Richard Hill appointed Emeritus Professor

Congratulations to Professor Richard Hill, who has been awarded the status of Emeritus Professor.

Professor Hill became Professor of New Zealand Studies at the Centre in 2006. His research has had a particular focus on Treaty of Waitangi issues and the history of Crown-Māori relations in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He was the chief historian and a senior negotiator for the Crown in the pioneering Treaty of Waitangi negotiations with iwi from 1989. He was a member of the Waitangi Tribunal from 2008 to 2014, and sat on the panel hearing Te Raki o Te Paparahi (Northland) claims. He has also been an advisor for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s Te Tai Whakaea/Treaty Settlement Stories Project.

Professor Hill’s research interests also include the history of policing and social control in colonial Aotearoa New Zealand, international comparative policing history within and across empires, and the history of security intelligence in New Zealand.

Professor Hill has written four books on policing history in New Zealand and two on the history of Crown-Māori relations, as well as co-editing several books and publishing numerous chapters, journal articles and academic papers. He is general editor of the Stout Research Centre’s online Treaty Research series and Security and Surveillance History series and continues to carry out these and other duties at the Centre in an honorary capacity.

Professor Hill is a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and has held fellowships at other Cambridge colleges and at the University of Oxford. He is a member of various international police history networks, and was made a Life Member of the Labour History Project in 2013. He has won a number of awards and grants, including four from the Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Marsden Fund.

“I am delighted and honoured to be able to continue my long association with Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington in this new capacity,” says Professor Hill.

Professor Hill retired in 2020. He is currently co-writing, with Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies visiting scholar Dr Steven Loveridge, a two-volume history of security intelligence in New Zealand, and the draft of the first is now completed. He is also working on a monograph on imperial policing.