Samoa mo Samoa

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Book 23
Bridget Williams Books
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A large and peaceful pro-independence march along Beach Road in Apia, Samoa. Amidst panic and confusion, New Zealand police open fire with rifles and a machine-gun, killing nine people and wounding fifty. In this BWB Text, Michael Field describes what happened on Black Saturday, 28 December 1929, a day that is largely forgotten in New Zealand history but is vividly recalled in Samoa.
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Journalist Michael Field has been writing about the Pacific for three decades. He covered the 2000 and 2006 coup in Fiji and was banned by Fiji’s military regime in 2007. He is the author of books on Samoa’s independence struggle, Fiji’s coup, the politics of Pacific nations and, most recently, working conditions on board foreign vessels fishing in New Zealand waters.
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Publisher
Bridget Williams Books
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Published on
Nov 27, 2014
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Pages
50
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ISBN
9781927277881
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Oceania
Social Science / Discrimination & Race Relations
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