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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 Associate 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 Associate 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

Professor Paterson is on Research and Study Leave until 7 June 2021.

In Semester 2, 2021, he is introducing a new paper: MAOR 310 Special Topic: Ngā Pakanga Nunui: The New Zealand Wars (Semester 2, 2021), and will also be teaching MAOR110 Introduction to Conversational Māori.

When offered, he also teaches into the following papers:

Guest lectures in various papers including:

Supervision

To date Lachy has supervised postgraduate students to completion for six PhD and two Masters of Art theses, five Master of Indigenous Studies and one 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
  • Keomailani Eaton, MIndS, Aloha ʻĀina: Land, language and Kanaka ʻŌiwi Identity

Completed

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

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

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

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

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

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

Authored 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

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

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

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). 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

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

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

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

Ballantyne, T., Paterson, L., & Wanhalla, A. (Eds.). (2011). Journal of New Zealand Studies, 12. [Journal Editor].

Other - Edited Journal

Ballantyne, T., Paterson, L., & Wanhalla, A. (Eds.). (2010). Journal of New Zealand Literature, 28(2). [Guest Editors].

Other - Edited Journal

Wanhalla, A. & Paterson, L. (2015, March). Indigenous women, writing and colonialism. Distinguished Visiting Speaker Series, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. [Research Seminar].

Other Research Output

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