NZHA Prizes

NZHA currently offers four history prizes, each awarded biennially. These will next be awarded at the 2023 New Zealand Historical Association Conference.

The 2021 awards were made to the following recipients:

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 2021, it was won by Matthew Birchall for ‘History, Sovereignty, Capital: Company Colonization in South Australia and New Zealand’, Journal of Global History, 16:1 (2021), pp. 141-157.

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. This prize was jointly awarded in 2021 to Bain Attwood for Empire and the Making of Native Title: Sovereignty, Property and Indigenous People (Cambridge University Press), and to Hirini Kaa for Hirini Kaa, Te Hāhi Mihinare: The Māori Anglican Church (Bridget Williams Books).

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 2021 this prize was awarded to Hirini Kaa for Te Hāhi Mihinare: The Māori Anglican Church (Bridget Williams Books).

In 2021 the New Zealand Historical Association presented an award for the best postgraduate paper presented at the NZHA conference. This prize was awarded to Sucharita Sen for her paper ‘Intimacies amidst Hierarchies: British Officers and their Indian Servants in Nineteenth-Century Imperial Households’.

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