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Professor Lachy Paterson

Lachy Paterson imageBA, PGDipArts (Otago), RSA/Cambridge CELTA, PhD (Otago)

Contact

Office 2S4 Richardson Building, South Tower
Tel +64 3 479 3972
Email lachy.paterson@otago.ac.nz

Research


Much of Lachy's primary research involves niupepa (Māori-language newspapers) and other texts of the mid-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. From these and other sources he explores the social, political and religious discourses promulgated within these publications, and has published widely on this topic.

His most recent monograph (co-written with Professor Angela Wanhalla) is He Reo Wāhine: Māori Women’s Voices from the Nineteenth Century (Auckland University Press, 2017). More recently he co-edited (with Professor Tony Ballantyne and Professor Angela Wanhalla) Indigenous Textual Cultures: Reading and Writing in the Age of Global Empire (Duke University Press, 2020).

Lachy is currently working with Angela Wanhalla on “Te Hau Kāinga: Histories and Legacies of the Māori Home Front, 1939-45”, supported by the Royal Society Te Aparangi’s Marsden Fund. This project explores the impact of war at home on ordinary Māori families and communities, and on Māori society more broadly, during and after the conflict.

Teaching

  • Semester 1, 2021: MAOR 427 He Tuhituhinga
  • Semester 2, 2021: MAOR 310  Special Topic: Ngā Pakanga Nunui: The New Zealand Wars

Guest lectures in various papers including:

  • MAOR 102 Māori Society
  • PUBH 204 Hauora Māori: Challenges and Opportunities

When offered, he also teaches into the following papers:

Supervision

To date Lachy has supervised postgraduate students to completion for 6 PhD and 2 Master of Arts theses, 6 Master of Indigenous Studies and 1 Master of Education research reports; and one BA(Hons) and one PGDipArts dissertation. His students have included various topics relating to aspects of Māori or Indigenous history, theology, education, language and culture. Lachy is happy to supervise students interested in historical or contemporary issues, including research written in te reo Māori.

Current

  • Megan Pōtiki, PhD, Historic Language Loss at Ōtākou

Completed

  • Keomailani Eaton, MIndS (2021), Aloha ʻĀina: Land, language and Kanaka ʻŌiwi Identity
  • Matiu Payne, PhD (2020), Tamaiti whāngai in a Ngāti Mutunga context
  • Kelli Te Maiharoa, PhD (2020), Māori peace-making traditions (submitted)
  • Tania Oxenham, MEd (2017), Te Awa: an essay-writing model for first year degree Māori students in tertiary studies
  • John Birnie, PhD (2017), Learner-centredness in the teaching of te reo Māori
  • Gianna Leoni, PhD (2016), Mā te taki te kāhui ka tau. Te waiaro ki te reo Māori i ngā hinonga kāwanatanga. (Use of te reo Māori in government departments. Submitted in Māori.)
  • Kate Timms, PhD (2013), Language policies for te reo Māori in New Zealand and Gaelic in Scotland
  • Matiu Payne, MIndS (2013), Case Studies: Whāngai adoptions and the Native Land Court
  • Michelia Ward, MIndS (2012), New Zealand Trade Aid and the Quecha of Peru
  • Alexander Stevens, MIndS (2012), Impact of mispronunciation of Māori names
  • Eilis Haden, MIndS (2010), Youth work in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Hauiti Hākopa, PhD (2011), Indigenous digital mapping
  • Hone Te Rire, MIndS (2009), The impact of Christianity on Māori identity
  • Craig Hall, PGDipArts (2008), Māori-language teaching pedagogies
  • Jacinta Paranihi, BA(Hons) (2008), Case study: Post-contact hapū formation
  • Emily Owen, MA (Massey, 2008), Early New Zealand Whaling
  • Vic Evans, MA (Massey, 2007), Studio pottery movement in Nelson, 1956–1976

Research Grants

  • A.C. Wanhalla and L. Paterson (2018) Marsden Fund Te Hau Kāinga: Histories and Legacies of the Māori Home Front, 1939-1945 ($746,000)
  • Paterson, L. (2008). University of Otago Research Grant: $7382. Project title: Women Workers of the Presbyterian Māori Mission.
  • Paterson, L. (2006). Massey University Research Grant: $4950. Project title: Presbyterian Deaconesses within Māori Communities.

Distinctions

  • 1999: University of Otago Prestigious Scholarship
  • 1997: Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangihiroa) Prize in Maori Studies (200-level)
  • 1997: Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangihiroa) Prize in Maori Studies (300-level)

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Publications

Paterson, L. (2022, June). Te Hau Kāinga: Researching the Māori Home Front. Whakātane Historical Society Address, Knox Presbyterian Church, Whakātane, New Zealand. [Research Presentation (External Institution)].

Paterson, L. (2022, April). The Ngārimu V.C. celebration, 1943. Te Hau Kāinga: The Māori Home Front. Retrieved from https://www.maorihomefront.nz/en/whanau-stories/ngarimu-v-c-1943/

Paterson, L. (2022, March). A dispute in the bush. Te Hau Kāinga: The Māori Home Front. Retrieved from https://www.maorihomefront.nz/en/whanau-stories/dispute-in-the-bush

Paterson, L. (2022, February). Māori and the 1940 centennial. Te Hau Kāinga: The Māori Home Front. Retrieved from https://www.maorihomefront.nz/en/whanau-stories/maori-and-the-1940-centennial

Paterson, L. (2021, November). Te Reo Māori and the Presbyterian Church (1945). Te Hau Kāinga: The Māori Home Front. Retrieved from https://www.maorihomefront.nz/en/whanau-stories/te-reo-maori

Paterson, L., & Wanhalla, A. (2017). He Reo Wāhine: Māori women's voices from the nineteenth century. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press, 372p.

Authored Book - Research

Paterson, L. (2006). Colonial discourses: Niupepa Māori 1855-1863. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 250p.

Authored Book - Research

Ballantyne, T., Paterson, L., & Wanhalla, A. (Eds.). (2020). Indigenous textual cultures: Reading and writing in the age of global empire. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 368p. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv153k5kj

Edited Book - Research

Reilly, M., Duncan, S., Leoni, G., Paterson, L., Carter, L., Rātima, M., & Rewi, P. (Eds.). (2018). Te Kōparapara: An introduction to the Māori world. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press, 484p.

Edited Book - Research

Cooper, A., Paterson, L., & Wanhalla, A. (Eds.). (2015). The lives of colonial objects. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 368p.

Edited Book - Research

Morrison, H., Paterson, L., Knowles, B., & Rae, M. (Eds.). (2012). Mana Māori and Christianity. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia, 356p.

Edited Book - Research

Watson, J., & Paterson, L. (Eds.). (2011). A great New Zealand prime minister? Reappraising William Ferguson Massey. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 176p.

Edited Book - Research

Ballantyne, T., & Paterson, L. (2020). Indigenous textual cultures, the politics of difference, and the dynamism of practice. In T. Ballantyne, L. Paterson & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Indigenous textual cultures: Reading and writing in the age of global empire. (pp. 1-28). Durham, NC: Duke University Press. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv153k5kj.4

Chapter in Book - Research

Paterson, L. (2020). Māori literacy practices in colonial New Zealand. In T. Ballantyne, L. Paterson & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), Indigenous textual cultures: Reading and writing in the age of global empire. (pp. 80-98). Durham, NC: Duke University Press. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv153k5kj.7

Chapter in Book - Research

Paterson, L. (2018). Pāora Tūhaere's voyage to Rarotonga. In R. Standfield (Ed.), Indigenous mobilities: Across and beyond the Antipodes. (pp. 233-254). Canberra, Australia: Australia National University Press. doi: 10.22459/IM.06.2018

Chapter in Book - Research

Paterson, L. (2018). Piki, Heke: Opportunity and disappointment, 1840-1863. In M. Reilly, S. Duncan, G. Leoni, L. Paterson, L. Carter, M. Rātima & P. Rewi (Eds.), Te Kōparapara: An introduction to the Māori world. (pp. 194-208). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Wanhalla, A., & Paterson, L. (2018). ‘Tangled up’: Intimacy, emotion, and dispossession in colonial New Zealand. In P. Edmonds & A. Nettelbeck (Eds.), Intimacies of violence in the settler colony: Economies of dispossession around the Pacific Rim. (pp. 179-199). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-76231-9_9

Chapter in Book - Research

Cooper, A., Paterson, L., & Wanhalla, A. (2015). Introduction: A scheme of things. In A. Cooper, L. Paterson & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), The lives of colonial objects. (pp. 13-19). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Paterson, L. (2015). 'A sparrow alone upon the house top': The Te Pihoihoi Press. In A. Cooper, L. Paterson & A. Wanhalla (Eds.), The lives of colonial objects. (pp. 117-121). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Paterson, L. (2013). Te Hokioi and the legitimization of the Māori nation. In B. Hokowhitu & V. Devdas (Eds.), The fourth eye: Māori media in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 124-142). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Paterson, L. (2012). Pakeha or English? Māori understandings of Englishness in the colonial period. In L. Fraser & A. McCarthy (Eds.), Far from 'Home': The English in New Zealand. (pp. 123-143). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Paterson, L. (2012). The rise and fall of women field workers within the Presbyterian Māori mission, 1907-1970. In H. Morrison, L. Paterson, B. Knowles & M. Rae (Eds.), Mana Māori and Christianity. (pp. 179-204). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia.

Chapter in Book - Research

Stevens, S. M., & Paterson, L. (2011). Nga Tamatoa and the rhetoric of brown power: Re-situating collective rhetorics in global colonialism. In D. Payne & D. Desser (Eds.), Teaching writing in globalization: Remapping disciplinary works. (pp. 17-38). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Chapter in Book - Research

Watson, J., & Paterson, L. (2011). Introduction. In J. Watson & L. Paterson (Eds.), A great New Zealand prime minster? Reappraising William Ferguson Massey. (pp. 7-14). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Stenhouse, J., & Paterson, L. (2004). Ngā poropiti me ngā Hāhi: Prophets and the curches. In T. M. Ka'ai, J. C. Moorfield, M. P. J. Reilly & S. Mosley (Eds.), Ki te Whaiao: An introduction to Māori culture and society. (pp. 171-180). Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson Education New Zealand.

Chapter in Book - Research

Moorfield, J. C., & Paterson, L. (2002). Loanwords used in Māori-language newspapers. In J. Curnow, N. Hopa & J. McRae (Eds.), Rere Atu, Taku Manu! Discovering history, language and politics in the Maori-language newspapers. (1 ed.) (pp. 60-77). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Paterson, L. (2002). Kiri Mā, Kiri Mangu: The Terminology of race and civilisation in the mid-nineteenth century Maori-language newspapers. In J. Curnow, N. Hepa & J. McRae (Eds.), Rere Atu, Taku Manu! Discovering History, Language and Politics in the Maori-Language Newspapers. (1 ed.) (pp. 78-97). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Paterson, L. (2018). Introduction to Part Two. In M. Reilly, S. Duncan, G. Leoni, L. Paterson, L. Carter, M. Rātima & P. Rewi (Eds.), Te Kōparapara: An introduction to the Māori world. (pp. 155-157). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Chapter in Book - Other

Paterson, L. (2020). Te Karere o Poneke: Creating an indigenous discursive space? Itinerario, 44(2), 365-390. doi: 10.1017/S0165115320000170

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, L. (2017). The Te Waka Maori libel case of 1877. law&history, 4(1), 88-112.

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, L. (2016). The New Zealand government's Niupepa and their demise. New Zealand Journal of History, 50(2), 44-67.

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, L. (2014). Visual identity in Niupepa Māori nameplates and title-pages: From traditional to aspirational. Script & Print, 38(2), 67-79.

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, L. (2013). 'The similarity of hue constituted no special bond of intimacy between them': Close encounters of the indigenous kind. Journal of New Zealand Studies, 14, 19-40.

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, L. (2013). Identity and discourse: Te Pipiwharauroa and the South African War, 1899-1902. South African Historical Journal, 65(3), 444-462. doi: 10.1080/02582473.2013.770063

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, L. (2011). Government, Church and Māori responses to mākutu (sorcery) in New Zealand in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Cultural & Social History, 8(2), 175-194. doi: 10.2752/147800411X12949180694308

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, L. (2011). Te Whakamahi i te Kupu Rangatiratanga i te Tekau mā Iwa o ngā Rautau. He Pukenga Kōrero, 10(1), 15-22.

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, L. (2011). The Kohimārama Conference of 1860: A contextual reading. Journal of New Zealand Studies, 12, 29-46.

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, L. (2010). Hāwhekaihe: Māori voices on the position of 'half-castes' within Māori society. Journal of New Zealand Studies, 9, 135-156.

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, L. (2010). Print culture and the collective Māori consciousness. Journal of New Zealand Literature, 28(2), 105-129.

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, L. (2008). Māori "Conversion" to the rule of law and nineteenth-century imperial loyalties. Journal of Religious History, 32(2), 216-233. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9809.2008.00708.x

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, L. (2007). Rēweti Kōhere's model village. New Zealand Journal of History, 41(1), 27-44.

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, L. (2021). Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi: The early years of the Young Māori Party. Kaiako Tāhuhu Kōrero, 1(8), 6-12. Retrieved from https://nzhta.org.nz/nzhta-journal

Journal - Research Other

Paterson, L. (2019). [Review of the book Ko Taranaki Te Maunga]. Australian Historical Studies, 50(4), 536-537. doi: 10.1080/1031461X.2019.1663753

Journal - Research Other

Paterson, L. (2019). Confronting the dark past [Review of the book The New Zealand wars: Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa]. Landfall Review Online. Retrieved from https://landfallreview.com

Journal - Research Other

Paterson, L. (2017). [Review of the book Haerenga: Early Maori journeys across the globe]. New Zealand Journal of History, 51(1), 208-209. [Book Review].

Journal - Research Other

Paterson, L. (2017). [Review of the book The first migration: Maori origins 3000BC-AD1450]. New Zealand Journal of History, 51(1), 208-209. [Book Review].

Journal - Research Other

Paterson, L. (2014). [Review of the book Racial Crossings: Race, Intermarriage and the British Empire]. Britain & the World, 7(2), 298-300. doi: 10.3366/brw.2014.0161

Journal - Research Other

Ballantyne, T., Paterson, L., & Wanhalla, A. (2011). Introduction: Communicating culture in colonial New Zealand [Editorial note]. Journal of New Zealand Studies, 12, v-vi.

Journal - Research Other

Paterson, L. (2011). [Review of the book Stories without end: Essays 1975–2000]. Journal of Pacific History, 46(3), 406-408. doi: 10.1080/00223344.2011.632951

Journal - Research Other

Ballantyne, T., Paterson, L., & Wanhalla, A. (2010). Introduction: Cultures of print [Editorial]. Journal of New Zealand Literature, 28(2), 5-9.

Journal - Research Other

Paterson, L. (2021). The history of the n-word in New Zealand. The Spinoff, (16 January). Retrieved from https://thespinoff.co.nz/atea/atea-otago/16-01-2021/the-history-of-the-n-word-in-new-zealand

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Paterson, L. (2002). Haiti and the Maori King movement. History Now: Te Pae Tawhito o Te Wa, 8(1), 18-22.

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Paterson, L. (2020). Ngā Niupepa Māori: Māori-language newspapers, and why they are important today [Keynote]. Proceedings of the Bibliographical Society of Australia & New Zealand (BSANZ) Annual Conference: The History of the Book and the Future of the World. (pp. 6). Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/view/bsanz-conference-2020

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Paterson, L., & Wanhalla, A. C. (2018). He Reta Aroha: Languages of emotion on the colonial frontier. Proceedings of the Australian Historical Association (AHA) Annual Conference. Retrieved from http://adc-2018.m.aha2018.currinda.com/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Paterson, L. (2019, December). Postcolonial/national histories. Panel discussion at the Annual Meeting of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC), Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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