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Research in History

Historians study the past to understand the complexities of the present. Research themes at Waikato University include immigration and ethnicity, social history of health and medicine, science and environmental history, Māori and iwi history, oral history, political history and biography.

Dr Raymond Richards’ biography Palmer: the parliamentary years (Canterbury University Press) was nominated for a NZ Post Book Award. He is writing a biography of Sir Roger Douglas.

Nēpia Mahuika is the Chairperson of Te Pouhere Kōrero (the National Māori History Collective) and specialises in New Zealand history, Māori and indigenous histories, and oral history method and theory. His research focuses on Māori legal practices and murder cases in nineteenth-century New Zealand, and he has begun work on a history of martial arts in Aotearoa.

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