Vincent O'Malley

Expert Panelist

Vincent O’Malley is a professional historian and founding partner of the Wellington research consultancy HistoryWorks. He has published widely on New Zealand history, including the critically-acclaimed and best-selling works The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000 (2016) and The New Zealand Wars/Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa (2019), along with Voices from the New Zealand Wars/He Reo nō ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa (2021), an Ockham New Zealand Book Awards finalist in 2022.  

With Professor Joanna Kidman, he is co-Principal Investigator on the Marsden Fund project ‘He Taonga te Wareware? Remembering and Forgetting Difficult Histories in Aotearoa/New Zealand’, a three-year study into how the nineteenth century New Zealand Wars have helped shape memory, identity and history. Along with Professor Kidman and other project members, in 2022 he co-authored Fragments from a Contested Past: Remembrance, Denial and New Zealand History.

Professor Michael Belgrave

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Professor Michael Belgrave is a historian and foundation member of Massey's Albany campus. He was previously research manager of the Waitangi Tribunal and has continued to work on Treaty of Waitangi research and settlements, providing substantial research reports into a wide number of the Waitangi Tribunal's inquiries. More recently he has been heavily involved in negotiating the historical aspects of treaty settlements with a number of iwi. He has published widely on public policy, treaty and Māori history.

His Dancing with the King (AUP, 2017) is an exploration of diplomacy and peace-making in the decades between the Waikato War and the opening of the King Country. It was awarded the Ernest Scott award for the best book on New Zealand or Australian history in 2017 and shortlisted for the Ockham Non-Fiction Book of the year. He was president of the New Zealand Historical Association, 2019-2021.

Professor Joanna Kidman 


Joanna Kidman (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa) is Co-Director of He Whenua Taurikura: National Centre of Research Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Professor of Māori education at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. As a sociologist working in the field of indigenous studies, her research focuses on the politics of indigeneity and settler-colonial nationhood. With Dr Vincent O’Malley, she is currently leading a Marsden fund project about how different groups commemorate the New Zealand Wars and how memory and silence about these violent histories permeates people’s lives in the present. 

Dr Arini Loader

Expert Panelist

Ko whea, ko whea te maunga e tū iho nei?  
Ko Tararua, ko Tararua!  

Arini is a mother, a daughter, a sister, a niece. She belongs to Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Whakaue and Te Whānau-a-Apanui and lives below Tararua mountain range on Waitohu plateau, close to the Waitohu, Mangapōuri and Ōtaki rivers. She is also a senior lecturer in Māori history in the school of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. Arini’s research interests centre on Māori literature, reading, writing, media, performance; from karanga to poetry, waiata to the novel. She is the producer|writer|director of E Whiti E Te Raa: Shine, a short film inspired by a collection of waiata, whakataukī and karakia written down by tūpuna taken prisoner at the Battle of Rangiriri in 1863.  Dr Arini Loader is a senior lecturer in Māori History in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka.

Dr Liana MacDonald

Expert Panelist

Liana MacDonald (Ngāti Kuia, Rangitāne o Wairau, Ngāti Koata) was a secondary school English and Social Studies teacher for 11 years and is currently a history curriculum lecturer in teacher education at the Faculty of Education, Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. Liana an interdisciplinary researcher whose recent projects applied innovative ethnographic fieldwork techniques to document how history is represented in landscapes connected with the New Zealand Wars, how the stories are transmitted over generations and what further steps are required to ensure greater and more accurate engagement with these histories. She has published several papers that advance a Land Education approach to secondary school history education. 

David Shearer


David Shearer held the post of Special Representative of the Secretary-General for
South Sudan and Head of UNMISS from January 2017 – April 2021. He commenced his tenure while the country was undergoing a civil war and oversaw the UN’s participation in the country’s transition to a signed peace agreement and unity government.
David served as the Deputy SRSG, Resident Coordinator, and Humanitarian Coordinator in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) (2007-2009). He has held other senior positions with the United Nations, including Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon (2006), head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory, Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and Chief of OCHA in Belgrade among others. He has been an Associate with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and undertaken assignments with the International Crisis Group. He has also headed Save the Children’s operations in Sri Lanka, Somalia, Iraq and Rwanda.
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