AUT - Paul Moon


Professor Paul Moon

Paul Moon

Professor, Treaty and Economics

Phone: 64 (0)9 921 9999 ext 6838


Memberships and Affiliations:

In 2003, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society at University College, London.

Life member of the Auckland Institute and Museum.


Professor Moon is Professor of History at the Faculty of Māori Development – Te Ara Poutama – where he has taught since 1993. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in History and Political Studies, a Master of Philosophy degree, a Master of Arts degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy, and in 2003, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society at University College, London.

Paul Moon is widely recognised for his study of the Treaty of Waitangi, and has published two books on the topic. He has also produced the biographies of Governors William Hobson and Robert FitzRoy, and the Nga Puhi chief, Hone Heke. In 2003, he published the book Tohunga: Hohepa Kereopa, the first of a trilogy of works on the famous Tuhoe tohunga. He has also written a major biography of the Ngapuhi politician and Kotahitanga leader Hone Heke Ngapua (1869-1909), and the best-selling Fatal Frontiers – a history of New Zealand in the 1830s. In July 2007, he released The Struggle for Tamaki Makaurau, which detailed Auckland’s pre-European history. His most recent publication is the biography of the World War Two soldier Haane Manahi.

In addition to his prolific output of books, Paul Moon is a frequent contributor to national and international academic journals on a variety of history-related topics. He is also a frequent media commentator and, in the past few years, has appeared on TVNZ’s Frontier of Dreams, Prime TV’s New Zealand's Top 100 History Makers, TVNZ’s Close-Up, Marae, Te Karere, and Waka Huia, TV3 News, SKY News Australia, and Māori Television as an election night analyst. He has also appeared regularly on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report and Checkpoint, on NewsTalk ZB, Radio Pacific, and Radio Live.

Teaching Areas:

  • New Zealand History
  • Economic History
  • Treaty Issues

Research areas:

  • New Zealand History
  • Treaty Issues
  • Currently completing a major book on New Zealand in the twentieth century - due to be published by HarperCollins in October 2011.


A Tohunga's Natural World: Plants, Gardening, and Food. Auckland: David Ling Publishing. 2005. ISBN 1-877378-04-6.

Fatal Frontiers: A New History of New Zealand in the Decade Before the Treaty. Auckland: Penguin Publishing. 2006. ISBN 0-143020-59-5.

FitzRoy: Governor in Crisis 1843-1845. Auckland: David Ling Publishing. 2000. ISBN 0-908990-70-7.

Hobson: Governor of New Zealand 1840-1842. Auckland: David Ling Publishing. 1998. ISBN 0-908990-54-5.

Hone Heke: Nga Puhi Warrior. Auckland: David Ling Publishing. 2001. ISBN 0-908990-76-6.

Muldoon: A Study in Public Leadership. Wellington: Pacific Press. 1999. ISBN 0-9583418-7-7.

New Zealand Birth Certificates: 50 of New Zealand's Founding Documents. Auckland: AUT Press. 2010. ISBN 978-0-9582997-1-8.

Ngapua: The Political Life of Hone Heke Ngapua, MHR. Auckland: David Ling Publishing. 2006. ISBN 1-877378-02-X.

Te Ara Ki Te Tiriti: The Path to the Treaty of Waitangi. Auckland: David Ling Publishing. 2002. ISBN 0-908990-83-9.

The Edges of Empires: New Zealand in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century. Auckland: David Ling Publishing. 2009. ISBN 978-1-877378-26-3.

The Newest Country in the World: A History of New Zealand in the Decade of the Treaty. Auckland: Penguin Publishing. 2007. ISBN 978-014-300670-1.

The Sealord Deal. Palmerston North: Campus Press. 1999. ISBN 1-877229-09-1.

The Struggle for Tamaki Makaurau: Auckland to 1820. Auckland: David Ling Publishing. 2007. ISBN 978-1-877378-14-0.

The Tohunga Journal: Hohepa Kereopa, Rua Kenana and Maungapohatu. Auckland: David Ling Publishing. 2008. ISBN 978-1-877378-20-1.

The Treaty and its Times 1840-1845. Auckland: Resource Books. 2004. ISBN 0908618-18-2.

This Horrid Practice: The Myth and the Reality of Traditional Maori Cannibalism. Auckland: Penguin. 2008. ISBN 9780143006718.

Tohunga: Hohepa Kereopa. Auckland: David Ling Publishing. 2003. ISBN 0-908-99091-X.

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