The Rahui, edited by Tamatoa Bambridge. Image courtesy of ANU Press.

The Rahui, edited by Tamatoa Bambridge. Image courtesy of ANU Press.

Bookshelf: The Rahui

The Rahui is a collection of case studies that brings together a wide array of analyses of an ancient institution in East Polynesia called the rahui.

Rahui is a restriction that people of authority place upon a piece of land or sea, or on specific animals or plants for a period of time.

This is a management system of great historic importance and, as the authors demonstrate in The Rahui, one that is gathering increasing relevance and potency.

While tapu has been extensively discussed in scientific literature on Oceanian anthropology, the rahui is quite absent from secondary modern literature.

The Rahui addresses important issues showing the rahui to be much more localised in application and power sources in eastern Polynesia but also tied to socio-political alliances and other linkages for wider application.

It addresses the problem of the relations between the tapu, the rahui and chieftainship, the nature of user rights associated with the rahui on the lagoon and, eventually, the ramifications for society and the implementation of rahui.

The Rahui is edited by Tamatoa Bambridge.