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Tuesday 28 May 2024, 12:10 pm to 1:00 pm

Alexander Turnbull Library, Taiwhanga Kauhau - Auditorium
Corner Molesworth & Aitken St
New Zealand


Finance at the centre of colonisation

Finance was at the centre of every stage of the colonisation of Aotearoa, from the sale of Māori lands and the emigration of early colonists to the founding of settler nationhood and the enforcement of colonial governance.

Join Catherine Comyn for a talk on her Ockham-longlisted book, The Financial Colonisation of Aotearoa (ESRA, 2023), hailed by Jane Kelsey as “the most stimulating book I have read on the colonisation of Aotearoa from the exciting new generation of scholars”.

The anti-colonial struggle today

Catherine tells the story of the financial instruments and imperatives that drove the British colonial project in the 19th century. By illuminating the centrality of finance in the colonisation of Aotearoa, Catherine not only reframes the understanding of this country's history, but also the stakes of anti-colonial struggle today.

Public history talks

These free Public History Talks are a collaboration between the Alexander Turnbull Library and Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. They are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month, March to November.

The talks are recorded and you can find them at the Apple store, Spotify and Podbean #newzealandhistory.

Listen to previous public history talks

About the speaker

Catherine Comyn (Ngāti Ranginui, Pākehā) is a PhD candidate in International Political Economy at King's College London. Her research focuses on finance capital and colonisation, and possibilities for their overcoming.