Joyita: Solving the Mystery

David G. Wright

‘[A] fascinating, tightly told investigation of a saga that was front-page news for a long time.’ – Jim Webber, Waikato Times


This fascinating book explores the mysterious disappearance in 1955 of the Joyita sailing between Apia and Tokelau. The ship was discovered in poor condition near Fiji five weeks later but no trace has ever been found of the 25 passengers or crew on board.

Joyita: Solving the Mystery is a new account of the disappearance and, for the first time, a thorough investigation of all the possible explanations. It also evokes the exotic expatriate life of the mid-century Pacific Islands full of colourful characters and unexpected relationships.



David Wright was a senior lecturer in the English Department at the University of Auckland.


December 2002, 210 x 138 mm, 144 pages, illustrations
Ebook, ISBN 9781869402709, $34.99