Anticolonialism and the politics of friendship in new zealand’s pacific

Nicholas Hoare*

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    Leela Gandhi demonstrates that friendship is the lost trope in anticolonial thought. Following Gandhi, this article highlights a series of cross-cultural friendships between mostly Pakeha metropolitan dissidents in New Zealand and Pacific Island anticolonial actors in the early to mid-twentieth century. In doing so, this article sheds new light on the well-trodden histories of interwar resistance in Samoa (the Mau) and post-World War II agitation in the Cook Islands (the CIPA). While the symbolic act of cross-cultural, anticolonial friendship may have done much to undermine New Zealand’s colonial artifice, it was not enough to guarantee that disaffected Indigenous voices would be adequately heard.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)540-558
    Number of pages19
    JournalHistory Australia
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018


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