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Artist in residence

Professor Brij Lal (ANU) in full flight during his keynote address to our recent research symposium.

On 5 June Professor Paul Millar, Head of HACA, and Associate Professor Lyndon Fraser, Acting Co-ordinator of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, welcomed visitors from India, Australia and Fiji to the research symposium ‘Health, Migration and Labour in The South Pacific’.

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Emily Laing

Cheaper power options for Pacific nations studied

A University of Canterbury researcher is investigating project management issues relating to development projects that provide cheaper power options for Pacific island nations.

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News and Events


The Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies is pleased to announce the establishment of Marsden-funded to support Master’s thesis students who are undertaking research related to regional security in the Pacific in 2015. Potential applicants should read the terms and regulations for these awards on the Scholarships page of our web site.

2015 Courses in Pacific Studies

For all PACS courses enquiries, please contact Kirsty Ameriks, phone: +64 3 364 2899, fax: +64 365 2977, email: kirsty.ameriks@canterbury.ac.nz


Research Associate

Kathy Foi is joint Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and Department of History visiting scholar from 16 August to 1 September. Kathy is writing her MA thesis at University of the South Pacific on History. Her research is on Twomey hospital (patients and their treatment esp with the introduction of MDT). Her other area of interest is Catholic History in Fiji. Kathy’s father did part of his medical training on Makogai and worked with the Twomey patients from 1989 – 2003. While visiting UC Kathy will be conducting research and helping in identifying and cataloging artifacts and images from the Pacific Leprosy Foundation Archive held in the Macmillan Brown Library. On 28 August, Kathy will also be presenting at the UC Pacific Development Group's 'Pasifika Research Symposium' a talanoa (story) on the experience of leprosy patients on Makogai Island Fiji. For more information on her presentation please see: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/pacificstudents/symposium/index.shtml


Winding Up The British Empire in the Pacific Islands

Professor W. David McIntyre (Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies) has published Winding Up The British Empire in the Pacific Islands (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

This important study forms part of the Companion Series to the Oxford History of the British Empire.

The book highlights the impact of ‘international anti-colonialism’ on British policy in the Pacific’s ‘grand transition’ and considers the roles played by Australia and New Zealand. McIntyre argues that the ‘death warrant’ of Empire took place much later than previously thought: a Heath government review in 1973 ‘promoted accelerated decolonization which was brought to fruition by the later Callaghan and Thatcher governments’.