Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere

Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te Ao

The bird who feeds on miro has the forest

The bird who feeds on knowledge has the world

Nau mai, haere mai ki Tāmaki Herenga Waka.

Ka nui te mihi ki a Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei te iwi mana whenua.

Tihei Mauri Ora!

AHI Mission Statement

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland is situated amongst many volcanoes on an isthmus that is flanked by the Manukau and Waitematā harbours. The cones punctuate the skyline and the ocean is never far from view. These iconic features of the whenua have not only shaped the landscape but also the many peoples who have settled in this unique environment over centuries.

Welcome to the Auckland History Initiative. This research collaboration focuses on understanding the physical and cultural development of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland as well as the wider Auckland region extending from Northland to the Waikato, and Auckland’s connections with international and global networks of trade, governance and culture.

In order to advance that understanding the AHI takes several approaches. These include:

  • To increase students’ engagement with Auckland history, to stimulate their interest in and knowledge of their immediate surroundings and to enhance their employability
  • To build relationships between the University of Auckland and Auckland’s Iwi and GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums)
  • To continue to establish relationships and research collaborations in the area of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland history across disciplines and faculties at the University of Auckland
  • To enhance public outreach by hosting public events focused on inviting discussion on the history of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
  • To promote and support research into Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland history through an online platform and associated social media.

2021 AHI Annual Symposium and Lecture

The Auckland History Initiative (AHI) is pleased to announce its annual Symposium to be held at the Waipapa Marae, the University of Auckland, 12 April 2021, followed by the evening lecture and function at Old Government House. For further details please visit our Events page

Symposium – 10am-4pm at the Waipapa Marae

The symposium will include a keynote address by Dr Lucy Mackintosh and Pania Newton (Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum), panel discussions showcasing recent scholarship on the history of Auckland and a community hui led by Margaret Tennant, Honorary Research Professor at Massey University, exploring the writing of local history. The panels will feature the work of scholars from the School of Architecture and Doctoral and Summer Research Scholars at the University of Auckland.

Lecture – 6-7.30pm at Old Government House

The second AHI Lecture, to be presented by Associate Professor of Pacific Studies and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Pacific), Damon Salesa, will follow the Symposium.

“Pacific Auckland: a History”

One of Auckland’s defining dimensions is its Pacific history—its connections with the Pacific, and the history that has been constructed here by (and for) Pacific peoples. Much of this history is little known, underappreciated or actively marginalized, and this lecture will seek to lay out the major contours of Auckland’s Pacific histories.

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