Farewell Hazel

We were very sorry to hear of the recent passing of Dr Hazel Riseborough, now aged 90. Hazel was a lovely person who felt, and lived, her love of history with a passion. She especially felt the hurts inflicted on Māori. Hazel and Danny worked together at Massey University in the 1990s, teaching two papers together – at least, Hazel taught the papers, Danny assisted. When Hazel retired, Danny was… Read more »

Wars Without End

Revised and updated version of Wars Without End (2009) to be published by Penguin Books in late 2020 or early 2021 – watch this space.

Danny’s new book

A completely revised and undated version of Wars Without End (Penguin, 2009) will be published by Penquin books later this year, or early next year, covid-19 willing .. watch this space for details.

Coronavirus 2019

How terrible is the news that, in the USA, the third worst affected area, behind New York and New Jersey, is the Navaho Nation of South West USA. Thinking of all our dear friends in the USA ..

Coronavirus – Saving our Planet

Wherever you are, we pray you will be safe in these troubled times. The French historian, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, once wrote of the ‘unification of the world by disease’. He was writing about the 14th to 17th centuries. But it sadly applies today, one world united by disease, with so much to save. We hope you all stay well.

Sesquicentenary 30 yrs on

During next year, 2020, we will commemorate many past events. One that might get overlooked is the Sesquicentenary of 1990 which of course was quite an event, at the time at least. New Zealanders were asked to reflect on what it meant to be a New Zealander, especially where relations with Māori were concerned. Strangely enough, the Land Wars rated barely a mention; they certainly didn’t have the profile they… Read more »

Parihaka and the historians

The essay below, which assesses some of the recent literature on Parihaka, was included in the original draft of the book Te Whiti O Rongomai and the Resistance of Parihaka (Huia, 2015). However, at the request of the publisher, the first draft was substantially reduced to about 100,000 words; and, as a consequence, the literature review was removed. Below is a summary of that literature review. In 1993, a seminar series ‘open to the… Read more »

Terror in our Midst

The shootings in Christchurch on Friday 15 March 2019 were shocking, of course. Our Muslim community has been rightly embraced as family, especially by Ngai Tahu rangatira and whānau of Te Waiponamu. The 1st April issue of TIME magazine has an awesome cover, designed by Ruby Jones of Wellington. The TVNZ symbol used during news coverage suggested unity and inclusiveness, simply expressed. French movie composer Georges Delarue, has composed this really nice piece of music, from… Read more »

Tutu Te Puehu – NZ Wars

 A new book on the New Zealand Wars has been released –  Tutu Te Peuhu, New Perspectives on the New Zealand Wars. This new book was launched at Parliament in Wellington on 23 October 2018. On hand to do the honours were Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence, and Hon Nania Mahuta, Minister of Maori Development. The book is edited by noted and prodigious military historians Dr Ian McGibbon and Dr John… Read more »

Māori Affairs and Reform

The sad passing of Koro Wetere on 23 June 2018 marked quite a milestone for Māori politics, and Māori history. As a Minister in the reforming Fourth Labour Government, Wetere had his hands on significant pieces of legislation, not least that affecting the Waitangi Tribunal. But the viability of Māori futures, independent of the Crown, was also in his sights. It was all a long way from the relaxed, rural… Read more »