This symposium, featuring leading international and New Zealand scholars, will consider the interactions between Christianity, te ao Māori and colonization in Aotearoa New Zealand. Current public conversations on the nature of our history, the Treaty of Waitangi, and issues of Crown governance and Māori authority, call for fresh research and perspectives on multi-faceted relationships and processes.
The wānanga-symposium will canvass such questions as: how can this ‘national history’ be reframed in terms of local and global interconnections? What was the indigenous response to Christianity by Māori leaders and communities? How should we understand te Tiriti o Waitangi in light of the local context and the wider picture of European empires? What do these entangled histories of beliefs and practices, of ideas and institutions, and of texts and state power, mean for our identities and common life in these islands called New Zealand or Aotearoa?
The wānanga-symposium will be hosted in the beautiful Bay of Islands, at Te Tii marae and Copthorne Hotel (Waitangi).
Brought to you by Te Tii Marae, Te Pihopatanga o te Tai Tokerau, Karuwhā Trust, New Zealand Church Missionary Society, St John’s Theological College, and Laidlaw College.
More information can be found here.