historical writing

Events In History


New Zealand Book Month

The 1940 Centennial

  • The 1940 Centennial

    The centennial celebrations of 1940 marked a century of European effort and progress. Māori history and the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi took a back seat.

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  • Page 4 - The Centennial and progress The 1940 Centennial, planned for five years and publicly funded, was a deliberate act of national self-definition by the first Labour

First World War bibliography


  • Buick, Thomas Lindsay

    Politician, journalist and historian Thomas Buick produced a  biography of Te Rauparaha before publishing his best known and most important book, The Treaty of Waitangi, in 1914

  • Rusden, George William

    George W. Rusden, an Australian author, wrote histories of Australia and New Zealand that were highly critical of the Crown's policies towards indigineous peoples.

  • Cowan, James

    Biography of prolific historian and journalist best known for the two-volume The New Zealand Wars: A History of the Māori Campaigns and the Pioneering Period

  • Main image: State-funded history

    The New Zealand government has a long history of promoting and publishing historical works of all kinds, from the 50-plus volumes of Second World War history to cutting-edge digital projects in the early 21st century.