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  • Teaching #AotearoaNZhistories

    While preparing lectures to teach an amazing course on Christianity in Aotearoa, there is no shortage of phenomenal books and resources (including online) now available. New Zealand authors and publishers have done fantastically well in recent times re Aotearoa NZ history. Here’s just a snapshot of a few – on my desk today:

  • Some brief notes on Christianity and te Tiriti o Waitangi

    3 February 2023 Christian (Protestant Evangelical) missions to New Zealand began with Samuel Marsden and chief Ruatara in 1814. By the late 1830s, Europeans were trying to purchase large tracts of land, and colonization companies were sending ships of settlers to the country. The British Government stepped in, with James Stephen at the Colonial Office…

  • What I’m Reading – VLOG #3 – Aotearoa New Zealand Histories framework

    An outline of the new Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum, and some critique of language and content. Links: Content Overview | Aotearoa NZ’s Histories ( Te Tiriti o Waitangi / School Journal Story Library / Instructional Series / English – ESOL – Literacy Online website – Instructional Series (

  • What I’m Reading – VLOG #2

    Here’s the second instalment of my blog talking about what I’m reading and my reflections on the material: this week continues reflections on Maori peacemaking and the effects of Christian missionary work on peacemaking methods and opportunities. Books: Angela Ballara, Taua (Penguin, 2003); Ross Calman, Life of Te Rauparaha (AUP, 2020); and L Rogers, ed.,…

  • What I’m reading – VLOG #1

    I’ve started a Video Log to talk about what I’m reading and what I’m thinking about in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand and the British world and empire.

  • … and more books

    It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted. I’m still busy collecting and reading relevant historiography. Just took a photo now of the latest arrivals. I’m also starting to frame up my first chapter. It’s been nice to see some ideas come together even though quite rough and tentative. In other history news, I was…