NZHA currently offers four history prizes, each awarded biennially. These will next be awarded at the 2021 New Zealand Historical Association Conference. The 2019 awards were presented to the following recipients at the conference dinner of the New Zealand Historical Conference hosted by Victoria University of Wellington.
The Mary Boyd prize is named in memory of Pacific historian Mary Beatrice Boyd (1921–2010). It is awarded for the best article on any aspect of New Zealand history published in a refereed journal. In 2019, it was won by Charlotte Macdonald (Victoria University of Wellington) for ‘Woolwich to Wellington: From Settler Colony to Garrisoned Sovereignty’, New Zealand Journal of History, Volume 53, No. 1 (April 2019), pp. 50-76.
Named after New Zealand historian and poet William (Bill) Oliver (1925-2015), the W. H. Oliver prize is awarded to the best book on any aspect of New Zealand history. Jonathan West (Stout Research Centre) was awarded this prize in 2019 for The Face of Nature: An Environmental History of the Otago Peninsula, published by Otago University Press in 2017.
The Erik Olssen Prize, named in recognition of New Zealand historian Erik Olssen, is awarded for the best first book by an author on any aspect of New Zealand history. Nominations for this prize may also be considered for the W. H. Oliver Prize. In 2019 this prize was awarded to Jane McCabe (University of Otago), for Race, Tea and Colonial Resettlement, published by Bloomsbury in 2017.
In 2019 the New Zealand Historical Association presented an award for the best postgraduate paper presented at the NZHA conference. This prize was awarded to Philippa Wyatt (Massey) for her paper on ‘Keith Sinclair and the History of humanitarianism’.