NZHA 2017 Prizes announced

NZHA announced the winners of it’s biennial prizes during the conference dinner on Thursday 30 November, as follows: W. H. Oliver Prize: Ben Schrader, Big Smoke. NZHA Best First Book Prize: Ngarino Ellis, A Whakapapa of Tradition. Mary Boyd Prize: Vincent O’Malley, ‘Recording the incident with a monument’. The judges also highly commended Michael Stevens […]

New DNZB biographies coming soon

From 2018, Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, will be publishing new biographies in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. These will be included in modest annual batches. The first will celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Read Tim Shoebridge’s blog about the news here.

Congratulations Katie Pickles, James Cook Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Professor Katie Pickles, NZHA Past President, for her recent success in winning the James Cook Research Fellowship, for her project “The Heroine with a thousand faces”. This is a wonderful coup for the Humanities, and more specifically New Zealand history, feminist scholarship, and women’s history. Read more about Katie’s fellowship here.  

James Belich at Auckland Museum, 28 November

New Zealand historian James Belich shines as one of the most formidable of New Zealand’s intellectual exports. He returns as a distinguished guest of the University of Auckland especially for the New Zealand Historical Association conference Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Where Histories Meet. NZHA is delighted to present an evening with him in conversation with award-winning […]

Short-lists announced for NZHA book prizes

NZHA is grateful to Jock Phillips and Tom Brooking who took on the large task of judging this year’s History book prizes. The W. H. Oliver Prize is awarded biennially to the best book on any aspect of New Zealand history published. The Best First Book Prize is a new prize, being offered for the […]

AGM 2017: Notice to Members

Kia ora NZHA members. This notice repeats the information you will have received in the members’ newsletter last week: that the 2017 AGM has been set for Friday 1 December 2017, 1:30-3:00pm, at Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland, following the biennial conference, Histories Meet. Meeting papers will be made available via the website as they […]

Sir Richard J Evans, Wellington, Sunday 15 October

The Department of History and Art History at Otago will be hosting Sir Richard J. Evans, Regius Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Cambridge this October. He is arguably one of the best known historians in the world. Sir Richard is currently President of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and Provost of Gresham College in London. […]

Thinking about Indigenization in the University

We are delighted to have Professor Mary Jane McCallum, University of Winnipeg, join the line-up of keynote guests at this year’s NZHA conference, Histories Meet. Mary Jane generously agreed to us sharing this abridged version of a talk about Indigenous developments in her History Department that she gave recently as part of the University of […]

Archives NZ, Intentions to Dispose

Members of the public have until 9 September to comment on recommendations for the disposal of public records destroyed or damaged as a direct result of the Hurunui-Kaikoura earthquake and aftershocks. Archives New Zealand has notified its Intention to Dispose under the Public Records Act 2005, which you can read online here. Other Intentions to […]

150 Years of Discovery: Emerging Research Awards

The Royal Society Early Career Researcher Forum is running a three-minute video competition for early career researchers and postgraduate students. Organisers say ‘the spirit of the competition is to uncover great science and research stories’ from any discipline in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Entries close on 8 September. Find out all you need […]

Histories Meet Graduate Student Prize

The Auckland History Initiative is delighted to announce that it will award a prize of $350 for the best graduate student presentation in the Tāmaki Makaurau-Auckland theme at this year’s NZHA conference. Details about criteria and how to enter will be posted on the Histories Meet conference website.

Auckland History Initiative

The recently formed Auckland History Initiative (AHI), based in History at The University of Auckland, has the goal of invigorating engagement with the histories of Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland. Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is changing before our eyes. Most of Auckland’s current challenges are new versions of old problems, with their own powerful histories […]

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 […]

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: http://www.historiesmeet.org. 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 vuw.ac.nz 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 […]