Hazel Petrie

Historian with interests in New Zealand, Pacific Island and British History as well as Māori society, oral traditions, and language.


Born in England but raised in New Zealand, Hazel Petrie has a BA in History and Māori Studies, an MA in History and PhD in Māori Studies from the University of Auckland. She has previously contributed chapters to numerous books on history, ecology and religion, both in New Zealand and overseas, and has also written or delivered a number of academic papers on related topics.

Prior to entering academic life, she was director and part-owner of a multi-national travel company. Her interests include New Zealand and Pacific Island History, British History (especially nineteenth-century social history), as well as Māori society, oral traditions, and language.

She has also worked extensively with nineteenth-century Māori language manuscripts and was previously employed as kaitiaki of manuscripts and Māori language materials in the Māori Studies resource centre at the University of Auckland. She also had six years’ involvement in the ‘Kimihea te mea ngaro’ project concerning nineteenth century Māori newspapers — a unique and extremely valuable source of historical information which partly inspired the desire to look more closely at Māori commercial enterprise in the early colonial period.

Hazel is married to a Te Rarawa businessman and has two adult sons.

Petrie is the author of Chiefs of Industry: Māori Tribal Enterprise in Early Colonial New Zealand (Auckland University Press) which was shortlisted for the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2007. She won a CLNZ Writers’ Award for her work on this book.