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Dr Michael Stevens

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Room 2S7, Arts 1 (Burns) Building
Tel 64 3 479 8682
Email michael.stevens@otago.ac.nz
 

Academic Qualifications

2010: PhD, University of Otago
2004: BA(Hons), University of Otago
2004: LLB, University of Otago
 

Research Interests

Mike (nō Kāi Tahu ki Awarua) is a Senior Lecturer in Māori History interested in knowledge born out of cross-cultural entanglement and colonisation in the long nineteenth-century. He focuses primarily on southern New Zealand’s colonial and maritime histories, especially as they relate to Kāi Tahu families and communities.

His PhD examined changes and continuities in southern Kāi Tahu life as illustrated by te hopu tītī ki Rakiura, better known as muttonbirding: the annual harvest of juvenile sooty shearwaters from islands clustered around Stewart Island. Mike was raised in this tradition and continues to participate in it.

Mike’s work is noted for blending whakapapa and an attention to the specificities of place with a strong sense of British imperial history to shed light on the formation of distinctive Māori social formations. This approach is at the heart of a three-year Marsden Fast-Start research project funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand. This project focuses on the industrial port of Bluff which is located on the south-coast of New Zealand’s South Island and is Mike’s hometown. For more information on this project, see:

http://www.worldhistoryofbluff.org.nz/
 

Areas of Research Supervision

Māori history, Kāi Tahu history, nineteenth century New Zealand history, maritime history.
 

Papers taught

Mike has taught 200 and 300-level courses on the history of Māori Politics between 1830 and 1996 and Cultural Encounter in New Zealand between 1769 and 1874. He currently convenes and co-teaches HIST107: New Zealand in the World, 1350-2000.

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Publications

Stevens, M. J. (2015). A 'useful' approach to Māori history. New Zealand Journal of History, 49(1), 54-77.

Stevens, M. J. (2013). An intimate knowledge of 'Maori and mutton-bird': Big Nana's story. Journal of New Zealand Studies, 14, 106-121.

Stevens, M. J. (2013). Ngāi Tahu and the 'nature' of Māori modernity. In E. Pawson & T. Brooking (Eds.), Making a new land: Environmental histories of New Zealand. (pp. 293-309). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Stevens, M. J. (2012). Settlements and 'Taonga': A Ngai Tahu commentary. In N. R. Wheen & J. Hayward (Eds.), Treaty of Waitangi settlements. (pp. 124-137). Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books.

Stevens, M. J. (2010). Kāi Tahu writing and cross-cultural communication. Journal of New Zealand Literature, 28(2), 130-157.

Chapter in Book - Research

Stevens, M. J. (2015). 'Pōua's cloak': The Haberfield family kahu kiwi. In A. Cooper, L. Paterson & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), The lives of colonial objects. (pp. 253-258). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Stevens, M. J. (2015). Māori political history 1860-1960. In J. Hayward (Ed.), New Zealand government and politics. (6th ed.) (pp. 4-14). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Stevens, M. J. (2015). Jarring views of colonialism. In E. Rankin (Ed.), Neil Pardington: The order of things. Auckland, New Zealand: Baker+Douglas.

Stevens, M. (2014). Te Hopu Tītī ki Rakiura: 'Fat meat for the winter'. In A. Anderson, J. Binney & A. Harris (Eds.), Tangata Whenua: An illustrated history. (pp. 316-317). Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books. doi: 10.7810/9781927131411

Stevens, M. J. (2013). Ngāi Tahu and the 'nature' of Māori modernity. In E. Pawson & T. Brooking (Eds.), Making a new land: Environmental histories of New Zealand. (pp. 293-309). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Stevens, M. J. (2012). Settlements and 'Taonga': A Ngai Tahu commentary. In N. R. Wheen & J. Hayward (Eds.), Treaty of Waitangi settlements. (pp. 124-137). Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books.

Stevens, M. J. (2012). Roasted muttonbird: Roast tītiī. In A. Baldacchino & G. Baldacchino (Eds.), A taste of islands: 60 recipes and stories from our world of islands. (pp. 182-185). Charlottetown, Canada: Island Studies Press.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Stevens, M. (2014). Pōhā: A clever way to store food. In School journal: Level 2. (pp. 24-32). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Education.

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Journal - Research Article

Stevens, M. J. (2015). A 'useful' approach to Māori history. New Zealand Journal of History, 49(1), 54-77.

Stevens, M. J. (2013). An intimate knowledge of 'Maori and mutton-bird': Big Nana's story. Journal of New Zealand Studies, 14, 106-121.

Stevens, M. J. (2011). “What's in a name?”: Murihiku, colonial knowledge-making, and “thin-culture”. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 120(4), 333-347.

Stevens, M. J. (2011). ‘The ocean is our only highway and means of communication’: Maritime culture in colonial southern New Zealand. Journal of New Zealand Studies, (12), 155-167.

Stevens, M. J. (2010). Kāi Tahu writing and cross-cultural communication. Journal of New Zealand Literature, 28(2), 130-157.

Ruru, J., & Stevens, M. (2007). Maori land owners and their spouses and partners. New Zealand Law Journal, (October), 325-326.

Stevens, M. J. (2006). Kāi Tahu me te Hopu Tītī ki Rakiura: An exception to the 'Colonial Rule'? Journal of Pacific History, 41(3), 273-291.

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Journal - Research Other

Stevens, M. J. (2014). [Review of the book Once were Pacific: Māori connections to Oceania]. Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History, 15(1), 18.

Stevens, M. J. (2013). [Review of the book Huia histories of Māori: ngā tāhuhu kōrero]. Journal of Pacific History, 48(2), 236-238. doi: 10.1080/00223344.2013.782620

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Stevens, M. J. (2011). Doing Māori history now. Proceedings of the New Zealand Historical Association Conference: Past Tensions: Reflections on Making History. Retrieved from http://www.waikato.ac.nz/wfass/NZHA2011/

Stevens, M. J. (2010). Say what (you mean)? Nature and nativism in New Zealand. New Zealand Ecological Society Annual Conference: Biodiversity: 2010 and Beyond. (pp. 118). Retrieved from http://www.nzesconference.org.nz/programme

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Stevens, M. (2015, May). The Māori house at Bluff: Making native space in southern New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the Hui Poutama: Māori Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. (2014, June). "A lasting benefit for a new race"? Southern Māori and a Christian prophet of profit. Verbal presentation at the Pacific Futures: Past and Present, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. (2014, November). Kāi Tahu me Poihakena”: Southern Māori mobility in the Tasman Triangle. Verbal presentation at the Rethinking Native Spaces: Indigenous Mobilities Across and Beyond the Antipodes, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. (2013, February). Poua's cloak: The Haberfield/Metzger family kahu-kiwi. Verbal presentation at the Inaugural Conference of the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. (2013, March). The evils of a transition state? Maori, colonial politics and the economics of Eden. Verbal presentation at the Colonial Origins of New Zealand Politics and Government Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. (2013, November). Wohlers of Ruapuke: Alone on an island? Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Historical Association Biennial Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. (2013, November). All at sea? A critical reflection on Māori history. Verbal presentation at the Maritime History Workshop: New Historical Perspectives on New Zealand and the Sea, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. (2012, August). The relationship between Māori history and colonial history: A new Sinatra doctrine. Verbal presentation at the Writing Colonial Histories Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. (2012, August). "What's in a name?": Murihuku, colonial knowledge-making, and "thin-culture". Verbal presentation at the Hui Poutama: Māori Research Symposium: Ka Haere Whakamua, Ka Titiro Whakamuri, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. (2011, February). The Haberfields of Greenhills: At home with Kai Tahu modernity. Verbal presentation at the Otago: The Making of a Colonial Culture Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. (2011, August). Kāi Tahu literacy and cross cultural communication. Verbal presentation at the Māori Research Symposium: Hui Poutama: Past Present Future: Ka Haere Whakamua, Ka Titiro Whakamuri, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. (2010, November). Do you see what I see? ″Māoritime″ history in colonial Southern New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the Beyond Representation Conference: Cultural Histories of Colonial New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. (2010, December). Muttonbirds and missionisation in southern New Zealand: A case-study of colonisation and science. Verbal presentation at the Nature, Empire and Power Symposium, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. (2010, September). Useful knowledge? Verbal presentation at the Māori Historians' Symposium: He Rau Tumu Kōrero III: 21st Century Māori History, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. J. (2009, June). ″Big Nana made me promise″. Verbal presentation at the Interracial Intimacies: New Zealand Histories Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Stevens, M. J. (2007, November). The whale that never slept: Indigenous resource use, epistemology and identity in southern New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, Tulsa, OK.

Stevens, M. (2006, December). Whalers and Wohlers: Missionary science and intermarriage in Murihiku. Verbal presentation at the 17th Pacific History Association Biennial Conference: Te Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Stevens, M. J. (2011). “Tītī tribalism” post-Te Kerēme: Tips for tribal beginners? [in Arahia Pathfinders: Ngāi Tahu Research Centre Scoping Paper on Tribal Economies]. Christchurch, New Zealand: Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, University of Canterbury. 8p.

Stevens, M. (2010). Research and development strategy for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Commissioned by Te Rūnanga Group. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. 18p.

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Other Research Output

Stevens, M. (2014, May). Purgatory or a rich field to till? Christian missions and missionaries in southern New Zealand, 1840-1885. Historical Lectures Series, Opoho Presbyterian Church, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Public Lecture].

Stevens, M. (2014, July). Kāi Tahu and colonial literacy: More than just "writing" the wrongs. Canterbury Historical Association, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Public Lecture].

Stevens, M. (2010, July). Interview on Good Morning, Television New Zealand (TVNZ) One. [Television Broadcast].

Stevens, M. (2008, June). Knowledge-making in southern New Zealand. Cabinet of Natural History Seminar, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. [Research Seminar].

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Stevens, M. J. (2010). Muttonbirds and modernity in Murihuku: Continuity and change in Kāi Tahu knowledge (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. 334p.

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