Nau mai, haere mai

Welcome to the website for the New Zealand Historical Association Conference 2017, Histories Meet. Here you will be able to register, and read updates about the conference programme as it develops.

Are you looking for the conference programme? Find it here

He maumaharatanga | Farewelling Tracey Banivanua Mar, 1974-2017

Maringi noa ngā roimata, ka hotu te whatumanawa, ka apakura ngā mahara mōu kua wehe nei, e te wahine māia, e te waha whakakupu o ngā kōrero o ngai tātou ngā iwi taketake. Waiho mā te tautitotito o ngā ngā reo rōreka o ēnei motu koe e kawe ki runga i ngā ngaru o Te Moananui-ā-Kiwa, whakaparo ai, ā whakarewangia ki te wāhi ngaro, ki ngā huinga nohoanga o te iwi kua moe.

Tears flow freely, our hearts quiver, and our memories lament your passing, courageous one, one who gave voice to our stories. Let the birdsong of our people, retelling our stories, composing anew, hold your spirit aloft above the waves of the Pacific, before finally gathering you to your ancestors.

Nei rā te kōrero, mā hea e ea atu ai a aitua tua atu i a roimata me hupe, me te aroha noa hei whakakī i ngā wāhi kau. Whoatu. Haere i runga i te rangimārie; moe mai, moe mai, okioki mārie mai.

As it is said, how can the death of a loved one be faced other than with grief at the loss, and love to fill the empty spaces. Go to the place where we one day will follow. Go in peace; rest, rest, rest in peace.

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge and farewell colleague, friend and respected scholar Associate Professor Tracey Banivanua Mar, who was to join us at Histories Meet. E kore e mutu ngā mihi ki a ia.

Conference News and Announcements:

The Auckland History Initiative is offering a prize for the best student presentation on the Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland theme. Details about criteria and eligibility is available HERE.

History at the University of Auckland is pleased to support the Graduate Day scheduled for 28 November. Click the Graduate Day tab for details.

Details of our programme of keynote events are now available. Please click on the Keynote Events tab.

Conference Themes: This year’s conference themes are set along two main lines:

Aotearoa – New Zealand, encouraging presentations on any aspect of New Zealand history, including reflection on its past and future; and

Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland, interested in Auckland broadly defined, and urban spaces more generally, its many histories and many peoples.

Related specific themes include: tangata whenua, Pasifika, and Asian histories; academic history, including its current state and status; public histories; transnational histories; gender; and teaching history.

About Histories Meet: The biennial conference is the centrepiece of NZHA activities. It is a gathering of leading historians from Aotearoa-New Zealand and the world, coming together to share, listen and learn from the latest research into New Zealand history. Bringing together some of the brightest minds and best communicators, the conference will not only shed light on the past but provides insights in to New Zealand’s present and future. The theme this year is Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Where Histories Meet, celebrating Auckland as a meeting place of people, of culture and of ideas from throughout New Zealand and across the world.

The conference is hosted by the NZHA executive committee. Its regular features include the long-standing J. C. Beaglehole lecture, the Wiremu Maihi Te Rangikāheke memorial lecture which was established in association with Te Pouhere Kōrero, and biennial prizes outstanding works of New Zealand history. This year the conference will include a keynote panel invited to discuss New Zealand history past, present, and future in celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the New Zealand Journal of History.

About NZHA: NZHA is an incorporated society founded in 1973. Our main objective is to promote historical study, teaching, and research. Find out more here:

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