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Expanding World, New Country

By | Copyright Year:2019 | ISBN-13: 9780170425315

The first section of Expanding World, New Country, (EWNC) tracks the transformation from the earliest origins in the long-range Polynesian migrations, which brought the ancestors of the Maori to New Zealand. The text draws on the latest scientific, archaeological and ethnographic research.

The next section looks at the development of Maori society through the colonisation, transitional and traditional phases. Shifting focus to Europe with an overview of the ‘Age of Discovery’ and the Enlightenment, progressing through to Cook’s voyages of exploration to New Zealand. The fourth section explores the arrival of, and Maori interaction with, those who came to exploit the country’s resources.

In the fifth section the text explores the two sides of understandings held on what the Treaty document said and the ongoing implications this had. With the end of unified Maori resistance, the government confiscated land and introduced laws further breaking down Maori communal ownership of land and transferring vast quantities to settler ownership. The loss of this economic base accelerated Maori marginalisation as settler numbers boomed. For Maori, the post-wars’ period becomes one of adjustment to the increasing loss of autonomy, witnessed through the rise of both prophet movements and political efforts.

The final section begins by looking at the socio-economic and political inequalities in Britain, exacerbated by the Industrial Revolution. Once here, attention is turned to the nature of both the settlements formed and the values, institutions and expectations of the new New Zealanders, including gender roles, class, societal structure and relationships with the State.

Expanding World chapters were extensively reviewed by historians at transcript stage, see Features for more details.


Chapter 1 Pre-European
The short story, to 1800
Colonisation phase, AD 12---1400
The Transitional phase, 1300-1600
The Traditional phase, 1500-1800

Chapter 2 Cook
First Contact
Captain James Cook
Analysis of Cook

Chapter 3 Contact Period
The next ‘contact period’: the resource hunters
Consequences of Contact
Land speculators
Reluctant Empire: towards a Treaty

Chapter 4 Treaty
Why did Britain propose a treaty?
Why did (many) Maori sign the treaty?
The proceedings

Chapter 5 After the Treaty
After the Treaty: sovereignty versus rangatiratanga
Past and present: Waikato Treaty settlement
Past and present: was colonisation really that bad?
Maori and American Indians: a comparison

Chapter 6 Migration and settlement
The rise of Europe: guns, germs and steel
What is ‘British culture’?
Britain in the 18th and early 19th century
The European diaspora
Push factors: socio-economic inequality in 19th century Britain
Push factors: inequality in the political and legal system
The ‘right sort’ of migrant
Obstacles to migration
Pull factors: migration schemes and assisted passage
Pull factors; ‘getting ahead’
Pull factors; kin migration
Pull factors; war
Pull factors: gold
Pull factors: proximity (Australia)
Pull factors: ‘other’
Influences on New Zealand society
1. Demographics
2. Cultural baggage
‘Progress’ and the role of the State (government)


Expanding World chapters were extensively reviewed at transcript stage and provide narrative while also comparing and contrasting the views of different historians.

Associate Professor Peter Adds (Research Interests: Maori heritage, Maori history, Maori culture, Maori archaeology, Treaty of Waitangi, Treaty settlements.) Reviewed chapters 1-2

Professor Atholl Anderson (Research Interests: oceanic prehistory and ethnohistory, island colonisation, palaeoenvironments, zooarchaeology, chronometry, maritime adaptations.) Reviewed chapters 1-2

Stanley Conrad (crew member of the voyaging canoe Hokule’a and captain of Te Aurere) Reviewed chapter 1

Professor Dame Anne Salmond (Research Interests: Maori society, ways of thinking and living, past and present; Pacific society, ways of thinking and lives, past and present; The Enlightenment in Europe and its Pacific legacies; Experimental futures in New Zealand and the Pacific) Reviewed chapters 2-4

Professor Dame Claudia Orange (Practice Leader Research at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, having previously headed the museum’s History and Pacific Cultures section. She was General Editor of the multi-volume, award-winning Dictionary of New Zealand Biography from 1990 to 2003. She was also Acting Chief Historian from 1997 to 2000 in the History Group of the Department of Internal Affairs, and then 2002–2003 was Senior Historian in Te Ara, the online Encyclopedia of New Zealand in the Ministry for Culture and Heritage) Reviewed chapters 3-5

Vincent O’Malley is a founding partner of HistoryWorks, a Wellington consultancy specialising in Treaty of Waitangi research, and is the author of a number of books on New Zealand history Reviewed chapters 4-5

Professor Tom Brooking (Research Interests: New Zealand history, environmental history, social history, history of ideas, New Zealand and World War One, links between New Zealand and Scotland) Reviewed chapter 6

Associate Professor Caroline Daley (Research Interests: New Zealand social and cultural history, with a special focus on the history of gender relations; Australasian history; history of leisure; history of the body.) Reviewed chapter 6


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