Wānanga Symposium

We would like to invite you to join us for this Wānanga Symposium, where we will explore Christianity, the Māori world and Colonialism in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This symposium, featuring leading international and New Zealand scholars, will consider the interactions between Christianity, te ao Māori and colonization in Aotearoa New Zealand. Current public conversations on the nature of our history, the Treaty of Waitangi, and issues of Crown governance and Māori authority, call for fresh research and perspectives on multi-faceted relationships and processes.

The wānanga-symposium will canvass such questions as: how can this ‘national history’ be reframed in terms of local and global interconnections? What was the indigenous response to Christianity by Māori leaders and communities? How should we understand te Tiriti o Waitangi in light of the local context and the wider picture of European empires? What do these entangled histories of beliefs and practices, of ideas and institutions, and of texts and state power, mean for our identities and common life in these islands called New Zealand or Aotearoa?

The wānanga-symposium will be hosted in the beautiful Bay of Islands, at Te Tii marae and Copthorne Hotel (Waitangi).

Brought to you by Te Tii Marae, Te Pihopatanga o te Tai Tokerau, Karuwhā Trust, New Zealand Church Missionary Society, St John’s Theological College, and Laidlaw College.

At this time we are taking Registrations of Interest, and we will let you know as soon as tickets become available. Please complete the form below so we can be in touch with you.

Where Bay of Islands
When 12:00am - 12:00am
Cost TBA
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We are excited to introduce the international speakers who will be joining us for this event.

Brian Stanley, Zoe Laidlaw, and Dominic O’Sullivan are leaders in their fields, which cover Christian missions and empire, humanitarianism and race, te Tiriti o Waitangi and indigenous policy in postcolonial states. We look forward to their contributions and keynote addresses, and their interactions with leading scholars in Aotearoa New Zealand. We look forward to sharing more about our speakers soon.

We are excited to introduce the first of our speakers from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Prof. Tony Ballantyne is a prominent scholar of colonialism and the British empire, while Dr Monty Soutar and Bradford Haami are leading New Zealand historians who both draw on a deep knowledge of their own tribal traditions in engaging with big themes in our history, including Christianity, culture, and colonialism.

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