Tag: New Zealand history

  • #From the Archives, no. 2

    In writing a Concise Life of Henry Williams, I am busy tracking down some critical primary sources. One important set of these are the journals of his uncle, the musician and composer extraordinaire, John Marsh. He kept a detailed and lively dairy, which was then turned into a fuller narrative Journal; all 37 volumes of […]

  • #From the Archives

    Exciting to discover today various sources new to me, on the amazing digital collection of CMS records on the National Library Australia website (https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1350490952/findingaid?digitised=y) – only recently digitized. One record I definitely hadn’t seen before was Henry Williams offering himself for missionary service, in January 1820. This is about five years after he was discharged […]

  • What I’m Reading – VLOG#5

    Correspondence of Wiremu Tamehana, AJHR 1865: AtoJs Online — Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives — 1865 Session I — E-11 RETURN OF THE CORRESPONDENCE SIGNED OR PURPORTING TO BE SIGNED BY WILLIAM THOMPSON TE WAHAROA, ETC. (natlib.govt.nz) Tony Ballantyne, NZJH, 2011: New Zealand Journal of History – document (auckland.ac.nz)

  • What I’m Reading – VLOG #4 – Interpreting te Tiriti o Waitangi

    After my post last week critiquing some content on the treaty from the new Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum, I was asked to explain my take on the treaty translation issue. I continue to do historical research and writing on the texts and contexts of the treaty of Waitangi (or te Tiriti o Waitangi), and […]

  • 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 (education.govt.nz) Te Tiriti o Waitangi / School Journal Story Library / Instructional Series / English – ESOL – Literacy Online website – Instructional Series (tki.org.nz)

  • 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.

  • Interview with Bradford Haami about my PhD thesis

    Recorded in September 2021 In September 2021, I was interviewed on Zoom by Brad Haami, historian and published author and Pou Amorangi/Māori Director and lecturer at Laidlaw College, Henderson. The interview covered the following subjects or themes: the influence of the Biblical texts on Māori language and thought, and social and political structures. the influence […]

  • Te Rauparaha & Son.

    I’m doing some work on the correspondence and recorded speeches of Tamihana Te Rauparaha, son of Ngāti Toa rangatira, Te Rauparaha. The father has the more historical fame (or infamy) attached to his name – in part for conquering deeds of the 1820s-30s in the Kāpiti Coast region and in Te Wai Pounamu. However the […]

  • Thesis writing … and ‘the romance of the archive’

    Well it’s been some considerable time since I’ve posted. A principal reason for this is that I’ve been focussed on writing this past year, and will be for the forseeable future… But I continue to make fascinating discoveries archivally. I  sighted properly for the first time today the draft version of He Wakaputanga o Te […]