New history prize

Honouring one of the great chroniclers of New Zealand history

Dame Judith Binney 1940 - 2011The Judith Binney - Te Tomairangi o Te Aroha Prize will honour the work of the late Professor Dame Judith Binney. Initiated by Department of History colleagues, friends, students, and alumni, the prize will encourage and reward student achievement in, and commitment to, New Zealand history.

Dame Judith’s work as an oral historian, particularly of Māori, and chronicler of communal memories broke new ground and left a lasting impact in the
wider community. Her Māori name – Te Tomairangi o Te Aroha – reflects both her long-standing relationship with people of Tuhoe and the passion with which she explored and chronicled the lives of missionaries, prophets, rebels, chiefs, kuia and kaumatua. Her numerous honours included an inaugural Fellowship of the New Zealand Academy of Humanities and a Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Auckland. She was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to historical research in 2006.

Dame Judith’s scholarly home, the Department of History at The University of Auckland, is known nationally and internationally for its excellence in research and teaching in New Zealand History. The Department wishes to recognise our outstanding students in New Zealand History, students who may continue on to become the next generation of researchers, following and furthering the path that Judith Binney set.

Though Dame Judith’s pen is now silent, her example remains. A donation to the JUDITH BINNEY - TE TOMAIRANGI O TE AROHA PRIZE appeal will honour her legacy by supporting deserving students to attain their academic goals.

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