The History Programme at VUW warmly invites you to attend a seminar by Dr Vincent O'Malley, HistoryWorks: Te Riri ki Waikato: The Waikato War revisited
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the invasion of Waikato, rightly described by Alan Ward as ‘the climactic event in New Zealand race relations’ history. It is tempting to assume that, between James Cowan’s sprawling narrative and James Belich’s more contemporary, concise and insightful analysis, we know all we need to about that conflict. In fact, there is a great deal more that can be explored. Drawing upon recent research for the Waitangi Tribunal’s Te Rohe Potae inquiry, Vincent O’Malley will discuss some of his new (and sometimes surprising) findings concerning the war, its origins and aftermath.
Vincent completed his PhD in NZ Studies at VUW in 2004 and has published widely in the area of Crown and Māori historical relationships, including his 1998 book, Agents of Autonomy: Māori Committees in the Nineteenth Century (Huia Publishers), and (with David Armstrong) The Beating Heart: A Political and Socio-Economic History of Te Arawa (Huia Publishers, 2008). His latest book, The Meeting Place: Māori and Pākeha Encounter, 1642-1840 (Auckland University Press, 2012), explores the process of mutual discovery between Māori and Pākehā, from initially unpredictable and sometimes violent encounters, through to more peaceful and stable relationships in the two decades or so before the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. He is a co-founder of the Wellington-based research consultancy HistoryWorks.
Venue: History Programme, VUW. Old Kirk 406 (F. L. Wood Seminar Room)
Date: 3 May