John Taylor holds a Masters (Auckland) and PhD (ANU) in anthropology, and is the author of The Other Side: ways of being and place in Vanuatu (2008) and Consuming Identity: modernity and tourism in New Zealand (1998). His research interests are focused within the Pacific region, including at home in New Zealand, and in Vanuatu where he has been conducting field research since 1999. He is currently exploring themes relating to the historical and contemporary transformation of masculinities in northern Vanuatu, particularly in terms of colonial and neo-colonial relations of power, including the sacred powers of Christianity and sorcery. He is also researching and writing on tourism and cultural heritage, for instance in writing about some spectacular northern Vanuatu rituals and cultural events, the participation of ni-Vanuatu within Vanuatu’s burgeoning tourism industry, and the activities of tourists and the dynamic nature of tourism photography. John is Lecturer in Anthropology at La Trobe University.