Why is the Treaty of Waitangi and its history important? 🔊

Why is the Treaty of Waitangi and its history important? 🔊

In 1987, Dame Claudia Orange published her best-selling book The Treaty of Waitangi. In what was a comprehensive look at the Treaty and its history, Orange’s book remains one of the most significant and popular New Zealand history books. It has also now been...
What’s wrong with the Anzac mythology?

What’s wrong with the Anzac mythology?

By James Robins “In salvaging these stories of bloodshed and terror, heroism and humanity, we must pick apart the grand mythology which has smothered and replaced them.” A blue dawn broke over the hush, new light disputing the cool wash of lamp glow....
Broken survivors: With them through hell

Broken survivors: With them through hell

By Anna Rogers [W]ork . . . will be needed to care for the poor broken survivors . . . there will not be the excitement of preparing for a convoy of wounded, or of passing through a casualty clearing station the large numbers of recently wounded. There will not be the...
Does New Zealand’s history matter?

Does New Zealand’s history matter?

By Felicity Barnes New Zealand historian Felicity Barnes takes exception to the idea that New Zealand’s past is somehow “too small, too parochial” to compete with bigger, global stories. News site Newsroom recently published a passionate call for more of our history...