Histories, Power and Loss

Histories, Power and Loss

Uses of the Past – A New Zealand Commentary

This title is currently out of print

From the 1970s onwards, Māori began a concerted effort to confront Pākehā with the wrongs done during the colonisation of New Zealand. They made highly contested claims for reparation of past wrongs and the restitution of their political power, putting history at the heart of their claims. This process of drawing on the past is examined by a wide range of writers, both Māori and Pākehā, and all highly respected thinkers in history, law and philosophy. Histories, Power and Loss offers an incisive analysis that is relevant to any country where political and legal relations between indigenous peoples and colonisers are being scrutinised.


Angela Ballara
Judith Binney
Mark Francis
Lyndsay head
Paul McHugh
W.H. Oliver
J.G.A. Pocock
Andrew Sharp
Te Maire Tau

Table of contents

1 W. H. Oliver: The future behind us: The Waitangi Tribunal’s retrospective utopia
2 Andrew Sharp: Recent juridical and constitutional histories of Māori
3 Te Maire Tau: Matauranga Māori as an epistemology
4 J. G. A. Pocock: The treaty between histories
5 Lyndsay Head: The pursuit of modernity in Māori society – The conceptual bases of citizenship in the early colonial period
6 Angela Ballara:  The innocence of history? – The case of the ‘Morioris’ of Te Wai Pounamu a.k.a. the ‘Waitaha Nation’
7 Judith Binney: Te Umutaoroa: The Earth Oven of Long Cooking
8 Mark Francis: Writings on colonial New Zealand: Nationalism and intentionality
9 P. G. McHugh: A history of Crown sovereignty in New Zealand

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2017
Pages: 250
ISBN: 9781877242205
ISTC: A022012000021147
DOI: 10.7810/9781877242205

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Read Michael King's review in New Zealand Books.

'...this book is the most significant collection of essays to appear in New Zealand for quite some time. It is a notable signpost along New Zealand's historiographic journey.' K.R. Howe, New Zealand Journal of History,36, 2 (2002)