From the 1970s onwards, Māori began a concerted effort to confront Pākehā with the wrongs done during the colonisation of New Zealand. They made highly contested claims for reparation of past wrongs and the restitution of their political power, putting history at the heart of their claims. This process of drawing on the past is examined by a wide range of writers, both Māori and Pākehā, and all highly respected thinkers in history, law and philosophy. Histories, Power and Loss offers an incisive analysis that is relevant to any country where political and legal relations between indigenous peoples and colonisers are being scrutinised.
About the author
Andrew Sharp, ONZM, taught the history of political thinking and political philosophy mainly at the universities of Canterbury and Auckland. He retired in 2006 and is Emeritus Professor of Political Studies at the University of Auckland. He lives in London where he is working on the life and times of Samuel Marsden (1765–1838) – the ‘Apostle to the Māori’ in New Zealand and ‘flogger Marsden’ in New South Wales.
Paul McHugh was born in Gisborne in 1958. He gained an LLB (Hons) from Victoria University in Wellington, an LLM from the University of Saskatchewan, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. His PhD dissertation, The Aboriginal Rights of the New Zealand Māori at Common Law, won a Yorke Prize for outstanding law dissertations. His pioneering work on common law aboriginal title has had a major impact on the field of Māori rights. His work has influenced Government policy and legislation, notably in fisheries. His more recent endeavours have become inter-disciplinary, linking law to the history of political thought. He has written commissioned papers for the New Zealand and Canadian Ministries of Justice. Paul is a Reader in Law at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
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