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Talking about Tangata Whenua


Thu 30 Apr 2015, 5:30pm–7:30pm

Where: University of Waikato, Knighton Road, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: BWB

Atholl Anderson and Aroha Harris will be visiting Napier, Gisborne, Rotorua and Hamilton in April to talk about new perspectives on Māori history, drawing on their work for Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History.

Shortlisted for the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Science Book Prize, and described by Sir Tipene O’Regan as ‘one of the most significant books on the Māori world ever written’, this magnificent book presents a sweeping narrative from ancient origins in South China to the present day.

These free public talks offer an early glimpse into an exceptional new history that is important to all New Zealanders.

The event will be held in SG.02, S Block.

About the authors

Atholl Anderson CNZM, FRSNZ, FAHA, FSA (Ngai Tahu), brings to this project the experience of many years’ research throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans. He has directed numerous archaeological excavations, published prolifically, and been the recipient of many awards and distinctions. Working with tradition, he has made a significant contribution to tribal history in southern New Zealand, with books such as The Welcome of Strangers (1998) and Ngai Tahu: A Migration History, edited with Te Maire Tau (2008). He is an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University, Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Canterbury and Honorary Professor of Anthropology at the University of Otago.

Aroha Harris (Te Rarawa, Ngapuhi) is a Lecturer in History at the University of Auckland. Her PhD reflects her interest in Maori histories of the twentieth century. Aroha Harris also has a background in both historical and social research for various government agencies and iwi. Her writing has appeared in a number of articles, and in anthologies of short fiction and poetry. The author of a book on political protest in the late twentieth century, Hikoi (2004), she worked alongside others to establish Te Pouhere Korero, the national collective of Maori historians and researchers.

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