Niu Voices

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Huia Publishers, 2006 - Fiction - 220 pages
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Niu Voices: Contemporary Pacific Fiction 1 is a collection of poetry, short stories and novel extracts by selected Pacific writers, edited by Dr. Selina Tusitala Marsh, lecturer in English at the University of Auckland.

Niu, the life-giving coconut of Pacific nations, has become symbolic of many styles that are growing in Aotearoa New Zealand, but rooted in island soils. These Pacific influences flavour creativity and strengthen the fibre of Pacific cultures and customs as lived in this new/niu context. The coconut juice of the works in this collection is deeply infused with local tastes and flavours.

From serene island settings to the dusty streets of urban tropics, this collection spans island memories of these descendants of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawai'i, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Wallis and Futuna. They tell stories of New Zealand homes, of love, relationships and identity.

 

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Contents

Philip Siataga Fugue Extract
13
Selina Tusitala Marsh Afakasi pours herself afa cuppa coffee
29
Karlo Mila An educated perspective
49
Daren Kamali Pacific Migration
65
Zora FeiloMakapa Nukututaha
81
Tusiata Avia
93
Tusiata Avia Nafanua and the religious police
94
Philomena
101
Janice Hybee Ikiua
135
Tim Page
145
Florence FaumuinaAiono
153
Douglas Poole
165
Leilani Burgoyne
171
Jason Greenwood
177
Chris Baker
183
Sia Figiel
195

Eds Dilemma
109
Mua StricksonPua
117
Christina Tuapola
123
Aaron Taouma
129
Tulia Thompson
203
The Authors
209
Afterword
217
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