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dc.contributor.authorOmondiagbe, Hen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorTowns, Den_NZ
dc.contributor.authorWood, Jen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorBollard, Ben_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-30T03:03:28Z
dc.date.available2021-07-30T03:03:28Z
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Marine and Island Cultures, v10n1, DOI: 10.21463/jmic.2021.10.1.06
dc.identifier.issn2212-6821en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/14387
dc.description.abstractIsland imaginary describes the unspoken or undocumented fabric that weaves together the operations within an island. Yet, these imaginaries are sometimes perceived as intangible and often misunderstood by non-islanders, who attempt to impose contradictory realities on islanders. This study investigates identity through the imaginaries expressed by island residents within the context of a changing identity. Waiheke Island has been experiencing recurrent issues of identity and undergoing transformational developments. We sought to identify components of island identity; factors that undermine island identity; and actions that might contribute to sustaining their identity. We employed a qualitative approach using interviews and thematic analysis. We identified three thematic components of identity, namely place identity, individual identity, and community identity. We determined triggers that could undermine identities such as external infiltration and transportation. Finally, we identified responses that could support residents in affirming or reiterating their identity including island secession, better fund allocation and community efforts. Most respondents value different aspects of their environment for being scenic, safe, special, and shared. Waihekeans prefer to be identified and appreciated for their diverse and unique characteristics, without their identities being undermined. They favour a strategic and controlled form of development, while preserving their uniqueness.en_NZ
dc.publisherShima Publishingen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttps://jmic.online/issues/v10n1/6/
dc.rightsAll articles published are open access and are immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, copy and distribute.
dc.subjectIsland identity; Island studies; Relationality; Islandness; Island development; Island-mainland relations; Waiheke Island
dc.titleOut of Character: Reiterating an Island’s Imaginaries in the Face of a Changing Identityen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccessen_NZ
dc.identifier.doi10.21463/jmic.2021.10.1.06en_NZ
aut.relation.issue1en_NZ
aut.relation.volume10en_NZ
pubs.elements-id436535
aut.relation.journalJournal of Marine and Island Culturesen_NZ


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