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IPS Publications is delighted to announce the release of THREE! new titles (scroll down):


A Personal Perspective:

The Speeches of Joni Madraiwiwi



Joni Madraiwiwi


(Compiled & edited by Wendy Tubman)


Joni Madraiwiwi, Roko Tui Bau, former High Court Judge, ex-Vice President of Fiji and currently practicing Suva lawyer, is well-known and highly respected as a public speaker whose deeply considered, often provocative, yet always engaging addresses seek to build bridges, challenge stereotypes and 'encourage his audience to reflect on the issues as part of the process of nation-building'.


In this first compilation of his speeches, Joni Madraiwiwi offers a personal perspective on issues as varied as electoral systems, regionalism, HIV/AIDS, human rights, reconciliation, corruption, teacher-training, the environment, industrial relations, spirituality, wage levels and poetry; and eulogizes some of those that he regards as heroes of our time.

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Red Wave:

Space, Process, and Creativity at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture


Katherine Higgins

On a hill overlooking the ocean at a University of the South Pacific campus in Suva, Fiji, three roofs bend and curve into each other over an open space. Within this 'haven of idealists', this 'human reserve', as Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi describes it in his introduction to the book, dancers and musicians as well as artists of the Red Wave Collective explore the interface of traditional and contemporary forms of creativity.

Red Wave author Katherine Higgins spent time working and talking with artists from Red Wave Collective, and with its inspirational founder and muse, Epeli Hau'ofa. Woven among the work, thought and stories of thirteen members of the Collective whose works illuminate this volume, is a quiet and thoughtful exploration of the role and nature of contemporary art in the Pacific. But mostly, there is the art.

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Legends, Traditions & Tales of Nauru


Timothy Detudamo

In a fast globalizing world, group histories, traditions and memories, especially of smaller countries, are at risk of being lost. In 1938, Head Chief Timothy Detudamo had the foresight to transcribe and then translate a series of lectures relating to the legends, customs and tales of Nauru, delivered by what he termed 'native teachers'.

Seventy years later, in line with its aim of ensuring that the historic and contemporary 'voice' of the Pacific is heard on the world stage, IPS Publications is pleased to make them more widely available in this volume.

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Latest Releases
Asia in the Pacifc Islands: Replacing the West
Asia in the Pacifc Islands: Replacing the West
Price: US$49.00

A spectacular transition is underway in the Pacific Islands, as a result of which all our lives will be radically different. In the last fifty years or so, Asia has begun to play a bigger and bigger role in all aspects of  Islands life – it is replacing the West.

With his trademark breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of the region, based on over half a century of experience, study and deliberation, Ron Crocombe documents the early connections between Asia and the Pacific, details recent and continuing changes, and poses challenging theories about the future.

Hard cover edition available for $59.

Democracy & Custom in Samoa: An uneasy alliance
Democracy & Custom in Samoa: An uneasy alliance
Price: US$30.00

Sāmoa became an independent state on 1 January 1962. In moving toward independence, Sāmoans made it clear that they wanted a political structure based on custom and tradition. Yet, the draft constitution adopted implied that Sāmoans also sought a democratic political system. The post-independence period demonstrated the practical difficulty of reconciling the two – both of which are provided for in Sāmoa’s constitution.


In Democracy and Custom in Sāmoa: An uneasy alliance, author Asofou So’o examines the co-existence of the two systems of governance. He concludes that, while there has been significant progress towards the realization of democracy – with both positive and negative impacts on indigenous institutions and their associated values and practices –that progress has been restricted by the persistence of customary ideals.

The South Pacific (7th Ed.)
The South Pacific (7th Ed.)
Price: US$54.00

A seventh, revised and updated edition of the permanently in demand 'The South Pacific' is now available. This encyclopaedic study of the 28 diverse islands nations that make up Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia details and analyses the very many features and influences that give the region its unique nature - its history, people, environment, culture, economics and politics.

Available in hard cover for $64

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