Going Public: The Changing Face of New Zealand History

Edited by Jock Phillips & Bronwyn Dalley

‘Contributions, such as this collection of essays by New Zealand writers and scholars, will also raise the profile and credibility of public history and promote its acceptance in the community.’ – David Verran, Sunday Star-Times


This is a collection of essays in the rapidly growing field of public history. The essays are short think-pieces by leading writers and scholars, which explore the connections between specific aspects of public history and the broader field of New Zealand history in general and show some new and challenging ways of looking at the past. The contributions cover new media, academic vs public history, the Waitangi Tribunal, Treaty claims research, official war history, government history, the origins of public history, museums, heritage, freelance research and writing, public history in popular culture, and state-funded reference histories.



Bronwyn Dalley was chief historian at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage from 2002–2011. Jock Phillips is the general editor of Te Ara The Encyclopedia of New Zealand and is the author of many books and articles.


December 2001, 226 x 150 mm, 226 pages
Paperback, ISBN 9781869402266, $45