New Flags Flying: Pacific Leadership
Between 1960 and 1990, Australia, Britain, New Zealand and the USA decided to leave most of the islands they'd ruled for a hundred years. As they prepared to go, a handful of brave Pacific people - teachers, doctors, priests, chiefs, trade unionists - had to overcome exploitation... read full description below.
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From 1960 to 1990, islands across the Pacific gained independence or self-government. In the years following this, Ian Johnstone and Michael Powles interviewed the Pacific people in key leadership positions in the lead-up to and achievement of independence, many of whom became well-known in the Pacific and more widely. This book presents a nation-by-nation history of this change from being colonial subjects to citizens of Pacific nations from the point of view of the leaders involved. Accompanied by maps, photographs and background information about the Pacific nations, the book explores the leaders' views on independence and the process of gaining it. The accompanying CD contains excerpts from the interviews.
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Ian Johnstone is a former East West Center Senior Jefferson Fellow and has reported on South Pacific matters for the South Pacific Commission, TVNZ, Radio New Zealand, UNESCO and print media. He was a foundation member of the Pacific Islands News Association and served on the board of New Zealand's Pacific Co-operation Foundation. He has also produced, written and presented award-winning television documentaries. Michael Powles is a former New Zealand high commissioner to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu. He has been responsible for Pacific affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was deputy secretary. He was founding Chair of the Pacific Co-operation Foundation. He writes and lectures on international relations and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.