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History should make us uncomfortable

By Rowan Light


The notion that “history is written by the winner” might seem clichéd but, as the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) crack-down…

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Youth and the whānaungatanga of work

By Rowan Light


How we do help young people who are “off the grid” and have lost connection with the world of work?…

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A truly conservative approach to statues, history, and memory

By Rowan Light


The decision by the Hamilton City Council to remove a statue of its namesake feels like the crest of a…

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Rowan’s op-ed on why the past matters as we face a difficult future

Rowan’s op-ed on why the past matters as we face a difficult future


Rowan’s article highlights the need to look and learn from the past to understand how we can prepare best for…

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Disruption – more than consensus – has been key to Anzac Day and its history

By Rowan Light


For the second year in a row, Anzac Day is essentially cancelled. In 2019, security concerns following the March 15…

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Why Covid-19 calls us back to “communities of memory”

By Rowan Light


As we try to make sense of the pandemic, it’s been interesting seeing people turn to stories. The 2011 film…

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The status of our own history

By Danielle van Dalen


While many of us are raised with storybook histories of pharaohs, kings, queens, and notable events from all over the…

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A brief history of New Zealand’s regional policy initiatives

By Julian Wood


SUCCESSES AND FAILURES 1950s-1984 Earlier on in New Zealand’s history the focus of regional policy aligned well with the OECD’s…

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Picturing our past

Picturing our past

By Danielle van Dalen


June 28, a day that I’m sure will be remembered with another clever Google doodle, is fast approaching. But why…

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