Born in 1945, Paul Monin (pronounced Monnin) is a first-generation New Zealander whose family came to New Zealand from Burma in 1949. Family circumstances of war, decolonisation and diaspora kindled an early interest in history, imperialism in particular. He holds degrees in history and politics from Canterbury and McMaster (Canada) universities. He taught history and English in secondary schools in Melbourne and Auckland before venturing out as a freelance history researcher and writer in the late 1980s, working from his home on Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
His first book Waiheke Island: A History (1992) was ‘highly commended’ in the J.M. Sherrard Award in New Zealand Regional History. He then completed the Waitangi Tribunal commission on the Gulf Islands and Māori claimant commission Wai: 355. His major study of culture contact in Hauraki, This is My Place: Hauraki Contested 1769–1875, was published in 2001 and won a J.M. Sherrard Major Award in New Zealand Regional and Local History in 2004. He has also published articles in the New Zealand Journal of History and the Journal of New Zealand Literature, as well as numerous pieces of historical journalism.
More recently, he has contributed a chapter on the Māori economy to The New Oxford History of New Zealand (Oxford University Press, 2009) and entries on the Hauraki-Coromandel region to Te Ara, The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, in 2010.
Matiatia: Gateway to Waiheke (Bridget Williams Books, 2012)
Hauraki Contested, 1769–1875 (Bridget Williams Books, 2001)
Waiheke Island: A History (Dunmore Press, 1992)