Macmillan Brown Lectures

The Macmillan Brown Lectures are a prestigious series of public lectures given by scholars at any of the university centres in the New Zealand. First delivered in 1941, the lectures explore a wide range of subjects about New Zealand and Pacific history and culture.

You can find recordings of Macmillan Brown Lectures from 2005 to 2012 on the Radio New Zealand website. The table below lists the lectures going back to 1941.

Recent Lectures

  • 2016-Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director General of the Pacific Community.
    The Future of Regionalism

Historical Lectures

Year Location Lecturer Title
2012 Canterbury Right Honourable Murray McCully and Mr Sitiveni Rabuka Democracy in the South Pacific with particular focus on recent history in Fiji
2010 Canterbury Associate Professor Roger Fyfe The World Under One Roof - who owns the past?
2009 Canterbury Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith and Professor Michael Walker Reflections on Maori, Pacific and (Western)/Scientific Knowledge
2008 Canterbury Professor Helen Leach From Kai to Kiwi Kitchen - tracing the development of New Zealand's Culinary traditions
2007 Canterbury  Professor Cluny Macpherson The Warm Winds of Change in the Contemporary Pacific
2006 Canterbury  Mr Jonathan Mane Wheoki  Pasifika Rising: A Cultural Strand in Contemporary New Zealand Art
2005 Canterbury  Associate Professor Elizabeth Gordon Finding our own Voice: The English language in New Zealand
2004 Auckland Professor Albert Wendt From the Vaipe to Waipapa: Autobiography as History
2003 Auckland Dame Ann Salmond The Trial of the Cannibal Dog, or Why did Captain Cook die?
2000 Auckland Professor Michael Peters Education and Culture in Postmodernity: The Challenges for Aotearoa New Zealand 
1999 Victoria Dr Nancy Pollock Pacific Studies in New Zealand - Macmillan Brown's megalithic images as viewed through the 20th Century
1998 Canterbury  Dr Sir Tipene O'Regan The Journey and The Dream
1997 Massey  Professor Kerry Howe Nature, culture and history: The knowing of Oceania
1996 Waikato  Dr Robert Mahuta, Dr Tamati Reddy, Dr Richard Benton Issues in Maori development: The Tainui settlement - vision and reality
1995 Canterbury Dr William Sax The Gods at play: Art, politics, religion
1994 Victoria Dr James Belich Race and New Zealand: Some social history of ideas
1993 Lincoln Professor Emeritus Kevin O'Connor Traditional cultural values and the sustaining of life on earth
1992 Auckland Professor Emeritus Bruce Biggs Kimihea te mea ngaro: Seek that which is lost
1990 Waikato Professor G M Walker and Mr Robert Mahuta University and the space where God was: Post hoc ergo Propter Hawke & Taawahio's dream
1989 Massey Professor Ben Finney From sea to space
1988  Canterbury Dr Malama Meleisea The seeds of change: Political development in Western Samoa
1987 Auckland Dr Andaya Glimpses of Indonesian history: A commentary on Macmillan Brown's 'The Dutch East'
1986 Otago Professor Emeritus A Thornton Maori oral literature as seen by a classicist
1983 Canterbury Dr Margaret Orbell Hawaiki: a new approach to Maori tradition
1982 Auckland Professor W H Pearson Rifled sanctuaries: Pacific Islands in Western literature
1981 Otago Professor Peter J Wilson Three problems in human evolution
1979 Canterbury Dr. Richard D Bedford Perceptions Past and Present of a Future for Melanesia
1978 Auckland Professor Maurice P K Sorrenson Some modern Maori myths and legends
1977 Otago Professor Emeritus A Ross New Zealand to 1947: A developing nation state
1976 Victoria Professor Roger Robinson Satiric fantasies in modern fiction
1975 Canterbury W J Gardner Early university life in Australia and New Zealand
1974 Auckland Lady Aileen Fox Prehistoric Maori fortifications
1973 Otago Professor Ernest A Horsman On the side of the angels? Disraeli and the Nineteenth-century Novel
1972 Victoria Professor W Oliver New Zealand about 1890
1971 Canterbury Professor Raymond A Copland God above and God within: The literature of belief
1970 Auckland Associate Professor E A Sheppard Henry James: 'The Turn of the Screw'
1969 Otago Associate Professor Gordon S Parsonson Oceania in the age of imperial Spain
1968 Victoria D F Crozier Tongan and papalangi: Anomie in Polynesia
1967 Canterbury Professor John C Garrett Utopias in literature since the romantic period
1966 Auckland Professor F S Scott The art of the Icelandic family sagas
1965 Otago Professor William P Morrell British policy and the Maori wars
1963 Victoria Montague H Holcroft Islands of innocence: the childhood theme in New Zealand fiction
1962 Canterbury Ngaio Marsh Three-cornered world: the producer, the actor, the audience
1959 Otago Jack Golson Prehistory in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands
1959 Victoria Dan M Davin Joyce Cary
1957  Auckland S Musgrove Shakespeare and Jonson
1957 Canterbury Museum Roger S Duff The settlement of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands
1943 Victoria Heinrich F von Haast The lectures and articles of the late Professor John Macmillan Brown on Shakespeare and the Elizabethan drama
1941 Canterbury College Alexander G Henderson John Macmillan Brown Lectures