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Tangata Whenua: Writing New Zealand History


Sat 15 Oct 2016, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: The Famous Spiegeltent, Havelock North Domain, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: $15.00
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Winner of multiple book awards, Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History charts the sweep of Māori history from ancient origins to the twenty-first century. Tryphena Cracknell leads a discussion with authors Professor Atholl Anderson and Dr Aroha Harris on the research underpinning it together with fellow historian and writer Dame Anne Salmond.

Dr Aroha Harris belongs to the iwi (tribes) Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi. She is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Auckland, and member of the Waitangi Tribunal. Her most recent book was a collaboration with Emeritus Professor Atholl Anderson and the late Dame Professor Judith Binney – Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History (2014), a history of Māori from the ancient past until the present.

Aroha has a wide range of academic and applied historical research experience, including research for the negotiation and settlement of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. Her current research interests are iwi Māori histories of Māori policy and community development in the modern era.

Atholl Anderson is an archaeologist and historian descended from Maori and Pakeha families of Foveaux Strait who has worked for more than 40 years across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, writing about pre-European voyaging and migration, the colonisation of islands, and the development of new societies with their impact upon island environments.

He is an Emeritus-Professor of the Australian National University who has written or edited 28 books and some 300 academic papers. His books on New Zealand include: Prodigious Birds: moas and moa-hunters in prehistoric New Zealand (Cambridge University Press 1989), The Welcome of Strangers: an ethnohistory of southern Maori, AD 1650-1850 (University of Otago Press, 1998), with Judith Binney and Aroha Harris, Tangata Whenua: an illustrated history (Bridget Williams Books, 2014) and most recently, The First Migration: Maori origins 3000BC-AD1450 (BWB Texts 2016). Atholl is currently the J.D. Stout Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington.

2013 New Zealander of the Year Dame Anne Salmond, historian, anthropologist and author, walks in two worlds, and through her books has tried to bring greater understanding of the Maori experience and how it shapes us as New Zealanders. Her books include a South Pacific biography of William Bligh, a study of Maori ceremonial gatherings and the voyages of James Cook.

She is currently writing about cross-cultural exchanges in New Zealand, and Maori philosophy. Dame Anne has been elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences and in 2013 was awarded the Rutherford Medal.

Tryphena Cracknell
Te Iwi o Rongomaiwahine curator, historian, writer, teacher

Tryphena grew up in Hawkes’ Bay, attending William Colenso College before studying history at Victoria University, Wellington. She has lectured at EIT Hawke’s Bay and remains actively involved. Currently, Tryphena is Curator Taonga Māori at MTG Hawke’s Bay Museum. Her museum career started at Te Papa Tongarewa two decades ago. After taking a few years out of the sector to raise her sons and to teach in early childhood education, she started at MTG in 2010.

Tryphena is on the Museums Aotearoa Board as a representative for Kāhui Kaitiaki: the network of Māori staff working in Aotearoa’s museums and galleries. Her most recent exhibition, Tēnei Tonu, was a finalist in the 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards. Her book, Momo kauae: Moko kauae in contemporary art was a finalist in the 2015 Ngā Kupu Ora Māori book awards.

She is currently researching the vibrant musical history of Hawke’s Bay iwi for an exhibition that opens at MTG in February 2017, He Manu Tīoriori.

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