Dr Aroha Harris

BA, MPhil, PhD (Auckland)

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Associate Professor


Dr Aroha Harris belongs to Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi. Her research interests span Māori and iwi histories of Māori policy and community development in the twentieth century. Her practice has included both historical and social research for Government departments, private organisations, and iwi. Contributing research advice for Te Runanga o Te Rarawa on a range of iwi development projects included involvement in the negotiation and settlement of Te Rarawa historical Treaty claims. Aroha is a founding member of Te Pouhere Korero, the national organisation of Māori historians, and co-editor of their journal of the same name. She has variously published in edited collections and academic journals. Her first book, Hikoi: Forty Years of Maori Protest, was published in 2004. Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History (2014), was a collaborative effort with Professor Atholl Anderson and the late Dame Judith Binney. Aroha was appointed a member of the Waitangi Tribunal in 2008, and is currently a member of the Te Rohe Potae (Wai 898) panel.

Research | Current

Exploring tangata whenua histories of people, place, and politics and why they matter.

  • Race relations history
  • Waitangi Tribunal and Treaty of Waitangi claims
  • Māori urban lives, post-war Māori and Auckland City
  • Māori policy in historical context
  • Oral and life histories

Teaching | Current

HISTORY 227/327: Waitangi: Treaty to Tribunal

Postgraduate supervision


  • Kim Moore, MA, "Navy Whanau: Māori and the Royal New Zealand Navy", 2021.
  • Geoffrey Carter, Hons Dissertation, "Pre-European History in the Waitākere Ranges", 2020.
  • Kyra Maquiso, Hons Dissertation, "Unsettling Histories: an Examination of Historical Accounts in Treaty of Waitangi Deeds of Settlement", 2020.
  • Alexander Morreau, Hons Dissertation, "Privatising Petrocorp: Reappraising the narrative of privatisation", 2020.
  • Ben Manley, MA, "A Game of Mū: A study of the records of the Māori Land Court in the Waiariki District and their use in reconstructing Māori histories", 2019.
  • Kristen Rawlinson, MA, "Race, Pakeha Identity, and The Quest for Biculturalism, 1970-1990", 2019.
  • Nathan Williams, Hons Dissertation, "Māori Counter Migration and Housing 1980-2013, Auckland & Northland", 2019.
  • Bailey Masters, MA, "Houhou Rongo: The Pursuit of Peace on the West Coast, 1860-1861", 2019.
  • Marama Henare-Waho, MA, "Ko Te Paerata te papakāinga: mana motuhake revitalised", (He Waka Hiringa, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa), 2017.
  • Kaitlin McLeod, MA, "A Cultural comeback or cultural continuation? Māori theatre and the cultural renaissance, 1955-1975", 2017.
  • Hirini Kaa, PhD, "He Ngakau Hou: Te Haahi Mihinare as a Site of Maori Cultural Construction, 1945-1990", 2015.
  • Marianne Schultz, PhD, "Performing New Zealand: Maori and European song and dance on stage, 1860-1940", 2014.
  • Max Maclaurin, Hons Dissertation, (co-supervised with Associate Professor Jennifer Frost), Indigenous Resistance as Empowerment: cultural revitalisation, historical symbolism and movement strategy at Bastion Point (1977-8) and Wounded Knee (1973), 2012.
  • Jennifer Ashton, PhD, John Webster on the New Zealand Frontier, 1841-1912, 2012.
  • David Holmes, Hons Dissertation, Marshland, Milk & Memory: the manipulated evolution of the Woodlands Block, 2011.
  • Sianatu Lotoaso, Hons Dissertation, The Deported Overstayer of the 1970s, 2011.
  • Jonathan Gould, Hons Dissertation, The British Office's New Zealand Policy in the 1830s, 2011. 
  • Melissa Williams, PhD, 'Back-Home' and Home in the City: Maori Migrations from Panguru to Auckland 1930-1970, 2010.
  • Rewa Morgan, Hons Dissertation, Telling Stories: Rewi's Last Stand. An inquiry into a historical narrative 1914-1922, 2010.
  • Omar Hamed, Hons Dissertation, Direct Action and Environmental Protest in Aotearoa, 1997-2009, 2009.
  • Helen Robinson, PhD, Inventing Traditions in Unsettled Societies: Historic Commemorations in New Zealand and Northern Ireland, 1940-1990, 2009.

Supervision options

  • Aroha is currently available for supervision of theses or dissertations. Please email for an appointment (a.harris@auckland.ac.nz) if you would like to discuss your proposed projects.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Harris, A. (2020). Māori mobilisation in a crisis: A proud history. https://thespinoff.co.nz/atea/07-05-2020/maori-mobilisation-in-a-crisis-a-proud-history/. Related URL.
  • Harris, A. G. (2016). History with Nana: family, life, and the spoken source. In C. Andersen, O'Brien JM (Eds.) Sources and methods in indigenous studies (pp. 128-134). New York, USA: Routledge.
  • Anderson, A., Binney, J., & Harris, A. (2014). Tangata whenua : An illustrated history. Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books. Pages: 544. 10.7810/9781927131411
  • Harris, A. G., & McCallum, M. J. (2012). "Assaulting the Ears of Government": The Indian Homemakers' Clubs and the Maori Women's Welfare League in their Formative Years. In C. Williams (Ed.) Indigenous Women and Work: From Labor to Activism (pp. 225-239). Urbana, Illinois, USA: University of Illinois Press.
  • Harris, A. G. (2012). 'Modern in a Traditional Way': The Māori Search for Cultural Equilibrium in a Saying, a Song and a Short Story. In D. Keenan (Ed.) Huia Histories of Maori: Nga Tahuhu Korero (pp. 339-351). Wellington: Huia Publishers.
  • Harris, A. G. (2011). Story: Ngā tāone nui – Māori and the city. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand
  • Harris, A. (2009). Theorize This: We Are What We Write. Te Pouhere Korero - Maori History, Maori People, 3, 83-90.
  • Harris, A. (2004). Hikoi: Forty Years of Maori Protest. Wellington: Huia Publishers. Pages: 163.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 7, Room 705
New Zealand

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