Dr Hirini Kaa
MA, PhD (Auckland)
Dr Hirini Kaa is of Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata descent. Hirini has worked in a range of areas including in the social services sector, for the Anglican Church and for his iwi, and continues his various roles in the Anglican Church. Hirini has extensive television experience including presenting, researching and co-writing the seven part historical documentary series 'The Prophets' for Maori Television, which explored Māori prophetic movements from an Anglican perspective. Hirini continues to be sought out for commentary on a range of subjects across different media outlets. His PhD thesis was ‘He Ngākau Hou: Te Hāhi Mihinare and the Renegotiation of Mātauranga, c.1800-1992’, a ground-breaking exploration of the engagement of Christianity and Iwi in Aotearoa-New Zealand in the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries. Hirini also leads an innovative pedagogical project "Ako Arts" which seeks to embed Maori and Pacific values in teaching to ensure student success.
Research | Current
- Indigenous/Maori engagement with Christianity and Empire
- Indigenous spirituality, health and wellbeing
- Indigenous/Maori pedagogies and educational leadership
I have been awarded a prestigious Marsden Fund Fast-Start grant from the Royal Society to undertake a project: 'The Young Māori Party: Leading Iwi into Modernity' from 2018-2020.
I'm currently working on my book for Bridget Williams Books on Iwi engagement with Christianity c.1800-1992.
Teaching | Current
Hirini is not currently teaching courses, but is in demand as a guest lecturer in a range of disciplines and fields.
THEOREL 208 Religious Resistance to Empire: Native and Indigenous Movements, 1900-1945
THEOREL 308 Religious Resistance to Empire: Native and Indigenous Movements, 1900-1945
HISTORY 227 Waitangi: Treaty to Tribunal
HISTORY 327 Waitangi: Treaty to Tribunal
HISTORY 705 Writing New Zealand
Graham Cameron, 'An historical contextual theology of Pai Marire, the first indigenous Christian faith', PhD, Otago
Charl Hirschfeld, 'Maori Rejoinder to the Ratification of Crown Institutional Racism in Aotearoa 1852-1931', PhD, AUT
Ryan Anderson, ‘Te Kāinga Tupu’ Māori Cultures of Travel 1888-1918', MA Thesis
Shareena Dullabh, '‘Mana Wahine’: The Māori Women’s Welfare League and the Māori Play-centre Movement, 1951-1973', BA(Hons) Dissertation
Bailey Masters, 'Pākehā Perceptions of Kūpapa “Loyalty” and the Politics of Racial Alliances During the East Coast Wars, 1865-1872', BA(Hons) Dissertation
Kim Moore, 'Mātauranga Māori and Modernity: Reframing the Tohunga Suppression Act 1907', BA(Hons) Dissertation
Matthew Nickless, 'Through the Red Lens: Constructed Perceptions of Māori as a Violent Race, 1857-1873', MA Thesis
Jonothan Whyte, 'Towards defining a Northern political tradition: Hone Heke Ngapua, 1892-1909’, BA(Hons) Dissertation
New Zealand Journal of History Board of Management member
Auckland History Initiative Board of Management member
Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Ethics Committee Member, Maori Health Committee advisor
General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Member
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Kaa, H. (2014). Ngā hāhi – Māori and Christian denominations. http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/nga-hahi-maori-and-christian-denominations/page-1. Related URL.
- Kaa, H. (2014). Indians, Mihinare and Anglicans: Caught in the Web of Transnational Histories. Te Pouhere Kōrero, 7, 35-46.
- Kaa, H. (2014). He Ngākau Hou: Te Hāhi Mihinare and the Renegotiation of Mātauranga, c.1800-1992 The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
- Kaa, H. (1/1/2013). The Prophets (Television Program) [Television]. Related URL.
- Kaa, H. (2012). Sex, Sin and Salvation: Māori Morality through a Christian Lens. Te Pouhere Kōrero, 6, 27-34.
- Kaa, H. (2000). 'Te wiwi nati’ : the cultural economy of Ngati Porou, 1926-1939 The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland. Related URL.