NZHA Newsletter

November 2022

Tēnā koutou,

The NZHA Executive and Council have met regularly throughout the year to kōrero on all things NZHA. Our AGM is on Friday, December 2 at 9 am (via zoom) – so please join us if you are available. (Zoom link is included at the bottom of this newsletter).

We are in the throws of planning the 2023 NZHA Conference to be held in Ōtautahi | Christchurch from the 21st to 24th of November at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | The University of Canterbury.  

The broad kaupapa for the conference is “History in Practice – History in the real world”. Keep an eye out for a Call for Papers in the New Year.

NZHA currently offers four history prizes, each awarded biennially. These will next be awarded at the 2023 Conference. A call for entries will also go out in the New Year for these.

We are excited about what 2023 will bring for history in Aotearoa|New Zealand with the updated history curriculum coming into schools in the New Year.

Some further updates from around the motu are included below.

The Executive wishes you and your whānau a Meri Kirihimete.

Noho ora mai,

The NZHA Executive

Te Maire Tau, Greg Ryan, Martin Fisher, and Madi Williams.

NZJH Update

2021-22 has been a year of significant change for the New Zealand Journal of History in two important respects – one relates to signing up with the esteemed platform provider Project MUSE which currently manages over 700 journals internationally. The second relates to the new agreement with the NZHA to include the NZJH subscription along with the subscription and benefits of membership of the NZHA.

Project MUSE: As this is still in its early phases, we have little to report on it yet. The link provided by Project MUSE appears to be much more reliable than in the past, with our Business Manager Jennifer Ashton reporting how in the past that she regularly received emails from subscribers who could not access the journal online, and this is no longer an issue. We are currently sending back issues to Project MUSE to upload and make available for subscribers. The great benefit of Project MUSE for our authors is that each article is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), a unique, persistent identifying number for a document published online, giving it more visibility internationally.

The joint subscription to the NZHA and the NZJH emerged from the NZHA survey which indicated a strong desire for its members to receive the journal as part of their subscription to the Association. The partnership was proposed by the NZJH Board of Management and agreed to at the 2021 NZHA AGM. Students’ subscription to the NZHA, including two issues of the journal annually, continues to be free of charge as before.

News from the Canterbury History Department

Sadly, in September we lost distinguished Emeritus Professor W David McIntyre. He will be greatly missed by his many ex-students and colleagues. His work and influence lives on in the department’s teaching and research. This wonderful tribute by Sue Onslow and Philip Murphy captures David’s significance.

Peter Field is the current head of Humanities and Creative Arts. Lyndon Fraser took over as Head of Department mid-year. Heather Wolffram is overseas on study leave. Congratulations to David Monger, who will become an Associate Professor on 1 January 2023. His latest publication is ‘A ‘not Uncongenial Task’: British propaganda veterans and propaganda’s post-First World War reputation’, First World War Studies

This November Jane Buckingham co-convened (with Ritodhi Chakrabarthy UC) the New Zealand South Asia Centre Annual Symposium on ‘South Asian Pluralities’, an international, hybrid symposium. Jane is the current president of the Canterbury Historical Association. Evgeny Pavlov gave a well-attended CHA presentation following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Chris Jones won the prestigious UK Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in advancing cultural heritage science as part of the team at Nottingham Trent University for work on the Canterbury Roll. Chris was recently appointed as Placement Editor (Medieval History) for the on-line review forum H-France and section editor for ‘Power 1100-1550, Routledge Resources Online – Medieval Studies. 

Katie Pickles’ new book, the major result of a James Cook Research Fellowship, Heroines in History: A Thousand Faces was published in July. Two other new publications examine Christchurch’s public and decolonising history: ‘The Ruptured City Ten Years On’ and ‘Christchurch’s Cathedral Square and the Importance of Public Squares’, New Zealand Journal of Public History

Te Putāke O Te Riri – the New Zealand Wars Centre – Pukehinahina-Gate Pa

This year Tauranga has made some real progress towards the establishment of Te Putāke O Te Riri – the New Zealand Wars Centre – Pukehinahina-Gate Pā. It is intended that the future centre tell the story of the 19th century New Zealand Wars but with a focus on the 1864 Battles of Gate Pā and Te Ranga and their aftermath.

The project is being advanced by the Pukehinahina Charitable Trust in close association with local Ngāti Ranginui hapu, Ngāi Tamarawaho and with the support of the Tauranga City Council and has an aspirational completion date of 2026.

Project Manager for the Pukehinahina Charitable Trust and Ngāi Tamarawaho hapu member, Buddy Mikaere, says that while the project is a challenging one, supporting submissions from the general public have been encouraging. The centre is to be established partly on the actual 1864 Gate Pā battle site and the land involved is to have its status changed from recreational reserve to historic reserve which is more in keeping with its future use.

“The Trust hopes to lodge the application for the necessary resource consents by the end of the year” Mr Mikaere said.

The Trust has had preliminary discussions with Ian Taylor of Dunedin’s Animated Research Ltd as to what the future exhibits might look like, and the intention is to use the very latest in available technology to provide a unique and memorable visitor experience.  It is intended that research facilities will also be made available, and the centre will be the start point for tours of the city’s other historical sites.

NZSA Heritage Book Awards 2022

The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc)

Non-fiction Book

Winner: Shifting Grounds: Deep Histories of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland by Lucy Mackintosh (Bridget Williams Books)Lucy Mackintosh’s revisiting of familiar Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland landscapes through new lenses, an approach she calls deep history, epitomises the contemporary need for well-researched histories that go beyond the obvious or well-known, peeling away layers to reveal not only the injustices that played out in nineteenth-century Aotearoa New Zealand, but also the cross-cultural exchanges and relationships that are often overlooked.

Judith Binney Trust 2023 Fellowship and Writing Awards

Judith Binney Fellow

Dr Linda Te Aho

Dr Linda Te Aho (Ngāti Korokī Kahukura, Ngāti Mahuta) is an Associate Professor at Te Piringa Faculty of Law, University of Waikato. She grew up in Tokoroa.

As the Judith Binney Fellow for 2023 Linda will use the grant to produce a history of Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, exploring complex issues relating to iwi and hapū identity in the Waikato, and analysing the impact of Treaty settlement processes on smaller claimant groups.

Judith Binney Writing Awards

Dr Sebastian Hepburn-Roper

Dr Sebastian Hepburn-Roper is a recent PhD graduate in History from the University of Otago. He is Dunedin-born and was raised in Invercargill. His research focuses on the intersection between maritime, economic, social and imperial history in the context of pre-colonial New Zealand and the wider Tasman/Pacific world.

Sebastian will use a Judith Binney Writing Award for his project ‘Firearms on the Fringe of Empire: Muskets in the Pacific World, 1800-1840,’ expanding on work carried out for a PhD thesis looking at the ways in which British and to a lesser extent American and French commerce in the Pacific maritime world was responsible for the spread of firearms across the region.

Dr Claire Macindoe

Dr Claire Macindoe is an Ōtepoti/Dunedin-based early career researcher and historian of 20th century public health and medicine.

The Judith Binney Writing Award will enable Claire to revise her PhD thesis ‘The Radio Doctor – Broadcasting Health into the Home: Assessing New Zealand’s changing Public Health needs through the talks of Dr H. B. Turbott, 1943 – 1984’ into a manuscript for publication.

Marsden Grants 2022

A range of projects related to history in Aotearoa have been successful in the 2022 Marsden fund.

Connecting to the Colonial: Exploring the power of archaeological science to humanise the past

Dr CL King (PI) University of Otago

Professor HR Buckley (AI) University of Otago

Professor NE Longnecker (AI)

Moa hunting, mahinga kai and Māori economic practices – 1300 to 1450 AD.

Professor RK Walter (PI) University of Otago

Professor KG Douglass (AI) The Pennsylvania State University

Dr KL Greig (AI) University of Otago

Dr CNT Phillips (AI) University of Otago

Dr M Tromp (AI) University of Otago

Mapping Niue texts in and beyond Aotearoa: Expanding on New Zealand Realm connections to Niue through archival texts

Dr JLP Pasisi (PI) University of Otago

Professor A Te Punga Somerville (AI) University of British Columbia

Empowering Indigenous knowledge: Decolonisation and Indigenisation of Gallery, Library, Archival, Museum and Records (GLAMR) institutions

Associate Professor SC Lilley (PI) Victoria University of Wellington

Taniwha: A Cultural History

Dr KH Dunn (PI) University of Canterbury

Dr MM Williams (AI) University of Canterbury

Aotearoa Gender History Network workshop

Women’s and gender histories in 2020s Aotearoa, Te Wai Pounamu and Moana Nui a Kiwa

Waipapa Taumata Rau University of Auckland 

21–22 Hui-tanguru February 2023

general registration $80 / ECR and unwaged $25 

Register here

The programme features 25 research presentations by emerging and established historians working across Aotearoa. Over two days we will discuss topics ranging from histories of whānau and family fragmentation to the South Island rock music scene, postnatal depression to menopause, and fatherhood to trans life stories. The workshop will consider current findings and future directions in Aotearoa women’s and gender histories. Registrations close on 10 February 2023. 

The Workshop is supported by the University of Auckland History Innovation Fund and the New Zealand Historical Association. 

Inquiries to and

Family History Network

An outcome of the 2021 NZHA conference was the formation of a Family History Network group, developed out of one of the conference’s lunchtime get-togethers.

Over the past year the group have been meeting monthly via zoom sessions, which usually involve a presentation and discussion format.  The group includes people from diverse backgrounds including academic history, public history,  sociology and education, making for some very interesting and informative discussions!

The Network plans to continue meeting and finding ways to work together more over 2023. Anyone else is welcome to join the group; please contact Carol Neill to be added to the mail list.

AGM Zoom Link

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