The Dragon and the Taniwha: Māori and Chinese in New Zealand

Edited by Manying Ip


‘. . . puts the dragon and the taniwha, their encounters and shared destinies, under intelligent scrutiny for the first time.’ – Gilbert Wong, NZ Herald


How have two very different marginalised groups in New Zealand society – Māori and Chinese – interacted over the last 150 years? The Dragon and the Taniwha, the result of a major grant from the Marsden Fund, looks at the relationship between the tangata whenua and the country’s earliest and largest non-European immigrant group for the first time.

Do Māori resent Chinese immigrants? Do Chinese New Zealanders understand the role of the tangata whenua? Have Māori and Chinese formed alliances based on common values and history? Contributors tackle such question from many angles. They analyse how Māori newspapers portrayed Chinese and how the Chinese media portray Māori; they examine the changing demography of the Chinese and Māori populations; they look at Māori–Chinese marriages and the ancient migration of both groups. The result is a rich portrait of the past and present of relationships between two important immigrant groups.

Race relations in New Zealand have usually been examined in terms of Māori and Pākehā. By looking at Māori–Chinese relations, the indigenous and the immigrant, the book portrays a much richer and more complex social fabric.



Manying Ip is professor of Asian Studies at the University of Auckland. She is the well-known and respected author of several critically acclaimed books on the Chinese in New Zealand, including Being Maori-Chinese: Mixed Identities (AUP, 2008), and the editor of Unfolding History, Evolving Identity: The Chinese in New Zealand (AUP, 2003).


May 2009, 234 x 153 mm, 360 pages, illustrations
Paperback, ISBN 9781869404369, $49.99