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Hakarongo Mai! Rapanui Women and Decolonisation for Development

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posted on 2021-11-12, 22:22 authored by Christ, Karly Gempp

On the Pacific island of Rapa Nui, there are growing calls from the indigenous population for political and cultural decolonisation. This research explores and documents how some women in Rapa Nui are engaging in these struggles. It investigates their aspirations for decolonisation and the strategies they are employing to have their voices heard. It also identifies and describes some of the challenges these women have faced as well as the successes they have had in the context of these struggles to date. Sharing the stories of women who are active participants in these efforts, this research seeks to provide space for their perspectives and their experiences, acknowledging the presence and significance of women within decolonisation efforts on Rapa Nui.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Development Studies

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Development Studies

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis



Victoria University of Wellington School

School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences


Murray, Warwick; Teaiwa, Teresia