the history of that small Pacific nation from the 1970s up to the recent referendum in which Tokelauans decisively voted against independence. This is an extraordinary story - a dramatic narrative - sometimes taking place under the palm trees of far-away Tokelau, sometimes in the bland offices of New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, sometimes in the monumental UN building in New York. Officials and politicians and Tokelau elders all play their role and the repeated clash of cultures leads to comic, bizarre and often disturbing outcomes. While this is a superbly researched study of the politics of a small state in a modern world, it is also an illuminating picture of MFAT, its operations and relationships, and a brilliant critique of the United Nations and the way it conducts its affairs. Published August 2007.

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Judith Huntsman is an honorary professorial research fellow in Social Anthropology at The University of Auckland and a world expert on the history and anthropology of Tokelau. She is currently the editor of the Journal of the Polynesian Society. Kelihiano Kalolo is the director of the Tokelau Campus of the University of the South Pacific, at Atafu; between 1998 and 2004 he was either Tokelau's Director of Education or a member of the Modern House of Tokelau Project team.

Preface/Introduction; Chapter 1: Preamble-1960 to 1974; Chapter 2: The Ministry Takes Charge; Chapter 3: Maopoopo Compromised: The Tokelau Public Service; Chapter 4: Pule 'authority': Political roles and Institutions; Chapter 5: Te Lumanaki o Tokelau/ 'The Future of Tokelau': Tokelau, New Zealand and The United Nations; Chapter 6: A Tokelau National Government: The First Sesign; Chapter 7: A New House for Tokelau: The Second Design; Chapter 8: Aiming Towards Self-determination: 2003-06; Conclusion; Index

General Fields

  • : 9781869403980
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : September 2007
  • : 240mm X 170mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Judith Huntsman
  • : Paperback
  • : illustrated edition
  • : 300
  • : illustations