Faculty of Arts


Writing New Zealand


In this course we will be “writing New Zealand” through the lens of New Zealand’s largest city, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, and its manifold and largely unexplored archives.

We will explore themes in current New Zealand historiography and reflect on the meanings of urban history. We will discuss how drawing on local archives contributes not only to a greater understanding of the city in which they are housed, but also themes which encompass national and international historiographies. Conversely, we will investigate how national and international trends impact on local experience.

You will be introduced to major archival repositories though site visits, and will choose a research topic based on archival resources for your major essay. You will learn about oral and public history and engage with the historical community beyond the university.

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022




HISTORY 705A: 15.0 points

HISTORY 705B: 15.0 points

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