New Zealand History Student Research

Frances Martin (PhD)

Topic:
Maraenui: A case study of a rural Māori community in the 1950s and how it responded to Pākehā/western values and beliefs while still retaining Māori identity as Ngāti Horomoana o Te Whānau ā Apanui – WORKING TITLE

Abstract:

This research topic aims to investigagte, through a case-study approach, life in the rural Māori community of Maraenui and why members of this community chose not join the move to urban areas.  It will also look at the effects of Pākehā values and beliefs in this community who identify as Ngāti Horomoana o Te Whānau ā Apanui.  This research project aims to provide some understanding of the importance of Māori values and beliefs and how they were practicsed within the rural Māori community of Maraenui during the 1950s. 

Rangaiti Te Whata MA (MāorDevt)

Topic:
Ahi Kaa:  The Application of Modernisation Theory to the Development and Transition of Ngapuhi Identity – 1840 – 1940 – WORKING TITLE

Abstract:
The purpose of this thesis is to explore the impact of the processes of modernisation on aspects of Māori development in New Zealand during the nineteenth century, with particular reference to the role of the Treaty of Waitangi (1840) as a device employed by the British Colonial Office to effect the modernisation of Māori society.  In addition, this work will explore the distinction between ideas of immanent and intentional development – as delineated by Cowen and Shenton (1996) – and identify the manner in which British policy towards Māori in the 1840s was part of a process of intentional development, which had as its overarching aim, the modernisation of Māori society.