The Relationship of the Maori with Antarctica - A Critical Review
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Eldon Best (1923, p.27) describes Maori: "Their love of travel is innate; they are born sailors, and have invaded and conquered in many directions....are born Sailors and rovers - the sea is their home.” (Best, E. 1923) Best illustrates that Maori have a history of exploring and travelling. This review attempts to investigate Maori connections within Antarctica's history to establish where Maori youth pursuing Antarctic interests can connect and identify with. Due to knowledge being passed down by oral tradition within the Maori culture this review tries to consolidate what little literature may be available for future reference. It highlights common themes such as oppression, discrimination, biculturalism and whaling and as such a lot of the literature is a reflection of the times in which they were written and could have been an impediment on Maori involvement on relationships with the Antarctic. It also shows that when papers and books were written reference to New Zealand is always assumed to include Maori with no need to differentiate between ethnicities until it becomes a criminal issue in which case the dissociation is made certain. (Dodds & Yusoff, 2005., Dannette, 2010). Specific Maori are commented on for a key relationship played or either for commendable traits demonstrated in an effort to share with Maori today in the hope of increasing Maori involvement within New Zealand Antarctic society, and acknowledge the successes of Maori thus far. If anything it re-iterates what some already know and to educate what more should know as a part of New Zealand history, to get more Maorithinking about their concern for New Zealand's relationship with Antarctica.
- Literature Reviews