Shortlists for the NZHA Prizes

Kia ora koutou,

One of the most enjoyable parts of the NZHA Conference is always the Prize Giving. Owing to the high number of entries received for each prize, the NZHA Executive undertook to produce shortlists, before sending the chosen books and articles to the judges for a final decision. The Prize winners will be announced at the session beginning 12:45pm on the Friday of the Conference (26 November).

We would like to thank all those who submitted nominations, whether for their own work or for the work of another scholar. The quality of entries was extremely high and the Executive had a wonderful time reading through them. We would also like to acknowledge the publishers of the various books that were nominated – reading them was a much a visual treat as an intellectual one.

Our heartfelt congratulations to all the shortlisted authors for producing such outstanding pieces of scholarship. We certainly don’t envy the judges for having to chose between them!

The W.H. Oliver Prize for the Best Book on Any Aspect of New Zealand History

  1. Bain Attwood, Empire and the Making of Native Title: Sovereignty, Property and Indigenous People (Cambridge University Press).
  2. Catherine Bishop, Women Mean Business: Colonial Businesswomen in New Zealand (Otago University Press).
  3. Jared Davidson, Dead Letters: Censorship and Subversion in New Zealand, 1914-1920 (Otago University Press).
  4. Hirini Kaa, Te Hāhi Mihinare: The Māori Anglican Church (Bridget Williams Books).
  5. Julia Laite, The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey: A True Story of Sex, Crime and the Meaning of Justice (Profile Books).

The Erik Olssen Prize for the Best First Book by an Author on Any Aspect of New Zealand History

  1. Hirini Kaa, Te Hāhi Mihinare: The Māori Anglican Church (Bridget Williams Books).
  2. Jennifer Kain, Insanity and Immigration Control in New Zealand and Australia, 1860-1930 (Palgrave Macmillan).
  3. James Keating, Distant Sisters: Australasian Women and the International Struggle for the Vote (Manchester University Press).
  4. Benjamin Kingsbury, The Dark Island: Leprosy in New Zealand and the Quail Island Colony (Bridget Williams Books).

The Mary Boyd Prize for the Best Article on Any Aspect of New Zealand History

  1. Ella Arbury, ‘To Relieve the Distressing Housing Conditions’: Auckland’s Transit Camps, 1944-49, New Zealand Journal of History, 54:2 (2020), pp. 86-107.
  2. Matthew Birchall, History, Sovereignty, Capital: Company Colonization in South Australia and New Zealand, Journal of Global History, 16:1 (2021), pp. 141-157.
  3. Tiffany Jenks & Angela Wanhalla, Psychological Casualties: Rehabilitation, War Neurosis, and the Family in Post World War II New Zealand, History and Health, 22:2 (2020), pp. 1-25.
  4. Cheryl Ware, Sex Workers’ Responses to the HIV and AIDS Epidemic in Aotearoa New Zealand, Women’s History Review, 29:2 (2020).
  5. Philippa Wyatt, Keith Sinclair and the History of Humanitarianism, New Zealand Journal of History, 54:2 (2020), pp. 1-15.