Recent New Zealand History Talks

Event: Auckland Writers Festival Event: Past and Present

Date: Friday 26 August 2022

Summary: Sociologist Joanna Kidman (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa) and historian Vincent O’Malley make a formidable team, as partners in life and scholarship. They both contributed to the recently published Fragments from a Contested Past: Remembrance, Denial and New Zealand History, and co-lead the Marsden Fund project – He Taonga te Wareware?: Remembering and Forgetting Difficult Histories in Aotearoa New Zealand – a three-year study into how the 19th-century NZ Wars have shaped memory, identity and history. 

O’Malley is a founding partner of HistoryWorks and the author of the 2022 Ockham NZ Book Awards General Non-Fiction winner Voices from the New Zealand Wars | He Reo nō ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa. Kidman is a Professor of Sociology with a particular interest in youth movements and higher education. They speak with Dale Husband about their writing, passions and collaborations.



PAST & PRESENT: KIDMAN & O’MALLEY (2022) from Auckland Writers Festival on Vimeo.


Event: Contesting the Past: Remembrance, Denial and New Zealand History

Date:  Tuesday 12 July 2022

Summary: History has rarely felt more topical or relevant as, all across the globe, nations have begun to debate who, how and what they choose to remember and forget. From the removal of the statue of Captain Hamilton formerly displayed in the centre of the city that bears his name, to the renaming of sites that recall colonial violence such as Von Tempsky Street and the town of Maxwell north of Whanganui, on the 159th anniversary of the British Army's invasion of the Waikato, Vincent O'Malley discusses how we remember and forget our own history.  


Event: AMI Humanities Lecture: The Great War for New Zealand and the Making of Auckland 

Date: Tuesday 5 July 2022

Summary: In the inaugural Auckland Museum Institute Humanities Lecture for 2022, Dr O’Malley describes how the Great War for New Zealand, begun from the invasion of Waikato in 1863, played out in Tāmaki Makaurau, and the legacy it left behind.

In his acclaimed 2016 book The Great War for New Zealand, Dr Vincent O’Malley argued that it was in the invasion of Waikato in 1863, and not either world war, that was the defining conflict in New Zealand history. War in the Waikato shaped the nation in many ways and caused incalculable misery and lasting harm for many Māori communities. But as the same book highlighted, it also sealed Auckland’s future. In this lecture, O’Malley describes how the conflict played out in Tāmaki Makaurau and the legacy it left behind.





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