Paul Hamer

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Kairuruku/Research Associate Te Kawa a Māui

Research interests

Maori in Australia


Paul Hamer is an historian who has mainly worked for the Waitangi Tribunal and Te Puni Kōkiri. Most of his work for the Tribunal has involved assisting in the writing of published Tribunal reports, such as Ko Aotearoa Tēnei (Wai 262), which was published in 2011, and He Whakaputanga me Te Tiriti—the Declaration and the Treaty, which was published in 2014. He has also authored research presented to the Tribunal as evidence, including a report on Lake Horowhenua in 2015 and one on Porotī Springs near Whāngārei in 2016.

In recent years he has also developed specialist knowledge about the migration of Māori to Australia. He authored a research report on this subject for Te Puni Kōkiri in 2007 after having been a visiting fellow at Griffith University in Brisbane in 2006.

Prior to linking with Te Kawa a Māui, Paul was a Senior Associate of the Institute of Policy Studies from 2008 to 2012.

Paul has an MA in history (Distinction) from Victoria University. His Masters thesis was a study of evolving Pākehā attitudes to the indigenous in New Zealand.

PhD research

In 2012 Paul enrolled in a doctorate at Monash University on issues concerning Māori in Australia. He is investigating the history of Māori inclusion and exclusion across the Tasman since 1901, with particular focus on the impact on Māori of the 2001 Australian law changes that heavily restricted New Zealanders’ rights to access Australian government benefits and services.

Selected recent publications

Hamer, P (2017), ‘The Electoral Participation of Māori in Australia’, Political Science, forthcoming.

Hamer, P (2014), ‘“Unsophisticated and Unsuited”: Australian Barriers to Pacific Islander Immigration from New Zealand’, Political Science, 66(2), pp 93–118.

Hamer, P (2012), ‘Māori in Australia: an update from the 2011 Australian census and the 2011 New Zealand general election’, working paper.

Hamer, P (2011) ‘The Split Tōtara: Te Reo Māori and Trans-Tasman Migration’, Te Reo, 54, pp 45-69.

Hamer, P (2010), ‘Kiwi Keith and Kinloch: A Closer Look at Holyoake’s “Proudest Achievement”’, New Zealand Journal of History, vol. 44, no. 2, pp 157-173.

Hamer, P (2010) ‘The impact on te reo Māori of trans-Tasman migration’ Institute of Policy Studies Working Paper 10/11 (Wellington: Institute of Policy Studies).

Hamer, P (2008), ‘One in Six? The Rapid Growth of the Māori Population in Australia’, New Zealand Population Review, 33/34, pp 153-176.

Hamer, P (2009) Measuring Māori in Australia: Insights and Obstacles, Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 36, pp 77-81.

Hamer, P (2008) ‘Māori in Australia: Voting Rights and BehaviourPolicy Quarterly, Vol.4(3).

Hamer, P (2007) Māori in Australia: Ngā Māori i Te Ao Moemoeā (Wellington: Te Puni Kokiri).

Hamer, P (2004) 'A quarter-century of the Waitangi Tribunal: Responding to the challenge' in Janine Hayward and Nicola Wheen (eds), The Waitangi Tribunal: Te Roopu Whakamana i te Tiriti o Waitangi (Wellington, Bridget Williams Books), pp 3-14.