Keynote Events

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.

Keynote Speakers

The hosts of Tāmaki Herenga Waka are delighted to offer a programme of keynote events that will join and enhance this gathering of leading historians, as we share, listen and learn from the latest research into New Zealand history. Bringing together some of the brightest minds and best communicators, Tāmaki Herenga Waka celebrates New Zealand history as a meeting place of people, of culture and of ideas from throughout New Zealand and across the world. Keynote details are as follows.

An Evening with James Belich, in conversation with Finlay Macdonald

Tuesday 28 November | 6:00pm | Auckland War Memorial Museum Auditorium

New Zealand historian James Belich shines as one of the most formidable of New Zealand’s intellectual exports. He returns as a distinguished guest of the University of Auckland especially for the New Zealand Historical Association conference Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Where Histories Meet. The NZHA is delighted to present an evening with him in conversation with award-winning journalist and broadcaster Finlay Macdonald at the Auckland Museum. Join us to hear his experiences with history at Oxford University and his reflections on where New Zealand history is at in 2017.

RSVP: Seats are limited. Please RSVP here.

James Belich details

Wiremu Maihi Te Rangikāheke Memorial Lecture

Established in 2011, the Wiremu Maihi Te Rangikāheke Memorial Lecture celebrates the life and works of this outstanding Ngāti Rangiwewehi scholar and historian.

Wednesday 29 November | 10:45am | Tānenuiarangi, Waipapa Marae

Monty Soutar (Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Auckland War Memorial Museum)

The 28th (Māori) Battalion: What Lessons Can We Learn?

In January 1946 the men of the 28th (Maori) Battalion disembarked in Wellington. They were back from the Second World War. They brought with them a tremendous reputation as frontline infantrymen. That the unit had performed superbly, defying expectation and establishing its reputation as an elite unit was undeniable. Its casualty rate, however, was high ― 70 per cent either killed, wounded or made prisoners of war. Dr Soutar will examine the lessons that New Zealanders can take from the Maori Battalion’s war experience and discuss how we might apply them to the challenges in life we face today.


Monty Soutar (Ngāti Porou) is a Historian with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and World War One Historian-in-Residence at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, where he specialises in Maori history. He has worked widely with iwi and Māori communities, as demonstrated by his book Nga Tama Toa (Bateman, 2008), which told the story of the 28th Maori Battalion in the Second World War through letters, diaries and oral testimonies from over a hundred veterans and their wives. This year he publishes Whitiki, another major work about Māori in the Great War. Currently he is leading a digital project on Treaty of Waitangi Settlements in New Zealand. He has been a teacher, soldier and lecturer and has held a number of appointments on national advisory boards, including the First World War Centenary Panel and the Waitangi Tribunal.

Celebrating 50 Years of the New Zealand Journal of History: keynote panel

Old Government House Lecture Theatre | Wednesday 29 November | 5:45pm

The New Zealand Journal of History, the ground-breaking creation of Keith Sinclair and his colleagues in the University of Auckland’s History Department, was established in 1967. Since then it has been the place of provocative debates, of creative storytelling and of insightful analysis. It remains the premier journal for academic writing on New Zealand history. Join our panel of invited guests for a discussion of the Journal’s colourful past and exciting and problematic future.


– James Belich, Professor of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Oxford University.
– Barbara Brookes, Professor of History, University of Otago, and current Editor of the New Zealand Journal of History.
– Mary Jane Logan McCallum, Professor in the Department of History, University of Winnipeg.
– Deborah Montgomerie, formerly Senior Lecturer in History, The University of Auckland, and formerly Editor of the New Zealand Journal of History.

A reception at Old Government House will follow the panel.

The Memory of a Nation: An Historian and New Zealand’s National Identity

J C Beaglehole Lecture | Thursday 30 November | University of Auckland Library B15 | 5:30pm

Named after esteemed historian John Cawte Beaglehole, and established in 1973, this lecture is a long-standing centrepiece of NZHA activities.

Dame Claudia Orange (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa)

Something of a revolution in public attitudes towards indigenous rights and the country’s history and heritage has occurred in the last 20 to 40 years. Tribunal research has broken many grounds. Its online reports have expanded our knowledge and understanding of Crown-Maori relationships. And the on-line history work of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage has increasingly ‘opened the books’ for students and researchers on a range of subject areas. Research institutions have responded with digitisation and new processes. The results are greater public awareness of the multiple narratives of the nation and a growing richness in New Zealand’s historiography.

In the 1990s the trend of accepting the country’s bi-cultural and even multi-cultural identity also found greater expression in museums and this was especially so in the national museum Te Papa Tongarewa, which opened in 1998 with a strong bi-cultural identity. Museum work elsewhere has also reflected new voices when creating exhibitions. Yet history in secondary schools lags behind, while university history staff are concerned about declining numbers.

Following a personal journey, this lecture deals with some of the publications, events and institutions of recent decades that have played significant roles in New Zealand history, adding to academic debate and impacting or filtering into the public domain. It notes that where historians work has an influence on the likely impact of their research. While most no doubt hope that in exploring the past they inform students and help the reading public to better understand the present, some are playing a broader part in influencing the history of our nation and shaping its future. It asks: what, then, are the questions that New Zealand historians should be asking about history?


Dame Claudia Orange is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, having previously been responsible for the museum’s collections, and then its research. She was General Editor of the multi-volume Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (1990–2003), and also served as Chief Historian at the Department of Internal Affairs (1997–2000). She was awarded the OBE in 1993, received the University of Auckland’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997, and in 2009 received the honour of Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She has published widely on New Zealand history and race relations, and is probably best known for her considerable expertise on the Treaty of Waitangi. Her most recent publications are new editions of her award-winning book The Treaty of Waitangi (2011) and The Story of a Treaty (2013).

Conference Dinner and Announcement of NZHA History Prizes

Thursday 30 November | 7:00pm

During the conference dinner we will announce the winners of the biennial NZHA History Prizes:

  • the W H Oliver prize for best book;
  • the NZHA prize for best first book; and
  • the Mary Boyd prize for best article.
Partnerships, Populations and Physicians: Caution and Collision at the Intersection of History and Health Science

Friday 1 December | 11:15am | Tānenuiarangi, Waipapa Marae

Mary Jane Logan McCallum (University of Winnipeg)

In this talk, I discuss some of the ways my work as a scholar of twentieth-century Indigenous history has intersected with mainstream community health science research and researchers. Using examples drawn from a research project on Indigenous histories of tuberculosis in Manitoba, a collaborative group project to examine racism in the death of an Indigenous man in a local ER hospital, and negotiating health privacy regulations and Indigenous research ethics in archival and critical historical projects, I will discuss critical points where historical and health science research have ‘approached with caution’ and, in some ways, collided.


Dr Mary Jane Logan McCallum (Lunaape, Munsee Delaware Nation) is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. Her areas of interest include Indigenous–state relations, Indigenous women’s history and modern Indigenous history, especially in the fields of health, education and labour. Her first book, Indigenous Women, Work and History, 1940–1980 (University of Manitoba Press) explores women’s labour in the fields of domestic service, nursing, and federal training and placement programs for Indigenous people in urban and reserve communities. She is currently studying Indigenous histories of tuberculosis in the province of Manitoba in the years 1930 to 1970.


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