• Tahuhu Korero

Welcome and Call for Submissions

Kia ora koutou and welcome to Tāhuhu Kōrero! Tāhuhu Kōrero is a blog founded by the University of Auckland History Society with the aim of improving the accessibility and inclusivity of the study of history. We want to engage people in the study of history outside of the Department at the University of Auckland. Ultimately, our goal is to use this platform to foster productive dialogue about why history is important and relevant to our lives today.

We also want to use this blog to showcase the awesome work that history students are doing at the University of Auckland. Too often, we submit our work and only our tutors or lecturers get to read it. We want to share your writing with the world! That’s why we’re making a call for submissions for Tāhuhu Kōrero. There are three ways you can get involved:

  • Turn your assignment into a blog post: do you have an essay that you’re proud of, and would like to work on a bit more? What about a dissertation or thesis that you want to share with more people? We’d love students to turn their assignments from long, jargon-filled academic essays into short, engaging blog posts! For more information about the contribution guidelines, click here.

  • Write an article for our blog: we’re looking for students to write about a range of topics, from New Zealand history to the American Revolution. For a full list of the topics we’d like articles on, keep reading!

  • Write about a historical event: we’re also keen for submissions about any historical event that you’re interested in writing about! Send us your ideas and a rough plan of your article and we’ll let you know if we’re keen to publish it.

  • Why should you want to write for us? Firstly, it’s an opportunity for you to expand your writing skills beyond the academic format. This is a really good skill to have, and something you can brag about to future employers. Secondly, it’s a chance for you to share your writing and ideas with the world in an accessible way.

The topics we’re looking for articles about are:

  • Waitangi Day

  • The American Revolution

  • Polynesian Panthers and the Dawn Raids

  • 1989 Tiananmen Square protests

  • Environmental history in New Zealand

  • Matariki and its celebration in New Zealand

  • Fires in urban cities (e.g. Great Fire of London and Chicago fire)

  • Māori Women's Welfare League

  • 1975 Land March and Māori activism around land alienation

  • Labour history in New Zealand

  • The Great Depression (in New Zealand and overseas)

  • Invasion of pacifist settlement at Parihaka

  • Berlin Wall opening

  • Trans history in New Zealand (can be connected to broader LGBTI+ history)

To complement the blog, Michaela is the host of the Tāhuhu Kōrero podcast. These will be released twice monthly and will be associated with the blog post that is released in the same week. We want to make history accessible to all, and we acknowledge that after a long day of work or university, not everyone enjoys another thing to read. It is for this reason that we are creating podcasts, which can be found on most podcast platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Youtube. You can also click on >> this link << to go to our podcast page on our website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with the founders and current editors, Kathryn Cammell (kcam697@aucklanduni.ac.nz) and Michaela Selway (mdow762@aucklanduni.ac.nz).

We look forward to hearing from you and reading your work!

Mā te wā,

Kathryn and Michaela.

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