Thursday, 25 September 2014

Beyond the Imperial Frontier Book Launch

Thanks to all those who attended the launch last night. It was a great occasion. Here are a few photos of the evening.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Upcoming BWB Events


Over the next six weeks, BWB has a range of events taking place around New Zealand:

Wednesday 24 September, Wellington

Book launch: Vincent O'Malley's Beyond the Imperial Frontier
5.30 pm, Vic Books, 1 Kelburn Parade, Wellington.

The launch will follow Vincent's JD Stout Lecture: The Waikato War: Myth, History and the ‘Art of Forgetting’, 4.10 p.m., Wednesday 24 September, McLaurin Lecture Theatre 103.

Monday 6 October, Auckland

Kirsty Gunn and Martin Edmond discussing their BWB Texts with Tom Rennie.
5.30pm, Auckland Central City Library.

Wednesday 8 October, Wellington

Kirsty Gunn's lunchtime walking tour of Thorndon. Starting at the Randell Cottage at 12.30pm, the tour winds its way across Thorndon to the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace.

In the evening, Kirsty Gunn discusses Thorndon with Charles Ferrall and Anna Jackson.
5.30pm, Tiakiwai Conference Centre, National Library of New Zealand.

Thursday 9 October, Wellington

Kirsty Gunn and Martin Edmond, in conversation with Tom Rennie.
6.00pm, Unity Books Wellington.

Saturday 11 October, Wanaka

11.30am – Max Rashbrooke: Inequality – the growing gap between rich and poor
1.30pm – Kirsty Gunn: Telling Stories
Aspiring Conversations Festival, Lake Wanaka Centre 

Sunday 12 OctoberWanaka

1.30pm –  Kirsty Gunn: Where is Home?
Aspiring Conversations Festival, Lake Wanaka Centre 

Monday 13 October, Dunedin

Kirsty Gunn in conversation with Vincent O’Sullivan
5.30pm, Dunedin Public Library.

Thursday 23 October, Wellington

A panel, chaired by Bernard Hickey, discussing Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century and its relevance for New Zealand. 
5.30pm, Royal Society of New Zealand - more details to come in our next newsletter.

All of the events (excluding Aspiring Conversations) are free, open to the public and don't require an RSVP - please join us!
For more information on all BWB books, e-books and events, see or contact us at



Monday, 22 September 2014

Devastating Impact of the Waikato War Revisited

22 September 2014

Devastating impact of the Waikato War revisited by leading historian 

At a time of great focus on World War One, a new book by prominent historian Dr Vincent O’Malley draws startling comparisons with the Waikato War of 1863–64. Taking a new approach to analysing evidence on the war, O’Malley’s book challenges previous assumptions made about casualties suffered by the Waikato tribes.

‘This new approach to estimating casualty figures suggests that the scale of the losses suffered by the Waikato tribes was much greater than previously thought,’ says O’Malley. ‘Indeed there is every indication that the numbers killed and wounded may have exceeded those sustained by New Zealand troops during World War One in per capita terms.’

‘These estimates can, of course, be debated but it is clear from Census data that overall Māori losses in the Waikato War were horrendous.’

O’Malley’s essay on the Waikato War is one of thirteen featured in Beyond the Imperial Frontier, published by Bridget Williams Books, which reflect on early encounters between Māori and Pākehā, giving an insight into the different ways the two ‘fronted’ one another across the nineteenth century.

Beyond the Imperial Frontier: The Contest for Colonial New Zealand will be launched by Bridget Williams Books on 24 September 2014 at Victoria University. Prior to the launch Dr O’Malley will deliver a lecture on ‘The Waikato War: Myth, History and the “Art of Forgetting”’. O’Malley is continuing his research into the Waikato War and this will result in a major new publication with Bridget Williams Books in 2015.

5.30pm, Wednesday 24 September
Vic Books, Victoria University
1 Kelburn Parade, Wellington

JD Stout Lecture:
‘The Waikato War: Myth, History and the “Art of Forgetting”’
4.10pm, Wednesday 24 September
McLaurin Lecture Theatre 103, Victoria University

Publication: 24 September
RRP: $49.99 (print)
RRP: $20.00 (e-book)



Monday, 15 September 2014

J D Stout Lecture 2014: The Waikato War: Myth, History and the 'Art of Forgetting'

The JD Stout Lecture 2014

Vincent O’Malley
JD Stout Fellow 2014

will present

The Waikato War: Myth, History and the ‘Art of Forgetting’

Collective memories, like individual ones, can be selective. We sometimes choose what we remember. And those choices are often instructive. But as scholars have also noted, there is an art to forgetting.

It can be more than simply the absence of memory. This talk surveys how the Waikato War has been remembered, or forgotten, historically and asks what this reveals about New Zealand’s foundational myths and narratives.

Date:               Wednesday 24 September 2014
Time:               4.10pm – 5.30pm
Venue:             McLaurin Lecture Theatre 103 – North end of Cotton Building main corridor just before the Hub
                        Gate 6, Kelburn Parade – Cotton Building main entrance
                         Victoria University of Wellington