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 […]

The New Zealand Journal of Public History Call for Papers

The New Zealand Journal of Public History is soliciting articles, short critiques and commentaries for NZJPH4: Ethics in Public History. Contributions concerning ethical considerations around collecting, preservation and display, or the ethical tensions variously linking historians, stakeholders and commissioning bodies, would be particularly welcome. Submissions are invited from public historians working within a range of […]

The myriad faces of war: 1917 and its legacy

An international, multidisciplinary symposium in New Zealand to be held at 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 direct and […]

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 […]