New Historians Conference 2017

The VUW History Programme invites current postgraduates and recent graduates to its annual New Historians Conference. Now in its 12th year, the conference brings together postgraduate students and researchers from local, national and regional institutions and organisations. The New Historians Conference provides a collegial forum to discuss research and share ideas. It creates a valuable […]

RSNZ mentoring guidelines for researchers

The recently released mentoring guidelines of the Royal Society are aimed at mentoring in the ‘increasingly diverse context of Aotearoa New Zealand’. The guidelines are expected to usefully supplement many of the mentoring practices that research organisations already have in place. You can read them here.

Regional News: Straight Outa Canterbury

Canterbury NZHA council member and special correspondent, Lyndon Fraser, reported in April that History in Canterbury continues to be pursued in a wide variety of contexts, from family history to local preservation groups, and from heritage practices to oral tradition. Lyndon’s report to members is reproduced here for the website.     The region’s earthquake […]

Reflections WWI 2018: call for papers

Canterbury 100 is hosting a conference on 22-23 November 2018 which looks at how WWI has been commemorated during the centenary period. The three confirmed keynote speakers are: Professor Joy Damousi (Australia), Dr Tim Cook (Canada) and Dr Santanu Das (UK). The call for papers is open now, and closes on 1 November. Find out […]

History Making a Difference

Colleagues at the University of Canterbury History Department have followed up their hosting of the NZHA executive, 2014-2015, and the 2015 biennial conference with a new publication. Named after the 2015 conference theme, History Making a Difference: New Approaches from Aotearoa, is edited by Katie Pickles, Lyndon Fraser, Marguerite Hill, Sarah Murray and Greg Ryan. […]

Mary Boyd Prize 2017: call for submissions

The New Zealand Historical Association is calling for submissions to be considered for the 2017 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. To be eligible, nominated articles must have […]

Tāmaki Herenga Waka: where histories meet – NZHA 2017 call for abstracts

NZHA, in association with History at the School of Humanities, University of Auckland, is pleased to open the call for abstracts for its biennial conference: 28 November – 1 December 2017. Find out more on the conference website: Tāmaki Herenga Waka: where histories meet proposes two main thematic lines – one acknowledging the core […]

One For the Genealogists

Join Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation to learn how to: get the most out of Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy resources and records, gain strategies for breaking through blocks, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research. There are only two remaining workshops in the […]

Barbara Brookes – Ockham Book Award winner

NZHA congratulates Barbara Brookes who has one the Illustrated Non-Fiction category of the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her book A History of New Zealand Women. If you are in Auckland on Friday (19 May) you can hear Barbara and the other winning authors at the Auckland Writers Festival, at the Aotea Centre, […]

VUW Public Lecture: ‘This isn’t very feminist at all….’ Talking about feminism with post-war British women

PROFESSOR LYNN ABRAMS UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW Friday 7 April 5:30pm—6:30pm Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 3 (RHLT3) For further information please contact the History Programme Seminar Convenor: Valerie Wallace, valerie.wallace at In interviews with British women who reached maturity in the post war decades, introducing feminism into the conversation has produced some puzzling contradictions. These […]

Symposium: ‘Rage Against the Machine: Biopolitics, Individualism and Collectivism in 19thC New Zealand and the British Empire’

NZHA members and friends are warmly invited to a day symposium, Saturday 8 April, at Victoria University of Wellington Te Whare Wananga o Te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui: ‘Rage Against the Machine: Biopolitics, Individualism and Collectivism in 19thC New Zealand and the British Empire’ An event in association with Professor Anna Clark, University of […]

Historians, activism, solidarity, and empathy

Enjoy this think piece from historian Miranda Johnson, University of Sydney: author of The Land Is Our History, and one-time special correspondent from Te Whenua Moemoeā – Australia. Our newsfeeds this past week have been filled with the images, sounds, and words of protest. From anti-Trumpism, which is galvanizing millions of people in the United […]

National Library Programme of Events, 2017

The National Library of New Zealand – Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa – will be opening its 2017 programme of events with a curatorial summer lecture series. These four lectures will be held on successive Wednesdays, and will showcase the work of Alexander Turnbull Library curators. First up: Paul Diamond,  on Maori in editorial cartoons, […]

Symposium Update: Myriad Faces of War

The myriad faces of war: 1917 and its legacy symposium, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand, 25-28 April 2017 1917 was a seminal year in the history of the modern world. The First World War stressed the livelihoods and resources of nations, states and societies – combatant and otherwise – with often […]

CFP: Dissent and the First World War

DISSENT AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR 31 August – 2 September 2017 in Wellington The First World War divided New Zealand society in many ways. But in the current commemorative climate little attention has been paid to the perceptions and actions of those who opposed the war. Dissent may take many forms, and we hope […]

Autumn Events at VUW

Two Autumn Events in Wellington-Whanganui-a-Tara, 7-8 April 2017 – dates for your diaries! Members and friends of NZHA are invited to two events being hosted by the History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington – Te Whare Wånanga o te Upoko o Te Ika a Måui: Friday 7 April Professor Lynn Abrams, Head of History, University of […]

Archives 2057 discussion document

“How do we inspire the many diverse communities in New Zealand to participate, explore and use the record of government?” asks Archives New Zealand. You can answer this and other questions aimed at planning strategically for the next 50 years or so by responding to Archives’ discussion document 2057. Find it here, and respond by […]

NZHA Biennial Conference 2017

We are very pleased to announce the dates and venue for the 2017 biennial conference of the New Zealand Historical Association: 29-30 November and 1 December 2017. The conference will be formally opened at Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland on Wednesday 29 November. It will be preceded on Monday 28 November by pre-conference events to […]

Labour History Project MA Scholarship

The Labour History Project offers a one-off $2000 scholarship towards a MA degree on any aspect of New Zealand labour history. It gives particular consideration to applicants who have been active in the workforce and plan to study an aspect of labour history in the post-World War Two era. Applications for the scholarship must be […]

VUW Summer Scholarship, Auckland Musuem

Victoria University of Wellington is working with the Auckland Museum to offer a Summer Scholarship to a 300 or 400 level student to work on a project entitled ‘Life, Death and Disease in 1860s Wartime Auckland’. The successful scholar will use the collections of the Auckland Museum to examine the impact of war on the […]

New Historians’ Conference 2016: call for papers

The history postgraduate students at Victoria University of Wellington, Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui, warmly invite you to the 2016 New Historians Conference, to be held on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 October. First established in 2006 by Professor Melanie Nolan and postgraduate students, the conference attracts MA and PhD candidates […]

Manawatu-Rangitikei Regional News, June-July 2016

Manawatu has an active and engaged historical community. Groups interested and involved in Manawatu history met on Sunday 19 June at a meeting convened by the Palmerston North Heritage. They included: Archives Central; Palmerston North City Library Heritage Team; Palmerston North Branch NZ Society of Genealogists; Feilding Branch NZ Society of Genealogists; Fielding and Districts Community […]

Public engagement guidelines for researchers, scholars, and scientists

The Royal Society of New Zealand has published guidelines to “support the inclusive engagement of stakeholders in research, scholarship and science”. You can read about them and download them here. Stakeholders are broadly defined to include: researchers, scholars and scientists; the public and communities they serve; the media; and the various organisations for which researchers […]

NZHA Beginnings

At a recent NZHA planning meeting, the origins of the Association seemed a mystery to several of us who attended, whereas Raewyn Dalziel was so knowledgable she referred to documentary evidence as she spoke. We asked Raewyn Dalziel to write something about how NZHA began. Her short essay takes us through the evolving process of conferencing and decision-making that led […]

Thirty Million: free screening, climate change doco, 30 June

Thirty Million is a UN-funded documentary on how sea-level rise and climate change will affect the thirty million people of Bangladesh, the country widely considered the most vulnerable in the world to climate change. The Royal Society of New Zealand is hosting a free screening of the film on Thursday 30 June at 6pm in Wellington. The 35-minute documentary […]

Publishing Opportunity

PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITY: Are you interested in publishing a 5000 word article in History Compass, a quality and highly accessed international Wiley journal offering rapid, on-line, peer reviewed publication? Articles offer succinct historiographical pieces, and examples of new research. They also offer examples of best teaching practice.  Please contact section co-editor for Australasia and the Pacific […]

Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) Submissions

Have a say on proposals about access to Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) information. Make submissions on the Proposals Paper released by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Peter Dunne, earlier this week. The release of the Proposals Paper marks the second phase in the review of access provisions in the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and […]