Aotearoa Gender History Network – 27 July

The next Aotearoa Gender History Network seminar is on Wednesday Rāapa 27 July, 12 pm – 1 pm, via zoom
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Sam Iti Prendergast, Dreaming Sovereign Futures in Aotearoa and Hawai’i: Rihi Puhiwahine and Haunani-Kay Trask  

Sam Iti Prendergast (Ngāti Maniapoto) is lecturer in history at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. Her work examines the tensions between the aspirations of white nationhood and the possibilities of Indigenous relationality in the 20th and 21st c South Pacific. She is currently completing her PhD at New York University.

Emma Powell and Inano Walter, Va’ine Māori: Narration, agency and relationality

Emma Ngakuravaru Powell has genealogical affiliations to the islands of Atiu and Mangaia in the Cook Islands. She is a lecturer in Indigenous Studies at the University of Otago where she teaches Indigenous research theory and method, and governance and ethics. Her current research focuses on the political, cultural and genealogical imbrications of New Zealand’s imperial Realm, a geography that the Cook Islands is a part of. She also explores notions of exchange, correspondence and genealogical connection across the Eastern Polynesian region.  

Inano Walter has genealogical links to Rarotonga and Mauke in the Cook Islands and is a PhD candidate at the University of Otago in the School of Physical Education and Sport Science and Te Tumu Māori, Pacific, and Indigenous School. Her professional interests include Māori and Pacific tertiary pedagogies and Pacific tertiary engagement. Her research interests include examining the lifeways and narratives of Māori and Pacific women and how this can inform our indigenous understandings of women’s wellbeing. In addition, she is a Research Fellow Assistant for a Marsden Project: Te whai wawewawe a Māuitikitiki-ā-Taranga: Revitalization of Māori string figure knowledge and practice, is a member of Te Koronga Graduate Research Excellence and is a recipient of the University of Otago Pacific Islands Doctoral Scholarship for 2021.

Coming up next:

Wednesday Rāapa 7 September, 12 pm – 1 pm, via zoom


Ereni Putere, Rau mōrehu ki te ao, rau mahara i te pō: Navigating history and the lives of Kāi Tahu

Ahinata Kaitai-Mullane, Power, Positionality, Perspective: Unpacking colonialism in contemporary pornography

This is a regular, online seminar. Each session (held via zoom) features 2 x 10–12-minute research presentations on current research in Gender History with a focus on Aotearoa New Zealand, followed by discussion.

Convenors: Charlotte Greenhalgh ( and Charlotte Macdonald (