25 Apr 2019

Teaching difficult histories

From Anzac Day, 8:10 am on 25 April 2019

How do we teach our difficult histories? And in a world of contested narratives and memories how do we create narratives for students and for ourselves that do the past justice and inform our futures. 

Associate Professor Joanna Kidman is a sociologist at Victoria University and she's teamed up with New Zealand historian Dr Vincent O'Malley to explore the role selective memory plays in how we remember violence and difficult moments in Aotearoa's colonial past. 

The project is called He Taonga te Wareware: Remembering and Forgetting New Zealand’s Colonial Past and Joanna and Vincent join Colin to explain how their first year of research has gone. 

The titles to Rangiriri Pā and Te Wheoro Redoubt historical reserve will be handed back to iwi in at ceremony to be held at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia.

The titles to Rangiriri Pā and Te Wheoro Redoubt historical reserve will be handed back to iwi. Photo: RNZ / Shannon Haunui-Thompson

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