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Ross Clark r.clark at AUCKLAND.AC.NZ
Wed Jan 16 01:55:24 UTC 2013

I suspect that _Oceanic Linguistics_' file of daily press clippings is not very bulky. So it's interesting to see Pila Wilson's paper from the very latest issue being written up in the New Zealand Herald:

Under the headline "Search for Maori homeland" (with a nice photo of the palm-fringed shoreline of Takuu), the writer, Yvonne Tahana, does a pretty good job, I think, of reporting the proposal that the northern Outliers were the immediate source for East Polynesian. The emphasis on "Hawaiki" being in these atolls (and "not Samoa") may be over-reaching the theory a bit, but I guess that's the angle required to make a story. 

Ross Clark

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