Polynesians in Auckland
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Citation:Austin, M. (2006). Polynesians in Auckland. McMinn, T., Stephens, J., and Basson, S. (Eds), Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand XXIII Annual Conference. Fremantle, Australia. pp 16-18.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2170
This paper compares some recent films set in the contested terrains of Auckland - sometimes called the biggest Polynesian city. The film Once Were Warriors depicts the violence and despair of Maori life in the outer suburbs. Two more recent films (No 2 and Sione's Wedding) focus on Pacific Island immigrants and introduce a new complexity into the usual discussion of settler versus indigenous, or brown versus white. It is possible to see these films as a reading of the occupation of the house and suburb through Pacific Island eyes, and this is contrasted with the depiction of housing in the Pacific Island Design Guide - a Government publication. There is, in the films, a certain acceptance and right of occupation of the fabric of the city which exposes the European norms that have shaped it.