NZHA currently offers three history prizes, each awarded biennially. Entries for this year’s prizes have closed, and the winners were announced at the NZHA biennial conference dinner on Thursday 30 November 2017. The prizes will next be offered in 2019.
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 2017, it was won by Vincent O’Malley, for his Journal of New Zealand Studies article ‘Recording the incident with a monument’. Two articles were highly commended, both published in the New Zealand Journal of History: Michael Stevens, ‘A “useful” approach to Māori history’, and Jane Adams, ‘The coital factor’.
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. The 2017 winner of the Oliver Prize was Ben Schrader’s Big Smoke.
The NZHA Best First Book Prize was offered for the first time in 2017, and awarded to Ngarino Ellis, A Whakapapa of Tradition. The award is for the best first book by an author on any aspect of New Zealand history. Nominations for the Best First Book Prize may also be considered for the W. H. Oliver Prize.