Professional Historical Research
& Report Writing Services

Treaty of Waitangi & Marine and Coastal Area Act

Peter McBurney

About

Ardmore History Research are specialists in historical research and report writing to support claims to the Waitangi Tribunal, direct negotiations with the Crown, and related historical and heritage issues.

Peter McBurney has worked as a freelance historian since 1995 under contract to the Crown Forestry Rental Trust and its clients, the Office of Treaty Settlements, as well as whānau, hapū and iwi and various public organisations from throughout Te Ika a Māui (the North Island).

Peter is the author of over 30 reports covering a wide range of Treaty claim issues spanning all periods of Aotearoa / New Zealand’s colonial history, including:

  • tribal oral and traditional histories
  • public works takings of Māori land,
  • the operation of the Native Land Court,
  • the New Zealand Land Wars,
  • legal challenges of the colonial regime undertaken by Māori,
  • Māori organisations aimed at promoting Māori self-determination.

Services

Professional Historical Research & Report Writing Services
Treaty of Waitangi, Marine and Coastal Area Act
Historical Research

Peter’s expertise includes researching and analysing:

  • Government records held at Archives New Zealand
  • Block Order and other files held by the Māori Land Court
  • Māori Land Court minute books
  • Manuscript sources held by museums and public libraries
  • Government publications such as the AJHRs
  • Scholarly Journals such as the JPS
  • Waitangi Tribunal Reports
  • Newspaper Archives, including Māori Newspapers

 

Report Writing

Peter has experience in writing technical reports regarding:

  • Land block histories
  • Pre-1840 tribal histories
  • Oral and traditional histories
  • Land alienation overviews
  • Compulsory land takings under public works legislation
  • Applications under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011

Expertise

Specialist in historical research and report writing to support claims to the Waitangi Tribunal, direct negotiations with the Crown, and related historical and heritage issues.

  • Research complex historical and cultural issues

    Set these out in clear narratives readily accessible to a wide audience.

  • The use of archival sources

    Including records of the Native Land Court, and oral evidence of kaumātua and other tribal experts.

  • A good understanding of Māori culture, social organisation, and land tenure

    Peter McBurney does not speak te reo Māori but has a good understanding of these.

My Work

Some of my recent work:

This project was commissioned by a private organisation that was interested in obtaining an overview of the historical landscape of South Auckland in terms of the identities of local Maori hapū and iwi; where they are based today; and how they were affected during colonial times, and in particular, how their land was alienated by the Crown. It was produced on a limited budget and therefore seeks to cover a lot of ground as efficiently as possible.

Other reports produced by the Ardmore History Research team, are considerably longer and much more detailed. We are in the process of obtaining permission from some of those hapū and iwi clients to make their reports available on this website as examples of our work.

Contact

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Contact Information

Peter McBurney

Address

10 Ardmore Road. Ponsonby. Auckland 1011

Email

Phone

021 259 6269

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