John E. Martin


Dr. John E. Martin has researched and written about New Zealand history for forty years. Before becoming parliamentary historian he worked in the Historical Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs and taught in universities. His publications include rural and labour history, the history of science and engineering, and social and political history. His books include The Forgotten Worker (1990), People, Politics and Power Stations (1991 and 1998), Holding the Balance (1996, The House: New Zealand’s House of Representatives, 1854-2004 (2004), Parliament’s Library (2008), Honouring the Contract (2010), Illuminating Our World (2017), and A Colonist’s Gaze (2018). He currently works as a freelance historian and will publish Empire City – a history of the early years of Wellington – in 2022 as well as being involved in diverse heritage and conservation projects.


  • Research
  • Writing


  • Economics
  • Government administration
  • Institutional
  • Labour
  • Politics
  • Regional
  • Science