2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Distinguished Speaker

Professor Frances Ashcroft FRS speaks on ‘The Spark of Life’ What makes us human? Can someone really die of fright? Why do chilli peppers taste hot? How do cocaine, LSD and morphine work? Frances weaves real-life stories with the latest scientific findings, including an account of her own discoveries, to explain the fundamental role of ion channels in […]

Two events for women to consider war and peace (Akd & Wgtn)

Reclaiming our herstory: New Zealand women and World War I Wellington: Sat 28 March 2015 @ St Johns in the City, 9:30am – 4pm with He Aha Te Utu, Grace Millar, Jane Tolerton and others…. Auckland: Sun 12 April 2015 @ Ferndale House, 9:30am-4pm with Sandra Coney, Jane Tolerton and more…. Tickets: $10, includes refreshments […]

The New Zealand Historical Association acknowledges with sadness the passing of Dr Apirana Tuahae Kaukapakapa Mahuika and pays tribute to this distinguished and outstanding man.

As a scholar and teacher Apirana Mahuika played a leading role in the intellectual life of Aotearoa-New Zealand over many decades. A towering figure in Ngati Porou, Mahuika was an influential thinker in shaping understandings of New Zealand and New Zealanders, Maori and Pakeha. In November 2011 Mahuika gave the inaugural Wiremu Maihi Te Rangikaheke […]

MA Scholarship at Victoria University of Wellington….

History or background of award The scholarship is part of the Marsden funded project ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Settler: Garrison and Empire in the Nineteenth Century’ led by Professor Charlotte Macdonald. Purpose of award Applications are invited from suitably qualified students interested in working on an aspect of garrison culture in the period c.1850s-1870s. Taking the […]

NZHA AGM Notice….

Tena Kotu katoa This is your invitation to the Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Historical Association. Date: Friday 20th February 2015 Time: 10 – 11.30am Venue: Popper 508 (formerly known as the History Building), University of Canterbury Please forward apologies to nzhawebmaster@gmail.com Pay and Display parking machines are available at the north and […]

Survey request: Digitised books

Interested in participating in a quick online survey about digital historical resources?  A Master of Information Studies student at Victoria University of Wellington is seeking participants for their research project evaluating the usability of digitised books from multiple digital libraries. The researcher believes that members of NZHA are likely to be potential if not current users of […]

2015 Media skills workshop for scientists

Science Media SAVVY Media and communication skills for scientists 19–20 February 2015, Wellington | 16–17 April 2015, Christchurch Researchers and scientists keen to improve their public outreach are invited to apply for the latest in the Science Media Centre’s national series of media and communication skills workshops. This two-day intensive course caters for established and […]

2015 NZHA Conference Dates

The 2015 NZHA conference will be held at the University of Canterbury from Wed 2nd – Fri 4th December. Please note these dates in your diary. We’ll provide you with more details RE conference theme, call for papers etc early in 2015.

Regional Round-up: VUW History and environs

Contributed by Cybele Locke In May, Māori Postdoctoral Fellow Arini Loader and Professor Charlotte Macdonald brought together an outstanding group of scholars for a symposium entitled ‘Fast History, Slow Reading: he pukapuka tataku tenei’ to consider the lives of historical texts and their interpretation.  The symposium was supported by the New Zealand India Research Institute, […]

Vintage NZ vacation films found but photographer is unknown?

These vintage, 16mm vacation films were recently discovered at a garage sale in San Jose, California. Although they were in very poor condition, they were nevertheless digitally converted courtesy of The California Pioneers of Santa Clara County. This unknown photographer and his wife traveled throughout the Pacific region; including the north and south islands of New Zealand. The historians […]

Request for information

Dear NZHA members, We have another request for information from someone within Great Southern Television who is doing research for a television series based on Sir Edmund Hillary’s life. There are some scenes based in the Hautu Detention Camp in 1941 which feature a ‘screw’ in a uniform, and the researcher has been able to […]

Royal Society 2014 Distinguished Speaker national tour

Professor Marcus du Sautoy on The Art of Mathematics and the Mathematics of Art Throughout the centuries, the mathematician’s palette of shapes, patterns and numbers has proved a powerful inspiration.  As composers, painters, writers and choreographers hunt interesting new ways to frame their creative processes, they can be subconsciously drawn to the same structures that […]

Young Historians Award for 2014 announced

The New Zealand History Teachers’ Association and the NZHA Young Historians 2014 Winners have been announced. The judging was undertaken by the Otago History Teachers’ Association. The panel was impressed with the quality of the work submitted and also wish to acknowledge the support from their teachers. Well done to Arabella, Esther, Samuel, Jacobi, Nina, […]

ANZSANA Call for Papers: Monday November 10

CALL FOR PAPERS AND WORKSHOP PANELS Australian & New Zealand Studies Association of North America 2015 Annual Conference Dallas, Texas 29-31 January In partnership with the John Goodwin Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University (SMU), ANZSANA will hold its annual conference in Dallas, Texas.  ANZSANA is a multidisciplinary organization and welcomes papers on […]

Regional Round-up: Waikato

This marks the first of a series of ‘regional round-ups’ from around New Zealand. Our goal is to publish one every month or so, and produce a newsletter containing all contributions at the end of each ‘cycle’. Regional round-ups will alternate with regular blog posts as news and contributions come to hand. Contributed by Dr Nēpia […]

Conference Notification

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE HISTORY OF THE RED CROSS MOVEMENT Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 9-11 September 2016 This conference acknowledges the growing number of historians and researchers working in the rapidly expanding area of the history of the international Red Cross Movement. With its origins in the mid-nineteenth century, this global humanitarian organization includes the International […]

Request for contact RE hand coloured photography

Authors Peter Alsop and Peter Ireland are working on an extensive book on hand coloured photography (400+ pages), and are keen to ensure the best of NZ’s hand coloured photography is included. They would appreciate contact from NZHA members holding images (of any subject matter) that could desirably be included in the book. Previous publications […]

2014 Rutherford Lectures

Dame Anne Salmond: Experiments across Worlds Renowned author, academic, environmentalist and winner of the 2013 Rutherford Medal, will present four lectures exploring different areas of our national life – The Sea (Tauranga), The Land (Christchurch), People and Power (Wellington), and Rivers (Whanganui).  She will explore how exchanges between different ways of being, particularly Maori and […]

CFP: Australian & New Zealand Studies Association of North America

CALL FOR PAPERS AND WORKSHOP PANELS Australian & New Zealand Studies Association of North America 2015 Annual Conference Dallas, Texas 29-31 January In partnership with the John Goodwin Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University (SMU), ANZSANA will hold its annual conference in Dallas, Texas.  ANZSANA is a multidisciplinary organization and welcomes papers on […]

Does anyone have info on Ceasar the NZ war dog?

Out of curiosity … .. and because we teach Kiwi culture and explore subjects such as moko (facial tattoo), beauty, war and nationalism, we’d like to know more about Ceasar the NZ war dog. We know that dogs were used to rescue wounded soldiers from ‘No- Man’s-Land at the Battle of the Somme during the […]

Request for information!

Dear historians, can someone help? …we’ve just had correspondence from a researcher who is ….. …. trying to track down the descendants of Captain Francis R. Webb. He was the American Consulate of Zanzibar in 1871 when H.M. Stanley arrived to look for Dr. Livingstone. A few years later, he became the American Consulate for […]

Auckland Heritage Festival Fesitval

Event notice: The New Zealand Federation of Historical Societies is hosting a seminar presented by Jeremy Salmond on ‘The effects of World War One on the way people lived and how social change is reflected in the houses at that time.’ Date: Thursday 9th October Time: 1:30-3:30pm Venue: Saint Ninian’s Church, 17 Saint Georges Road, […]

Upcoming exhibition: Papatoetoe Miliary History

Exhibition notice: From 15 September – 4 October the Papatoetoe Historical Society & NZ Society of Genealogists are hosting an exhibition commemorating Papatoetoe’s Military history and displaying war memorabilia. “They went with songs to battle, they were young ….” Free entry Venue: Papatoetoe & District RSA, Monday – Saturday 11am-4pm Contact details on the attached […]

“Brothers and Sisters in Arms: Historicising Indigenous Military Service” Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference: “Brothers and Sisters in Arms: Historicising Indigenous Military Service” Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, 25-26 June 2015. This conference is part of the ARC-funded project ‘Serving our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia http://www.ourmobserved.com/events/ The centenary of the First World War has generated […]

The Waitangi Tribunal lastest job listings

The Waitangi Tribunal is currently seeking three full-time Research Analyst/Inquiry Facilitators. Applications can be made via the jobs.govt.nz website here POSITION: Research Analyst/Inquiry Facilitator JOB TYPE: Ongoing – Full Time Our team is working for Justice … Will you join us? When you join us at the Ministry of Justice, you’ll enjoy diversity, satisfaction and […]

World War 1 Book Club

World War One Book Club – Explore the legacy of World War One in literature World War One fever is spreading in New Zealand, causing everything from traffic congestion to a rash of poppy lapel badges. But among the history, the geography and the hagiography, what is the place for the literature of the Great […]

I Nga Ra o Mua: The Days Before Us

New Zealand History Teachers 2014 Conference Dilworth School Auckland, Monday 29 & Tuesday 30 September 2014. Follow on Twitter: @thedaysbeforeus Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NZHTAConference 2014 A forum of teachers, educators, historians, researchers and community activists to engage and interact over teaching New Zealand history. Further information is available on this flyer NZHTA-Conference-2014


HISTORICAL, THEOLOGICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ON PEACE AND CHRISTIANITY IN NEW ZEALAND Victoria University of Wellington, 18-20 November 2015 The conference will be hosted at Victoria University of Wellington, but supported by a number of organisations. In 2014, centennial commemorations of the Great War begin; 2015 will have special significance for New Zealanders, in light […]

Call for papers: Women and the Nation at War

The Women’s Studies Journal of Aotearoa/New Zealand seeks contributions for a forthcoming special issue on Women and the Nation at War. The issue aims to provide balance to the current fervour surrounding the centennial of World War One by inviting feminist critique of war. To these ends articles are invited which provide feminist reflection, contemporary […]

The latest issue of the Journal of New Zealand Studies NS17 (2014) is available online

Journal of New Zealand Studies 17 (June 2014) The latest issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of New Zealand Studies NS17 (2014)  is available online at:  http://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/jnzs/index This website contains information about forthcoming issues of the journal, as well as back issues of the Stout Centre Review and New Zealand Studies journals. Both of these journals […]

‘War Memorialisation and the Nation’ call for papers

Notice of special conference and call for papers/panels: War Memorialisation and the Nation (areas: war commemoration/history/cultural heritage/archaeology/peace and conflict studies) University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 12 – 15 November 2014 An inter-disciplinary conference concerned with war memorialisation in the interests of the nation is to be held at the University of Otago, Dunedin, in […]