New Zealand Studies

Meet our current and former postgraduate New Zealand Studies students, and find out about their research topics.

Margaret Kawharu

Margaret's research focuses on exploring the modes of survival for Maori tribal groups post Treaty settlement.

Sandra Thomas

Sandra's research is in the experience of Pakeha military settlers and assisted immigrants who occupied confiscated lands in the Waikato from 1864–early 1880s.

Lindsay Ferguson

Linday's research focuses on privacy concerns and the balance between the demands of the state and the rights of individual citizens in New Zealand.

Gerrard Carter

Gerrard's research examines the Wellington Provincial Council's decision-making processes and the development of provincial administrative systems.

Claire Hall

Family Memory scholarship recipient Claire Hall is researching intergenerational family memory within the archival collections of Taranaki whānui.

Matthew Nicoll

Matthew's thesis analyses how human and signals intelligence has been used in New Zealand from 1946-2016, focusing on the National Assessments Bureau.

Kura Marie Teira Taylor

Kura Marie Teira Taylor's (Te Atiawa) thesis subject, ‘Te Atiawa Paake: Reflections on the Playgrounds of my Life’, was developed within indigenous paradigms.

Ethan McKenzie

Ethan's research explores the origins and emergence of bicultural consultancies in New Zealand, which materialised by the end of the 1980s.

Charlotte Thompson Darling

Charlotte's thesis focused on William Colenso (1811–1899) as a central character who helped define the textual landscape of New Zealand.

Therese Crocker

Therese's thesis is titled: Settling Treaty Claims: The Formation of Policy on Treaty of Waitangi Claims in the Pioneering Years, 1988-1998.

Stephanie Warren

Stephanie’s thesis analyses how the perception of the Treaty of Waitangi has changed over time, considering if a Māori–Pakeha duality is relevant to the future.