Showing posts from September, 2016

Public Talk: The Great War for New Zealand

The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000 Public talk at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato When : Sunday 9 October 2016, 4.30 – 7 p.m. Where : Waikato Museum Lecture Theatre, 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton Website : Vincent O’Malley talks with Waikato-Tainui representatives Tom Roa and Rahui Papa about this landmark publication, which will be launched at the Waahi Poukai on 8 October. Spanning nearly two centuries from first contact through to settlement and apology, The Great War for New Zealand focuses on the human impact of the Waikato War, its origins and aftermath. The book arrives as the Government announces a national day of commemoration for the conflict and key sites are returned to iwi. Find out more at .

Kīngitanga and Crown: New Zealand’s Māori King Movement and its Relationship with the British Monarchy

A new book published last month as part of Manchester University Press’s Studies in Imperialism series explores the many connections between European monarchies and their overseas colonies. Crowns and Colonies: European Monarchies and Overseas Empires is edited by Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery and draws in many cases on papers presented at a conference on the same theme held at the University of Sydney in June 2014. I presented a paper at that conference on the historical relationship between the Kīngitanga and the British royal family and a revised version of this appears in Crowns and Colonies . The following synopsis sets out some of the key themes explored in my chapter. In December 1953 Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to meet with a Māori monarch when she travelled to Tūrangawaewae. King Koroki (right) and Princess Piki, the future Te Arikinui Dame Te Ātairangikaahu (left), welcome the British visitors on to the marae.