History of The Elms, Tauranga – Research Commission

The Elms Foundation Trust Board proposes to commission a new publication about The Elms, to serve as a concise and accessible history of the site and as a visitors’ guide. The Elms is the former Te Papa mission station, established by the Church Missionary Society in 1835 and now operated as a tourist attraction and wedding venue.

This new publication will update the history of The Elms in light of a substantial body of historical research over the last 40 years.

More information about the commission can be here

Applicants for this commission should have either a research-based post-graduate tertiary degree in history or a related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution, or a bachelor’s degree from a recognised tertiary institution, historical research experience and a publication track record.

If you would like to apply for this commission, please express your interest by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample to Andrew Gregg, Manager of The Elms Foundation, by 5pm Friday 10 December (email: manager@theelms.org.nz; post: PO Box 14218, Tauranga Mail Centre, Tauranga, 3143). At the completion of the expressions of interest period, The Elms Foundation will invite a selection of applicants to submit a fully scoped proposal that includes a detailed chapter outline, project plan and budget. Proposals will be assessed in February 2022 with a decision notified in early March.