January 13, 2016
Kotahitanga study gets history grant
A project to write a history of the Maori Parliament that met in the late 19th century has got a $12,000 boost from this year’s New Zealand History Trust Fund Awards administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
Basil Keane worked previously as the director of the ministry’s Maori digital projects and as a senior in-house historian, he is now at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research
Mr Keane has connections to Ngati Kahungunu, Rangitane and Ngapuhi.
Another one of the award recipients with links to the ministry is Mark Derby, who got $12,000 towards completing his book Mautini – the Hidden History of Mt Eden Prison.
The book delves into the building, which is a Category 1 listed historic place, as well as the nationally significant events that have taken place there since 1856.
Other projects to be funded this year include the collecting of stories from the Manapouri Hydro Project, a biography of writer Maurice Shadbolt, and support for a visit to New Zealand by German researcher, Peter Mesenhoeller, who intends to retrace the footsteps of explorer Ernst Dieffenbach in 1841.
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