PUBLISHED: Maori and Samoans, one and the same
The Journal of Pacific History has just published a paper revealing new information on the historical ties between Maori and Samoans. Titled, Ta‘isi O.F. Nelson and Sir Maui Pomare Samoans and Māori Reunited it is the culmination of a research conducted by Assoc Professor Patricia O’Brien.
Her paper uncovers new and deeper reasons for the support given by Sir Maui Pomare to Samoa’s non-violent movement to independence in the early 20th century. That the joint efforts by Maori and Samoans to an independent Samoa was based on more than the pure friendship Sir Maui developed with Mau movement leader, Ta’isi O.F. Nelson.
In his 26th of July 1927 speech to New Zealand’s parliament, Sir Maui stated: “Ethnologically and genealogically the Maoris and the Samoans are one people. The Maoris can trace themselves right back to Samoans. That is not doubted.”
Sir Maui knew that the Maori and Samoans were more than friends. They were one and the same.
The paper by Prof O’Brien traces and examines the role of the friendship between Sir Maui and Ta’isi Nelson. It was first read publically at Sir Maui’s Memorial in 2013 and a feature written by the writer detailed the occasion.
For Maori and Samoans interested, full paper access (free download for first 30 days from 23 June) is outlined below. Also note the $110 fee after 30-day free period goes direct to publisher and not the author.
This paper unearths the friendship between Samoan nationalist leader Ta‘isi Olaf Frederick Nelson and Māori politician Sir Maui Pomare during the early period of New Zealand’s administration of Samoa.
It examines the role this friendship played – especially as a line of communication between the Samoan protest movement or Mau, of which Nelson was a leader, and the highest echelons of the New Zealand government – in tho se years of fraught relations between Samoa and New Zealand.
It also explores the significant historical connections that were made, or remade, through this friendship. The relationship between these two men brought Polynesian peoples together in new ways and also directly linked Parihaka, a 19th-century Māori community known for its non-violent resistance against European colonialism, with the later Samoan Mau.
To access the paper follow this link: Ta‘isi O.F. Nelson and Sir Maui Pomare Samoans and Māori Reunited – The Journal of Pacific History –