National Library Collection Plans: have your say

National Library are reviewing their collections policy and collecting plans (2016-18). The updated Policy and Collecting Plans are now being made available on the National Library’s website here together with drafts for comment of the remaining Collecting Plans here. The remaining plans are: • Cartographic • Drawings, paintings and prints • Ephemera • Music • Oral […]


Disposal of Records

Archives New Zealand / Te Rua Mahara o te Kawanatanga has noted an intention to dispose of certain public records of the Department of Internal Affairs (Chief Archivist). The due date for public comment is 27 February 2016. Click here for the notice. Please share this notice with others who you think will be interested. Archives New […]

RE: Mary Boyd Prize winner announcement

Good news everyone! The judges for the Mary Boyd Prize for the best article in New Zealand History published between 2 April 2013 and 1 April 2015, Emeritus Professor Margaret Tennant, Massey University and Professor Tony Ballantyne, University of Otago, have awarded Dr Felicity Barnes, University of Auckland, the prize for her article ‘Pictorialism, Photography […]

RE: New Zealand Festival, event notice

The 2016 New Zealand Festival (26 Feb – 20 March) is bringing three exceptional shows to Wellington that each approaches World War I commemorations in a unique way. Premiering at the Festival, Brass Poppies is a ground-breaking new chamber opera about the battle of Chunuk Bair, while the world music collaboration in No Man’s Land brings together […]

RE: Australian Women’s History Network Call for Papers

Intersections in History: Australian Women’s History Network Conference Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Melbourne 31 Mar-1 April 2016. This conference** will explore past and present ‘intersections’ in women’s, feminist and gender history, broadly conceived. Its title gestures towards the theoretical framework of ‘intersectionality’, more usually seen in sociology and gender/cultural studies where it has recently emerged […]

RE: Remembering Beryl Hughes, 1920-2015

Dear Friends Beryl Hughes, a staff member in the History Department at Victoria University of Wellington, c.1961-86 and instigator of women’s studies and women’s history in New Zealand, died on Monday 7 December 2015. Beryl is probably best known beyond VUW for her co-edited collection Women in New Zealand Society (Allen & Uniwn, 1980) with Phillida […]

RE: call for expressions of interest

The Government Superannuitants Association (GSA) are welcoming expressions of interest and seeking advice on the best way to present their centenary history. Please contact Alan Peck, Executive Officer of the GSA directly on 04 472 7006 or

RE: Real Modern, special NZHA offer

Te Papa Press have a special offer for NZHA folks – a 20% discount on Bronwyn Labrum’s latest gem Real Modern: Everyday New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s. Don’t miss out on this fabulously rich history told through material objects, compelling images and lively text. Real Modern NZHA special offer

RE: Mary Boyd Prize

Dear historians, It has come to our attention that one entry for the Mary Boyd Prize was submitted, but not received. If you submitted a nomination for the Mary Boyd Prize but DID NOT RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMING YOUR ENTRY can you please resend your SUBMISSION EMAIL to by Friday 11 December. We apologise for […]

RE: W. H Oliver Prize announcement

The NZHA is pleased to announce the winner of the W. H. Oliver Prize to Tony Ballanytne, Otago University, for Entanglements of Empire: Missionaries, Maori, and the Question of the Body published by Auckland University Press. Congratulations Tony! The W. H. Oliver Prize was awarded for the best book on any aspect of New Zealand […]

Notice RE: Contemporary Women’s Writing – Essay Prize

Contemporary Women’s Writing has launched a new annual Essay Prize to encourage and support postgraduates and early career scholars working on contemporary female literature. The winner will receive: Publication of their piece in Contemporary Women’s Writing One year’s free membership of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (including one year’s free subscription to Contemporary Women’s Writing) […]

RE: Congratulations … history news

Congratulations to NZHA Past-President Professor Catharine Coleborne who leaves the University of Waikato after 16 years to take up a new appointment as Head of School in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle in December 2015.     And, additional congratulations to another NZHA past-president Professor Giselle Byrnes who has […]


Tēnā kotu katoa NZHA members, This is your invitation to the Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Historical Association. Date: Wednesday December 2nd 2015 Time: 1:00−2:00 pm Venue: Wheki 105, Dovedale Campus, University of Canterbury Please forward apologies to Free parking is available on Dovedale campus. We look forward to seeing you. Nga […]

RE: NZHA Conference registration reminder

A quick reminder that registration for the NZHA ‘History Making a Difference’ Conference closes on Friday 20th November. We’ve got an excellent range of historical perspectives and topics represented in the schedule and UC’s campus is looking exceptionally beautiful at this time of year.

RE: Making history make a difference: workshop opportunity with Prof. Paul Ward, University of Huddersfield, UK

NOTICE: Making History Make a Difference: Collaborating with Community Groups to Create New Knowledge: A Workshop with Professor Paul Ward, University of Huddersfield, UK. A series of developments have created a historical moment in which the Humanities disciplines are expected to have public utility — History is expected to make a difference. This workshop explores […]

RE: Ravaged Beauty Takes the Prize!

Environmental historian Dr Catherine Knight has won the Palmerston North Heritage Trust’s inaugural award for the best work of history relating to the Manawatu. Ravaged Beauty: An Environmental History of the Manawatu was described by co-judge Jill White as an outstanding winner from the 2013-14 publications considered. Intensively researched and engagingly written, Ravaged Beauty is […]

RE: Author needed for NZ’s WWI medical history

From dental emergencies, treating dysentery and tending the wounded and dying – to the care of horses, donkeys, dogs and canaries as well as breakthroughs in facial plastic surgery – Massey University is seeking a writer for the untold story of New Zealand’s WWI medical services. While there are plenty of first-hand sources in the […]

RE: Massey’s 2014-15 update

Another awesome regional profile for today’s readers, this time we’re recognizing Massey University’s History Programme 2014-2015 The Massey University History programme has been very active in the past year. Peter Lineham has overseen a comprehensive review of the History Curriculum, which is still in progress. Under the auspices of the W.H. Oliver Humanities Research Academy, […]

RE: Auckland’s regional roundup

Auckland’s history news for 2015… We began 2015 by leaving our historic home in Wynyard St and moving to new premises. History is now located with Classics and Ancient History in Short St, on the edge of the city campus, and will be until the university’s longer term building programme progresses. The move has not […]

RE: Otago Regional History Roundup for 2015

It’s time to reflect on all the history activities around the region, first up is Otago University. Thanks for your contribution, from the NZHZA team. Dr Kate Stevens, who completed her Honours degree in the Department of History at Otago, is back with us now for three years as a postdoctoral fellow on Professor Judy […]

RE: in memory of Bill Oliver, historian, writer, teacher

Massey University Professor Emeritus Bill Oliver, considered one of New Zealand’s most influential historians as well as a poet, has died in Wellington, aged 90. His funeral is today, Friday 18th September…. 11:30am, Old Saint Pauls, Mulgrave Street, Wellington Born in Feilding in 1925, he graduated with a Master of Arts from the University of […]

RE: Victoria University scholarships now open

Join us in the mid-19th century world of redcoat, garrison and rum! At Victoria University of Wellington History. 3 Summer Scholarships are available: 2 in Wellington, 1 in New Plymouth. For students completing 300-level and going on to BA (Hons) or BA (Hons) going on to MA thesis. Closing date 16 September. 1 MA scholarship […]

RE: sound and vision survey

Nga Taonga Sound & Vision are redeveloping their online catalogue and would appreciate some feedback (and possible user testers) from the historical research community. Please consider taking this short survey. As an added bonus, all responders will go into a draw to win a copy of NZ Film: An Illustrated History. The survey will be closed on […]

RE: last chance to submit your NZHA abstracts, closing date is Friday 28 August

The biennial New Zealand Historical Association conference will be held in Christchurch from Wednesday 2 December until Friday 4 December 2015. Our theme for 2015 explores how the study, teaching and promotion of history in Aotearoa/New Zealand has the ability to ‘make a difference’. Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Kate Darian-Smith (University of Melbourne), Professor […]

RE: The Alexander Turnbull Library is seeking your assistance with a survey on digital scholarship

The Alexander Turnbull Library is seeking your assistance with a survey about the role of exportable citations and persistent identifiers in digital scholarship. This survey seeks to understand: What researchers want from an exportable citation What researchers want from a persistent identifier Please assist the Alexander Turnbull Library in its understanding by completing the survey […]

RE: Royal Society Event – the Age of Resilience

Public discussions between French and New Zealand experts around the theme of climate change, society and human’s capacity to adapt. The Age of Resilience is the title of three panel discussions, to be held in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch, and will be chaired by Kim Hill and broadcast on National Radio. An economic conundrum / […]

RE: 2015 Ernest Scott Prize winners announced

The Faculty of Arts, in conjunction with The Australian Historical Association, is excited to announce the joint winners of the 2015 Ernest Scott Prize are Alan Atkinson and Tom Brooking. Alan Atkinson, The Europeans in Australia: Volume 3: Nation, UNSW Press, 2014. In the third and final volume of his history of The Europeans in Australia, Alan Atkinson pursues his […]

Otago selects leading historian as its next Head of Humanities

The University of Otago has selected Professor Tony Ballantyne as its next Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities). Professor Ballantyne is currently Head of Otago’s Department of History and Art History and Director of the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture. Announcing the appointment, which was made after an international search, Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne said she is delighted […]

Call for papers: making women visible

Making Women Visible: A conference in honour of Barbara Brookes, 15-17 Feb 2016, University of Otago. It’s been twenty years since Sandra Coney’s edited Standing in the Sunshine: a history of New Zealand women since they won the vote was published and the time has come to reflect, revise and share current work on New […]

RE: Two MA scholarships at Otago Uni now open….

Kia ora koutou NZHA members, Good news! There are two fully-funded MA Scholarships based in the Department of History and Art History at the University of Otago, Dunedin. One is attached to Dr. Angela Wanhalla’s Rutherford Discovery Fellowship ‘The Politics of Intimacy in New Zealand History’ and the other to Dr. Michael Stevens’ Marsden Fast-Start […]

Archives NZ website survey

Archives New Zealand are currently running an online survey to get feedback on their website (including their finding aid, Archway).  They are eager to ensure the views of historical researchers are well represented in their survey results.   They’re trying to understand the user experience of their website, and (amongst other things) gain feedback from users about the impact […]

RE: call for entries for the Mary Boyd Prize is now open

The New Zealand Historical Association is calling for submissions to be considered for the Mary Boyd Prize. Named in memory of the Pacific historian Mary Beatrice Boyd (1921-2010), this award is for the best article on any aspect of New Zealand history published in a refereed journal. Articles need to have been published between 2nd […]

Call for papers: NZHA conference

History Making a Difference The biennial New Zealand Historical Association conference will be held in Christchurch from Wednesday 2 December until Friday 4 December 2015. Our theme for 2015 explores how the study, teaching and promotion of history in Aotearoa/New Zealand has the ability to ‘make a difference’. Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Kate Darian-Smith […]

Call for papers: Memory Studies in Aotearoa New Zealand

Massey University, Wellington Campus, is hosting a conference on 12 November 2015 on Memory Studies in New Zealand. Papers on any memory-related topic will be considered.Themes could include: Māori memory Techniques of Memory Memory and Place Trauma and Memory Postcolonialism and memory in Aotearoa New Zealand Aotearoa New Zealand literatures of memory Memory on Aotearoa […]