About the blog
Tāhuhu kōrero is a blog founded by Kathryn Cammell, Michaela Selway and the University of Auckland History Society. Here you will find research and work completed by students of History at the University of Auckland (UoA). Much of the work completed by students are submitted and never widely read, so this blog was started with the aim of creating more awareness of what people are interested in and why the past really matters to us now. This blog was born out of the desire to share knowledge: for students and the public to read what we have learnt, create a greater awareness of the past and how it relates to our present, and continue the conversation about past events.
Some people have asked why history matters now, why do we still write history? How does it impact us in the present day? According to Richard Carrier, history is "social memory." History helps us to orient where we are in our world based on past events and to make sense of the present. By learning from the mistakes of the past, we can make better decisions in the present. History is deeply connected to the present and for that reason, it is imperative that we know our history.
The current blog editor is the co-founder, Michaela Selway (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you would like to get in touch with questions, ideas or submissions she would love to hear from you.
Behind the name
They sat down to debate esoteric lore, history and whakapapa, and the interpretations of ancient karakia and waiata.
We chose the Te Reo phrase ‘tāhuhu kōrero’ to be the name of our blog not only because it translates into ‘history’ in English, but because of the meaning of the word ‘kōrero’. According to the Māori dictionary, ‘kōrero’ can be translated to mean ‘speech, narrative, story, news, account, discussion, conversation, discourse, statement, information’. We felt that this multitude of definitions also captured the various methods and perspectives involved in the study of history. Most importantly, ‘kōrero’ emphasises the importance of the conversation element of this blog and the practice of history more broadly. To be a historian is not just to study the past; it is to engage in a conversation with other historians about the meanings of these events and their relevance. We hope that this blog can also be a platform for conversations about our histories and what they mean for us today.
About the editor
Michaela Selway is a current History MA student at the University of Auckland. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in 2017, majoring in History and minoring in Spanish. Michaela finished her Bachelor of Arts Honours in History in 2018. Michaela's interests lie in Medieval European Cultural History, particularly in ideas of belief and identity. Her honours dissertation explored the motivations behind conversion in Medieval Iberia between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries with a comparison between law codes and lay accounts. Her MA is focused on the use of religious texts in Histories throughout late Antiquity to the High Medieval Period.
Meet the 2020 Team
Heidi Chapman is a Master of Arts student in History. Her interest lies in British social and political history. Since she completed a double-major undergraduate degree in History and Chinese, her thesis is about the spread and the influence of Chinese fashion in London in the eighteenth century.
Lucy Francks is a Bachelor of Arts Honours student in History. She is interested in New Zealand and American history, and her Honours dissertation investigates how the Treaty of Waitangi has been taught in schools throughout New Zealand history.
Bryony Ammonds-Smith is a third-year Bachelor of Arts student double majoring in History and English. Her interests lie heavily in the twentieth century, predominantly around the film, fashion and social change in both Europe and New Zealand.
All posts by contributing authors reflect their own thoughts, opinions and experiences, and do not necessarily represent the perspectives of the University of Auckland History Society.