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. Hirini has extensive telvision experience including presenting, researching and co-writing the seven part historical documentary series 'The Prophets' for Maori Television, and he 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’ and his MA thesis was ‘Te Wiwi Naati: The Cultural Economy of Ngati Porou, 1926-1939’. 

Research | Current

  • Indigenous/native engagement with Christanity and Empire
  • Indigenous economics
  • Iwi/Maori and the media
  • Indigenous/Maori sexualities and relationships
  • The Young Maori Party and the Maori branches of the WCTU

I'm currently working on my book for Bridget Williams Books on Iwi engagement with Christianity c.1800-1992, due out mid 2017.

Teaching | Current

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


Postgraduate supervision


Ryan Anderson, 'Maori Travellers in London', MA

Shareena Dullabh, 'Integration and Self-Determination: The Impact of Integrationist Rhetoric on Self-Determination for Maori and Aboriginal Australians, 1960-79', BA(Hons)

Ben Manley, '‘Intoxicating and Spiritual Effect’: A study of the records of the Maori Land Court and analysis of their importance in re-constructing Maori histories', MA

Bailey Masters, 'Ngā Kūpapa me Ngā Raiona:   A critique of the perception of “pro-government” Māori motives in parliament 1868 — c.1890', BA(hons)

Kim Moore, 'New Zealand, Myth, and Māori: Social Welfare Policy at the Turn of the Twentieth Century', BA(hons)

Matthew Nickless, 'Through the Red Lens: Pakeha Perceptions of Maori as a Violent Race, 1850-1870', MA

Kristen Rawlinson, 'On the Outskirts: Pākehā Involvement with the Māori Activist Movements', MA

Jonothan Whyte, 'Northern Perspectives on the Tohunga Suppression Act 1907’, BA(Hons)



New Zealand Journal of History Board of Management member

New Zealand Historical Association Web convenor

School of Humanities Equity Co-ordinator

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.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24422
  • 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.


Contact details

Primary location

OKARETA - Bldg 215
New Zealand

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