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 […]

The Macquarie University Research Fellowship (MQRF) Scheme Expressions of Interest opening soon…..

The Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) will offer at least 6 full-time Research Fellowship positions commencing in 2016. Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis and will be fixed-term for three years. Sponsored applicants must have been awarded their PhD on or after 1st March 2012, or […]

Dinosaurs & space-shuttles, Dr Phil Manning’s lecture tour of NZ

Dr Phil Manning, Dinosaurs & space-shuttles: how space-shuttle technology was used to study a 67-million-year-old hadrosaur…. In 1999 the mummified remains of a hadrosaur dinosaur were discovered in North Dakota, USA. Skin, muscle, tendons and other soft tissue that rarely survive fossilisation were preserved in this 67-million-year-old dinosaur, allowing scientists to estimate its muscle mass […]

Notice: Attorney-General’s Magna Carta 800 Essay Competition

The Attorney-General has launched a Magna Carta essay prize for both school and university students. Entries close Friday, 1 May 2015. There are two categories: 1. University Students and 2. High School students. See attached flyer for further details. Attorney-General Magna Carta 800 Essay Competition- Further details and entry form

Free public events in Christchurch and Dunedin

Talking about Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History with Atholl Anderson and Aroha Harris Christchurch Monday 23 March 2015, 5.30pm Rehua Marae, 79 Springfield Road St Albans, Christchurch Dunedin Tuesday 24 March 2015, 5.30pm Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum 419 Great King Street, Dunedin Atholl Anderson (Ngāi Tahu) and Aroha Harris (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) talk about new perspectives on […]

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 Pay and Display parking machines are available at the north and […]