October 12, 2016
PM’s accolade for Atholl Anderson
A Ngai Tahu scholar who has done huge amount to unearth the early history of Maori and Pacific peoples has been awarded this year’s Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement.
Emeritus Professor Atholl Anderson has written extensively about the South Island history books such as The Welcome of Strangers and in his work on the Ngai Tahu claim.
He also collaborated on with the late Judith Binney and Aroha Harris on Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History, which has won multiple awards since it was published in 2014.
He held a professorship at the University of Otago until 1993 beofre sending 12 years at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Ngai Tahu elder Sir Tipene O’Regan says New Zealand scholarship is immeasurably richer for Professor Anderson’s contribution over several decades in which brought his distinguished research in archaeology and early New Zealand history to bear on some of the most critical questions about Te Ao Maori.
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