Marjorie Crocombe (right) in front of her portrait poses with Kevin Crocombe during the launch of the book "Ron Crocombe E Toa!"
A major book celebrating the life and work of USP Emeritus Professor Ron Crocombe was launched at USP Cook Islands, Thursday 13 February, 2014.
The book covers 651 pages and comprises 40 chapters, many of which first appeared as papers to the Festschrift Conference for Ron Crocombe, held at USP Cook Islands from 12-13 August 2010.
The book was launched by Kevin Crocombe, who gave a good perspective of his father’s life and work noting how passionate his father was in encouraging Pacific people to write and publish on a wide variety of Pacific subjects.
He also acknowledged and thanked the editorial team including his mother Dr. Marjorie Crocombe for the hard work in over the last 4 years to get this book ready.
In his foreword, Emeritus Professor Albert Wendt, ONZ, CNZM, writes “This book is divided into broad categories of land, politics, history and culture showing the wide-ranging interests of the Crocombes and the writers they inspired. As to be expected, many chapters discuss the Cook Islands, where the Crocombes returned year after year and based themselves in ‘retirement’.
Other chapters analyse and discuss the historical, linguistic, political and other kinds of links radiating throughout our region.
This very Pacific book is an example of the cross cultural, interdisciplinary, all-encompassing way in which Ron and Marjorie worked.”
Contributors include Professor Brij Lal (‘The Road from Laucala Bay’), Ueantabo Neemia Mackenzie ( ‘Traditional leadership and governance in Kiribati’), Peter Larmour (‘Ron Crocombe and writing on ethics and corruption’) Doug Munro and Geoffrey Gray (‘Ron Crocombe and Harry Maude’), Ron May, (‘From the New Guinea Research Unit to the National Research Institute’), Hugh Laracy (‘Indigenous National Histories’), Anthony von Fossen (‘Ron Crocombe and the Future’); Morgan Tuimaleali'ifano ('Regional co-operation, regional integration and identity') and Albert Wendt (“Ron, mentor and friend’).
The book was edited by Linda Crowl, Marjorie Crocombe and Rod Dixon, and is published by USP Cook Islands/USP Press. It is available from the USP Bookshop.
At the launch, a 2.0 metre portrait of Dr. Marjorie Crocombe, OBE was unveiled by her daughter Narida Hinano Crocombe.
The work was commissioned by USP Cook Islands from painter Nanette Lela’ulu to celebrate the University’s installation of Marjorie Crocombe, OBE as Honorary Doctor of Letters.
Marjorie Crocombe was pleased that this book has been dedicated to the life and work of her late husband, the eminent Pacific scholar. She said “I thank my family, editors, the artist and all those who contributed the various chapters and USP Press for publishing the book”.
The launch was attended by many of the books contributors and the Cook Islands Minister of Education Hon. Teina Bishop.