Friday, 11 January 2013

NZ history award winners for 2013 funding

The New Zealand History Research Trust Fund, which is administered by Manatū Taonga the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, has announced the award winners for 2013. The work of the winners this year covers a diverse range of topics including military action in the 19th century and the story of everyone's favourite, fish and chips.

Ref: FMO-037-00034-G, West Auckland Research Centre
 The major award this year went to historian Ron Crosby, who will use the money to research and write about the significant and extended Māori support of Crown military during the 19th century.

“I have long been intrigued to see the term ‘kūpapa’ change from an authoritative definition of being ‘friendly’ to the Crown, to a modern sense of ‘traitor’ – as contained in a recent 1999 Māori language dictionary. That extraordinary change in meaning in the last few decades raises the question of just how that could have so rapidly occurred. The purpose of this book is to describe the nature and extent of the support demonstrated by various iwi to the Crown from 1840 to WW2, how the Crown failed over time to properly respond to that loyalty, and the causes of the post-war changes in attitude that led to the dramatic turnaround in the sense of the word ‘kūpapa'" says Crosby.

Ref: AWNS-19020417-9-1, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Neill Atkinson, Chief Historian at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage says that “since 1990 the Awards have assisted more than 270 history projects, making a huge contribution to our understanding of New Zealand’s past”.

In addition to the eleven history projects funded, five publisher grants have been made to support the publication of specialist works of history.

Major award
  • Ron Crosby, 'Kūpapa: Iwi loyal to the Crown'.

Other awards
  • Te Awhina Arahanga, 'History of Fish and Chips'
  • Manuhuia Barcham, 'The First Māori Renaissance'
  • Andrew Francis, ‘A Serious Menace to the Community?: Internment in New Zealand during the Great War'
  • New Zealand Red Cross, 'History of the NZ Red Cross'
  • Matthew Wright, 'Coal – From Hero to Zero: the Kiwi Social History'
  • Barbara Brookes, ‘History of New Zealand Women’
  • Melissa Matutina Williams, ‘Back Home and Home in the City’
  • Jude Wilson, ‘The Flying Kiwis: A History of the OE’
  • Tom Brookings, ‘The People’s Servant: A Biography of Richard John Seddon’.

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