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.
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