Campbell, Alistair Te Ariki

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Cook Island Maori poet

Campbell was born in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific and is part Cook Island Maori. Orphaned as a young child, he was sent to Dunedin, NZ, and raised there in an orphanage from 1933, in company with his siblings.

He has re-established contact with his Cook Islands relatives.

His books include Sidewinder, Sanctuary of Spirits, Mine Eyes Dazzle, Kapiti, and his autobiography, Island to Island.


Campbell, Alistair. Island to Island. (Christchurch: Whitcoulls, 1984)
New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. 1998 edition, edited by Alister Taylor. (Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Publications, 1998)


Polynesian, Melanesian
Cook Islands
New Zealand
20th Century
21st Century
School-age Years, Adolescence
Orphaned (Both Parents)
Institutional Care
Parent(s) Died, Disappeared or Became Incapacitated
Birth Siblings Placed Together
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