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New Zealand history buzzes with new research and fish and chips

The New Zealand History Research Trust Fund has announced 11 award winners for 2013. The Trust is administered by Manatū Taonga/the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. This year’s winning subject matter covers a range of topics from the history of Māori support of Crown military action in the nineteenth century to the story of arguably New Zealand’s most popular takeaway - fish and chips.

Kūpapa: Iwi loyal to the Crown was this year’s big award winner receiving $60,000. Historian Ron Crosby will use the money to research and write about the significant and extended Māori support of Crown military during the nineteenth century.

“I have long been intrigued to see the term ‘kūpapa’ change from an authoritative definition of being ‘friendly’ to the Crown, to a modern sense of ‘traitor’ – as contained in a recent 1999 Māori language dictionary. That extraordinary change in meaning in the last few decades raises the question of just how that could have so rapidly occurred.

The purpose of this book is to describe the nature and extent of the support demonstrated by various iwi to the Crown from 1840 to WW2, how the Crown failed over time to properly respond to that loyalty, and the causes of the post-war changes in attitude that led to the dramatic turnaround in the sense of the word ‘kūpapa'." Says Crosby

Neill Atkinson, Chief Historian at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage says the range of topics and quality of New Zealand History Awards applications is growing each year.

“Since 1990 the Awards have assisted more than 270 history projects, making a huge contribution to our understanding of New Zealand’s past,” Says Neill Atkinson.

This year, in addition to the eleven history projects funded, five publisher grants have been made to support the publication of specialist works of history.

Awards in History recipients for 2013

Major award: Ron Crosby, Kūpapa: Iwi loyal to the Crown – $60,000

Other awards:

Te Awhina Arahanga, History of Fish and Chips – $10,000 – Auckland

Manuhuia Barcham, The First Māori Renaissance – $12,000 – Palmerston North

Andrew Francis, ‘A Serious Menace to the Community?’: Internment in New Zealand during the Great War – $6,000 – Wellington

Steven Loveridge, ‘Sentimental Equipment’: New Zealand, the Great War and Cultural Mobilisation – $6,000 – Wellington

New Zealand Red Cross, History of the NZ Red Cross – $12,000 – Wellington

Ngati Awa Research and Archives Trust, Mataatua Wharenui: Mataatua, the House that came home – $12,000 – Whakatane (/ Otago for subject)

Vincent O’Sullivan, The Questing Mind, the Public Good: A Life of Robin Williams – $10,000 – Dunedin (/Wellington for subject)

Rebecca Priestley, The Awa Book of Antarctic Science – $6,000 – Wellington

Georgina White, The Forerunners – $10,000 – Wellington

Matthew Wright, Coal – From Hero to Zero: the Kiwi Social History – $6,000 – Wellington


The New Zealand History Research Trust Fund publisher grants


Auckland University Press, for Gerald Hensley’s ‘Friendly Fire: Nuclear Politics and the Collapse of ANZUS, 1984-1987 – $5,000

Bridget Williams Books, for Barbara Brookes’ ‘History of New Zealand Women’ – $5,000

Bridget Williams Books, for Melissa Matutina Williams’ ‘Back Home and Home in the City’ – $5,000

Otago University Press, for Jude Wilson’s ‘The Flying Kiwis: A History of the OE’ – $5,000

Penguin Books, for Tom Brookings’ ‘The People’s Servant: A Biography of Richard John Seddon’ – $5,000

Updated on 23rd July 2015