With an understanding of our past society, we can make better decisions about its present and future. Societal ‘self-awareness’ is crucial to our collective life, today and tomorrow. Our history is complex, riveting, traumatic, sad, and inspirational. We want to be moved to deeper thought and action regarding the implications of the story for ourselves individually, our communities, and our national life.
Karuwhā exists because without our history, our ‘now’ is pretty disjointed.
Here is some in-depth research and resources for those wanting a deeper understanding of our Aotearoa New Zealand story.
Our shorter papers section tackles some big issues by assembling key journal articles and papers. Have a read for a shorter ‘stocktake’ of identity and history issues both past and present.
Sometimes it takes considerable research and thought to engage the big issues of our history and identity. We have collated here some important longer research papers, including Ph.D. theses, for more considered reading and reflection. Grab a cuppa tea!
We wanted to provide access to some original historical documents – many of them only available in archives – to get the historical juices flowing. There is nothing like reading history from the physical pages of those who made history. So here is the Aotearoa New Zealand story ‘in its own words’. Like other pages in this section, we will be adding to these archival documents over time.
We have collated here some links to key websites and online resources that tell our Aoteroa story – in texts of various kinds including old newspapers, and of course images.
"He aha te kai a te rangatira?
He kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero."
"What is the food of the leader?
It is knowledge. It is communication."