Writing this site

The writer of this site is Danny Keenan (Ngāti Te Whiti, Te Ātiawa) who has a PhD in history, obtained from Massey University in 1994. Thereafter, he lectured in the History Department until 2005. Danny’s PhD thesis examined the Native Land Court in Taranaki in the 1860s.

Read Danny’s PhD Thesis

Georgetown University, Washington DC In 2009, Danny was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to teach at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He taught a course entitled Last Outpost of Empire? New Zealand, National Identity and Māori to 35 extremely able American students.

Danny Keenan

Danny has published widely on Māori and New Zealand history, mostly political history / Māori and the State in the 19th century. Click here  to see some of his published material –  Published work   

You can read some of this published material directly on line by clicking on the respective image. Other material will be uploaded shortly. Our aim is to have everything ever published by Danny  available here, directly on line.

Our Logo

The logo used in this website was designed by Erin Keenan in  about 1998, when aged about 14 years old. Erin says the logo represents ‘peace arising from the troubled land’.

Dr Erin with sisters - from left, Lauren, Erin, Philippa and (Dr) Ngaire (who is a gynecologist).Erin has gone on to get a PhD in Māori history, graduating in 2013. Her thesis reframed notions of ‘Māori urban migration’ by presenting Māori as perennially nomadic, and given to migration, ever since the ancient times, up to the modern era. 

When Erin’s thesis is available on line, from Victoria University, we will insert a link here, to enable direct access to her amazing research.

Our photos

Bryn and young Holly, Oakura, New Plymouth, 2013This website also features the awesome landscape photography of Bryn Thomas, formerly from Upper Hutt. Bryn’s main interest is photographing historic landscapes, especially those connected to the New Zealand Wars. To see examples of Bryn’s work, click here – Bryn’s Photos. 

Bryn is now Head of Security at Queenstown Airport, and lives in Arrowtown with Philippa, Holly, Jaydn and Naiah.

Our favourite flag

The alternative, and much improved, New Zealand flag, well, in our opinion .. Our masthead photo, on the front page of this website, is the alternative New Zealand flag, designed by Kyle Lockwood. This flag went up against our current outdated flag in the national referendum in 2015. Most New Zealanders opted for our current flag. But we thought this black silver fern flag was much better. Perhaps one day it’s time will come.