Dr Hamish Bremner

Programme leader, Postgraduate Tourism Programmes

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 extension 5898

Email: hamish.bremner@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Room WH 425
School of Hospitality and Tourism


  • 2004: Doctor of Philosophy (AUT University)
  • 1999: Master of Arts (Auckland University)
  • 1996: Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism Studies (Otago University)
  • 1995: Bachelor of Arts (Auckland University).

Teaching Areas:

  • Tourism in New Zealand
  • Māori and Tourism in Aotearoa
  • Tourism and Indigenous Cultures.

Research Areas:

  • History of Tourism
  • Tourism and Cultural Identity
  • Tourism and Sociology.

Research Summary:

Hamish Bremner received a 'Top Achiever' Doctoral scholarship from the Foundation of Research Science and Technology to complete his PhD into a history of tourism development at Te Wairoa, New Zealand.

The resulting thesis highlighted the inter-relationship between cultures in a tourism setting and illustrated the different layers of meaning that are culturally inscribed into the landscape.

The research was deliberately inter-disciplinary and this approach has continued into his current research which combines history, sociology and tourism studies.


  • Bremner, H. (2013). Tourism development in the Hot Lakes District, New Zealand c.1900. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 25(2), 282-298.
  • Bremner, H. (2010). Changing battle lines in the Hot Lakes District c.1900: Tourism development and the contested nature of place. In 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Wikitera, K. and Bremner, H. (2009) 'Māori cultural tourism or just being ourselves? Validating cultural inheritance', London Journal of Tourism Sport and Creative Industries.
  • Bremner, H. (2008) 'Tourists and tourisms in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A case for an alter(native)', paper presented to a symposium on Indigenous tourism, UC Berkeley, U.S.A., September.
  • Bremner, H. (2007) 'The undiscovered side of cultural tourism', Tourism Business, Spring.
  • Milne, S., Bremner, H. and Delpero, M. (2006) 'Ski areas and sustainable community development: 'Global-Local' tensions at Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand, in Clark, et al, Mountain Resort Planning and Development in an Era of Globalization, Cognizant Communications, New York.
  • Bremner, H., Keiha, P. and Ormsby, O. (2006) 'Māori Tourism Development Board: Research Strategy', Foundation of Research, Science and Technology (Commissioned).
  • Bremner, H. (2005) 'Constructing and consuming place: An analysis of tourism development at Te Wairoa, New Zealand', paper presented to the International Commission for the History of Travel and Tourism at the 20th International Congress of Historical Sciences, Sydney, July.
  • Bremner, H. (2005) 'Hinemihi, tourism and identity', paper presented to the Sociology Department Seminar Series, University of Auckland, April.
  • Bremner, H. (2004) 'Constructing, contesting and consuming New Zealand's tourism landscape: A history of Te Wairoa', PhD Thesis, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland.
  • Bremner, H. (2004) 'Hinemihi o te ao tawhio', paper presented to the 6th New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference, Wellington, December.
  • Bremner, H. (2003) 'Masking identity in Geyserland: Surviving tourism in colonial New Zealand', paper presented to the Hawaii International Social Sciences Conference, July.


  • 2001: Foundation for Research Science and Technology 'Top Achiever' Doctoral Scholarship.