2019 News

  • FHSS staff and alumni among Wellington Theatre Award winners

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences staff and alumni have been recognised at the 2019 Wellington Theatre Awards at the ceremony on Sunday 8 December. The Wellington Theatre Awards annually celebrate the innovation, originality, and collaboration in the Wellington theatre community.

  • Taika Waititi, Christine Leunens and Carthew Neal at the premiere of Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight) – Taika and Christine hold their fingers over eachothers head in the form of rabbit ears.

    Uncaging Jojo

    Award-winning movie Jojo Rabbit was written and directed by Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington alumnus Taika Waititi, but it began with a book called Caging Skies, written by alumna Dr Christine Leunens.

  • Fresh talent showcased in Turbine | Kapohau 2019

    This year’s issue of Turbine | Kapohau, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s annual online literary journal from the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), has now been published.

  • A group stands in front of the Council Chambers – Ken Duncum, Sam Kelly, Jonathan King, Marie Mamea-Crawford, Bill Sheat, Damien Wilkins.

    Police drama series wins Wellington University Prize

    A television drama series fictionalising events around the Te Urewera police raids of 2007 has been awarded the 2019 David Carson-Parker Embassy Prize in Scriptwriting at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

  • Research lifts the lid on the influence of pornography

    Society needs a more critical, nuanced, and gendered understanding of pornography in the digital age, says Samantha Keene, who graduates with a PhD in Criminology from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington this week.

  • A classroom of children and a teacher playing guitar, whoever a unique filter has been applied making the image look morre like a painting.

    Giving kids confidence to learn language

    Victoria University of Wellington researchers are developing a world-leading programme aimed at giving multilingual pre-schoolers the confidence and tools to improve their language skills with the help of Viclink.

  • NZHA postgraduate team – The postgraduate team that supported the conference. From front to back: Josh King, Ailish Wallace-Buckland, Maggie Blackburn, Will Hansen, Dean Broughton, Libby Bowyer and Liam Barnsdale. Keynote speaker Kate Hill sits just to the right.

    NZHA conference: Encountering history

    The History programme hosted the New Zealand Historical Association’s (NZHA) biennial conference, Kanohi ki te kanohi: Histories for our Time, from 28–30 November 2019.

  • Nohorua Parata smiles and wears a white baseball cap and stands in front of a tree.

    Look after your wairua

    Nohorua Hawaikirangi Parata (Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Toa, Te Ātiawa) is motivated by his whānau, his iwi, his ahurea (culture), and our taiao (natural world)  to succeed in the workforce.

  • Prize winners at the NZASIA conference – Postgraduate students Meera Muralidharan (Wellington) and Bolin Hu (Auckland) who won NZASIA prizes, with Jasmine Edwards (Wellington) who won support from the Asia NZ.

    New generation of Asia scholars feature at NZASIA conference

    The New Zealand Asian Studies Society held its 23rd Biennial Conference at Victoria University of Wellington from 24–27 November. Attended by over 150 delegates from around the world as well as from New Zealand, with participants coming from Australia, North America, Europe and Asia itself, the conference was a great success.