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Our history books

Our historians have written a range of titles covering New Zealand's state agencies to the country’s involvement in military conflicts. Recent publications can be purchased from bookshops. For older publications, contact your local library for assistance in obtaining a lending copy. You can search for library holdings using the New Zealand Libraries Catalogue.

New Zealand Libraries Catalogue.

Books written by our historians.

2017

Today in New Zealand history, Neill Atkinson, David Green, Gareth Phipps and Steve Watters (Exisle)

2016

New Zealand's Western Front campaign, Ian McGibbon (David Bateman)

2015

The Penguin Book of New Zealand War Writing, Gavin McLean and Harry Ricketts (Penguin)

Remembering Christchurch : voices from decades past, Alison Parr (Penguin)

The Western Front : a guide to New Zealand Battlefields and Memorials, Ian McGibbon (Penguin)

New Zealand's First World War heritage, Imelda Bargas and Tim Shoebridge (Exisle)

2014

Nga tama toa = he toto heke, he Tipare Here ki te ūkaipo : Kamupene C, Ope Taua (Maori) 28 1939-1945 : i tuhia tenei pukapua i te reo Maori, Monty Soutar (David Bateman)

Gallipoli : a guide to New Zealand battlefields and memorials, Ian McGibbon (Penguin)

No front line : inside stories of New Zealand's Vietnam War, Claire Hall (Penguin)

Facing the Front: New Zealand's Enduring First World War, Gavin McLean (New Zealand Portrait Gallery)

2013

New Zealand and the First World War 1914-1919, Damien Fenton (Penguin). Read more about this book on NZHistory.net.

The white ships : New Zealand’s First World War hospital ships, Gavin McLean (New Zealand Ship & Marine Society)

The war that never ended : New Zealand veterans remember Korea / as told to Pip Desmond (Penguin)

2012

Social Developments - an organisational history of the Ministry of Social Development and its predecessors, 1860 - 2011, Tim Garlick (Ministry for Social Development). View a full-text copy as a pdf copy  (18.95MB) on MSD's website.

Featherston Military Training Camp and the First World War, Tim Shoebridge (Ministry for Culture and Heritage).  First published in 2011 as an online edition only, printed in 2012.  Hard-copies can be purchased from Ministry.  An online edition is available on NZHistory.net's website.

The Occupiers : New Zealand veterans remember post-war Japan, Alison Parr (Penguin)

Fighting spirit : 75 years of the RNZAF, Margaret McClure (Random House)

2011

Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau, 1769-1960 . E-book containing the Māori language biographies from all published volumes of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Available on the Ministry's website.

2010

Te Taiao : Māori and the natural world / Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand (David Bateman)

New Zealand's Vietnam War : a history of combat, commitment and controversy, Ian McGibbon (Exisle)

Battlefields of the New Zealand Wars : a visitor's guide, David Green (Penguin)

Quarantine! : protecting New Zealand at the border, Gavin McLean and Tim Shoebridge (Otago University Press)

Home: Civilian New Zealanders Remember the Second World War, Alison Parr (Penguin)

2009

La Batalla del Rio de la Plata : la historia Neocelandesa, Ian McGibbon (Ministry for Culture and Heritage) 

The Cabinet makers : New Zealand's Prime Ministers, Gavin McLean (New Zealand Portrait Gallery)

National War Memorial & Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, Tim Shoebridge (Ministry for Culture and Heritage)

New Zealanders and the sea / Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand (David Bateman)

The Penguin Book of New Zealanders at War, Gavin McLean, Ian McGibbon and Kynan Gentry (eds) (Penguin Books)

The Watchdog : New Zealand's Audit Office 1840 to 2008, David Green and John Singleton (Otago University Press)

2008

The Gunners: A History of New Zealand Artillery, Alan Henderson, David Green and Peter Cooke (Raupo)

Little Histories: Reflections on the Keeping of New Zealand's Registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Megan Hutching (Department of Internal Affairs).  View a full-text copy of Little Histories on DIA's website.

Maori tribes of New Zealand / Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand (David Bateman)

Nga tama toa : the price of citizenship ; C Company 28 (Maori Battalion) 1939-1945, Monty Soutar (David Bateman)

Parliament's library - 150 years, John Martin (Steele Roberts/Dunmore)

Settlers: New Zealand immigrants from England, Ireland and Scotland 1840–1945, Jock Phillips and Terry Hearn (Auckland University Press)  

2007

How to Do Local History, Gavin McLean (Otago University Press)

Last Line of Defence: New Zealanders Remember the War at Home, Megan Hutching (ed.) (HarperCollins)

Life on the edge: New Zealand’s natural hazards and disasters / Te Ara  - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand (David Bateman)

Trainland: How Railways Made New Zealand, Neill Atkinson (Random House)

2006

Against the Rising Sun: New Zealanders Remember the Pacific War, Megan Hutching (ed.) (HarperCollins)

The Big Show: New Zealanders, D-Day and the War in Europe, Alison Parr  (Auckland University Press)

The Governors: New Zealand's Governors and Governors-General, Gavin McLean (Otago University Press)

Innovation and Independence: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand 1973-2002, John Singleton et al  (Auckland University Press)

Māori peoples of New Zealand: ngā iwi o Aotearoa /  Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand (David Bateman)

Wellington: Biography of a City, Redmer Yska (Reed Publishing)

Settler and migrant peoples of New Zealand / Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand (David Bateman)

2005

The Desert Road: New Zealanders Remember the North African Campaign, Megan Hutching (ed.) (Harper Collins)

Frontier of Dreams: The Story of New Zealand, Bronwyn Dalley & Gavin McLean (eds) (Hodder Moa)

Gallipoli: A Guide to New Zealand Battlefields and Memorials, Ian McGibbon (Reed Publishing)

Hell or High Water: New Zealand Merchant Seafarers Remember the War, Neill Atkinson (ed.) (Harper Collins).

More Than Law and Order: Policing a Changing Society, 1945-92, Susan Butterworth (Otago University Press)

New Zealand and the Vietnam War: Politics and Diplomacy, Roberto Rabel  (Auckland University Press)

We Call it Home: A History of State Housing in New Zealand, Ben Schrader (Reed Publishing)

2004

A Carved Cloak for Tahu, Mere Whaanga  (Auckland University Press)

A Fair Sort of Battering: New Zealanders Remember the Italian Campaign, Megan Hutching (ed.) (Harper Collins)

The House: New Zealand's House of Representatives 1854 - 2004, John E. Martin (Dunmore Press)

New Zealand and the Second World War: The People, the Battles and the Legacy, Ian McGibbon (Hodder Moa Beckett)

Our Islands, Ourselves: A History of Conservation in New Zealand, David Young (University of Otago Press)

Putea Whakairo: Maori and the Written Word, Bradford Haami (Huia Publishers)

The Wonder Country: Making New Zealand Tourism, Margaret McClure (Auckland University Press)

2003

Adventures in Democracy: A History of the Vote in New Zealand, Neill Atkinson (University of Otago Press)

From Emergency to Confrontation: The New Zealand Armed Forces in Malaya and Borneo 1949-66, Chris Pugsley (Oxford University Press)

New Zealand: Opening to the World, 1930s - 1990s, Compiled by Steve Watters (David Bateman)

Treasury: The New Zealand Treasury, 1840 - 2000, Malcolm McKinnon (Auckland University Press)

2002

'A Fair and Just Solution'? A History of the Integration of Private Schools in New Zealand, Rory Sweetman (Dunmore Press)

Inside Stories: New Zealand Prisoners of War Remember, Megan Hutching (ed.)  (Harper Collins)

Kiwi Sappers: The Corps of the Royal New Zealand Engineers' Century of Service, Ian McGibbon (Reed Publishing)

Learning for Life: The origins of Auckland University of Technology 1895 - 2000, Louise Shaw (Auckland University of Technology)

Rewarding Service: A History of the Government Superannuation Fund, Neill Atkinson (University of Otago Press

Statistics Count: An Illustrated History of Statistics New Zealand, David Green (Statistics New Zealand)

2001

New Zealand: An Emerging Identity, 1870s - 1930s, Compiled by Steve Watters (David Bateman)

New Zealand Battlefields and Memorials of the Western Front, Ian McGibbon (Oxford University Press)

'A Unique Sort of Battle': New Zealanders Remember Crete, Megan Hutching (ed.) (Harper Collins)

Wellington Polytechnic 1962 to 1999: A History, Ian Dougherty (Massey University)

2000

Breadwinning: New Zealand Women and the State, Melanie Nolan  (Canterbury University Press)

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography Volume 5, 1941 - 1960, Claudia Orange (ed.) (Auckland University Press/Department of Internal Affairs)

Living in the Twentieth Century: New Zealand History in Photographs, 1900 - 1980, Bronwyn Dalley (Bridget Williams Books/Craig Potton Publishing)

Town and Country: The National Associations and Insurance Companies of Local Government in New Zealand, Bryan Gilling and Alan Henderson (Local Government New Zealand)

New Zealand: The Making of a Colony, 1815 - 1870, Compiled by Steve Watters (David Bateman)

Nga Tangata Taumata Rau Volume 5, 1941 - 1960, (Auckland University Press/Department of Internal Affairs

OxfordCompanion to New Zealand Military History, Ian McGibbon (ed.) (Oxford University Press)

1999

Bricklayers and Mortarboards: A History of New Zealand Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology, Ian Dougherty (Dunmore Press)

Japan and New Zealand: 150 Years, Roger Peren (NZ Centre for Japanese Studies)

Long Journey for Sevenpence: An Oral History of Assisted Immigration to New Zealand from the United Kingdom, 1947-1975, Megan Hutching (Victoria University Press)

Maori Health and Government Policy 1840-1940, Derek A. Dow (Victoria University Press)

A policeman's paradise? : policing a stable society 1918-1945 , Graeme Dunstall (Dunmore Press)

People, Politics and Power Stations: Electric Power Generation in New Zealand 1880-1998, John E. Martin (ed.) (Electricity Corporation of New Zealand)

To Fight For The Empire: An Illustrated History of New Zealand and the South African War, 1899-1902, John Crawford with Ellen Ellis (Reed Publishing)

Unofficial Channels: Letters Between Alister McIntosh and Foss Shanahan, George Laking and Frank Corner 1946-1966, Ian McGibbon (ed.) (Victoria University Press)

1998

A Civilised Community: A History of Social Security in New Zealand 1898-1998, Margaret McClure (Auckland University Press)

DSIR: Making Science Work for New Zealand, Ross Galbreath (Victoria University Press)

Family Matters: Child Welfare in Twentieth century New Zealand, Bronwyn Dalley (Auckland University Press)

For Whom the Bells Toll: A History of the National War Memorial, Chris Maclean (Heritage Group, Department of Internal Affairs)

Guide to Style, David Green (Historical Branch). Information from this guide is available on NZHistory.net's website.

New Zealanders By Choice, Megan Hutching (Identity Services, Department of Internal Affairs)

The Ombudsman in New Zealand, Bryan Gilling (Dunmore Press)

The Pacific Forum Line: A Commitment to Regional Shipping, Tony Nightingale (Clerestory Press)

Reforming Education: The New Zealand Experience 1984-1996, Graham and Susan Butterworth (Dunmore Press/Ministry of Education)

1997

Fortuitous Legacy: The Masterton Trust Lands Trust, 1872-1997, Alan Henderson (Masterton Trust Lands Trust)

Ham Shacks, Brass Pounders & Rag Chewers: A History of Amateur Radio in New Zealand, Ian Dougherty (New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters)

Jayforce: New Zealand and the Military Occupation of Japan 1945-48, Laurie Brocklebank (Oxford University Press)

The Mother of All Departments: The History of the Department of Internal Affairs, Michael Bassett (Auckland University Press)

New Zealand Historical Atlas: Visualising New Zealand / Ko Papatuanuku e Takoto Nei, Malcolm McKinnon (ed.) (David Bateman)

Nga Korero a Pita Kapiti/The Teachings of Pita Kapiti, Anaru Reedy (Canterbury University Press)

1996

Government Valuers: Valuation New Zealand 1896-1996, Bryan Gilling (Valuation New Zealand)

Holding the Balance: A History of New Zealand's Department of Labour 1891-1995, John E. Martin (Canterbury University Press)

Links: A History of Transport and New Zealand Society, James Watson (GP Publications)

New Zealand and the Korean War, vol. 2: Combat Operations, Ian McGibbon (Oxford University Press) 

1995

 

Competition & Co-operation: The Insurance Council and the General Insurance Industry in New Zealand 1895-1995, Alan Henderson (Insurance Council)

The History of Policing in New Zealand, vol. 3, The Iron Hand in the Velvet Glove: The Modernisation of Policing in New Zealand, 1886-1917, Richard S. Hill  (Dunmore Press)

Safeguarding the Public Health: A History of the New Zealand Department of Health, Derek Dow (Victoria University Press)

The Turnbull: A Library and Its World, Rachel Barrowman  (Auckland University Press)

1994

Building the New Zealand Dream, Gael Ferguson (Dunmore Press)

Children's Health, The Nation's Wealth: A History of Children's Health Camps, Margaret Tennant (Bridget Williams Books)

Just Women: Women in the Corrections Operations Group of the Department of Justice, Megan Hutching (Historical Branch)

Kati Au i Konei: A Collection of Songs from Ngati Toarangatira and Ngati Raukawa, Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal (Huia Publishers)

Land and Water: Water and Soil Conservation and Central Government in New Zealand 1941-1988, Michael Roche (Historical Branch)

On a Roll: A History of Gambling and Lotteries in New Zealand, David Grant (Victoria University Press)

1993

Benefiting Women: Income Support for Women, 1893-1993, Ann Beaglehole (Social Policy Agency, Department of Social Welfare)

Getting On, Anne Else (Department of Commerce)

Notable Women in New Zealand Health: Te Hauora Ki Aotearoa, Ona Wahine Rongonui, Patricia Sargison (Longman Paul)

Royal Summer: The Visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to New Zealand 1953-54, Jock Phillips (Daphne Brasell Associates)

Talking History: A Short Guide to Oral History, Megan Hutching (Bridget Williams Books)

The 'Taxwoman': 101 Years of Women Working in the Inland Revenue Department 1892-1993, Fiona McKergow (Inland Revenue Department)

Undiplomatic Dialogue: Letters between Carl Berendsen and Alister McIntosh, 1943-1952, Ian McGibbon (ed.) (Auckland University Press)

Women of Value: A History of Women in the Valuation Department and Valuation New Zealand 1896-1993, Bronwyn Dalley (Valuation New Zealand)

Women Together: A History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand/Nga Ropu Wahine o te Motu, Anne Else (ed.) (Daphne Brasell Associates)

Women and Welfare Work 1893-1993, Penny Ehrhardt with Ann Beaglehole (Department of Social Welfare)

Women's History: A Short Guide to Researching and Writing Women's History in New Zealand, Bronwyn Labrum (Bridget Williams Books)

Working for Wildlife: A History of the New Zealand Wildlife Service, Ross Galbreath (Bridget Williams Books)

1992

Brief Encounter: American Forces and the New Zealand People 1942-1945, Jock Phillips with Ellen Ellis (Historical Branch)

Local History: A Short Guide to Researching, Writing and Publishing a Local History, Gavin McLean (Bridget Williams Books)

New Zealand and the Korean War, vol. 1: Politics and Diplomacy, Ian McGibbon (Oxford University Press)

Te Haurapa: An Introduction to Researching Tribal Histories and Traditions, Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal (Bridget Williams Books)

White Collars and Gumboots: A History of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, 1892-1992, Tony Nightingale (Dunmore Press)

1991

Glimpses of the Past: The First Fifty Years of the Department of Labour, John E. Martin (Department of Labour)

The Path to Gallipoli: Defending New Zealand 1840-1915, Ian McGibbon (GP Books)

People, Politics and Power Stations: Electric Power Generation in New Zealand 1880-1990, John E. Martin (ed.) (Bridget Williams Books/Electricity Corporation of New Zealand) 

1990

 

Civil Defence in New Zealand: A Short History (Ministry of Civil Defence)

The Quest for Efficiency: The Origins of the State Services Commission, Alan Henderson (States Services Commission)

The Sorrow and the Pride: New Zealand War Memorials, Chris Maclean and Jock Phillips (GP Books)

A Woman of Good Character: Single Women as Immigrant Settlers in Nineteenth century New Zealand, Charlotte Macdonald (Allen and Unwin)

1989

The History of Policing in New Zealand, vol. 2, The Colonial Frontier Tamed: New Zealand Policing in Transition, 1867-1886, Richard S. Hill (GP Books)

Paupers and Providers: Charitable Aid in New Zealand, Margaret Tennant (Allen and Unwin)

1988

Black November: The 1918 Influenza Epidemic in New Zealand, Geoffrey Rice (Allen and Unwin)

A Small Price to Pay: Refugees from Hitler in New Zealand, 1936-46, Ann Beaglehole (Allen and Unwin)

1986

The History of Policing in New Zealand, vol. 1, Policing the Colonial Frontier: The Theory and Practice of Coercive Social and Racial Control in New Zealand 1767-1867, Richard S. Hill (Government Printer)

Maternity in Dispute: New Zealand 1920-1939, Philippa Mein Smith (Historical Publications Branch/Government Printer)

The New Zealand People at War: The Home Front (2 vols), Nancy M. Taylor (Government Printer)

1985

Documents on New Zealand External Relations, vol. 3, The Anzus Pact and the Treaty of Peace with Japan, Robin Kay (Government Printer)

1982

Documents on New Zealand External Relations, vol. 2, The Surrender and Occupation of Japan, Robin Kay (Government Printer)

1981

Blue-Water Rationale: The Naval Defence of New Zealand 1914-1942, Ian McGibbon (Government Printer)



Updated on 27th September 2017