2022 ASHA Conference

View of Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands, Aotearoa New Zealand, photo by Jessie Garland.

2022 Conference – 26 to 30 September

The archaeology of interaction

Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell, Bay of Islands, Aotearoa New Zealand

(View from Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands, Aotearoa New Zealand, photo by Jessie Garland.)

Conference location

The 2022 ASHA conference will be held at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel, in Russell, in the Bay of Islands, Aotearoa New Zealand. We are grateful for the support of Kororāreka Marae, as Hau Kainga and Te Ahi Kaa, in hosting this conference.

For any queries about the conference, please email [email protected].

Conference theme

The conference theme is ‘the archaeology of interaction.’ The Bay of Islands has been a site of significant human interaction since the beginning of human settlement of the area. This began with early Māori interaction with the environment and between different iwi. In the 18th century, it was the location of early Māori interaction with Europeans, including Captain James Cook and Marion du Fresne. The conference is particularly timely, as 2022 is the 250th anniversary of Marion du Fresne’s visit to this part of Aotearoa, an event that was devastating for local Māori and resulted in du Frense’s death. In the early 19th century, Kororāreka/Russell became the site of ongoing interaction between Māori and Pākehā, as people from all over the world converged here to take advantage of new trading and commercial opportunities. At the same time, missionaries were pursuing their own ends in the Bay of Islands, as too was the British Crown. In 1840, Waitangi (just over the water from Russell) was the administrative centre, and the site of the first signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi.

The call for session proposals is now open, and proposals relating to the theme of interaction – with the environment, between different people, with material culture, between disciplines, etc – are sought. Variations on the traditional session format are welcome – for example, three minute papers, discussion panels, etc. Session proposals should be sent to [email protected].

Looking out from Rangihoua Pā at the Te Pahi Islands, photo by Jessie Garland.
Looking out from Rangihoua Pā at the Te Pahi Islands, photo by Jessie Garland.

Keynote speaker

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker is Dame Anne Salmond. Dame Anne is a distinguished anthropologist, and a significant focus of her work has been the early interaction between Māori and Pākehā, particularly in the Bay of Islands. This has seen the publication of a number of notable books, including Two Worlds: First Meetings Between Maori and Europeans 1642–1772 and Between Worlds: Early Exchanges Between Maori and Europeans 1773–1815. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, many in recognition of her work to improve New Zealanders’ understanding of their own history, and particularly their understanding of the cultural dynamics and interplay between Māori and Pākehā.

Key Dates

3 May 2022Call for session proposals opens
31 May 2022Call for session proposals closes
3 June 2022Call for papers and registrations opens
26 Sept 2022Early evening function
27 & 28 Sept 2022Conference opens with a pōwhiri at the Kororāreka Marae, followed by conference papers
29 Sept 2022Conference field trip by boat into the Bay of Islands
30 Sept 2022Conference papers and gala dinner
Looking out from Rangihoua Pā at the Te Pahi Islands, photo by Jessie Garland

Travel and Accommodation

(Looking into Wairoa Bay, at the Te Pahi Islands across the Purerua Peninsula, photo by Jessie Garland.)

Travelling to Russell

Russell is in the Bay of Islands, about three hours north of Auckland. Options for travelling to conference include flying to Auckland, Whangārei or Kerikeri then driving to the venue. There is also a bus from central Auckland to Paihia, and then a ferry to Russell. There are more details here: https://russellnz.co.nz/getting-here/

Places to stay

Russell is home to a range of accommodation, including a number of holiday homes. These can be found via websites such as Airbnb, Bachcare, Book A Bach and Holiday Houses. The conference venue also offers accommodation and is offering a discounted rate for conference attendees (of 15%). Details of their accommodation options are available here: https://www.theduke.co.nz/accommodation The conference discount can only be obtained by phone at 09 4037829 or via email at [email protected] and quote either group booking reference number 62266 or the name Australasian Archaeology Conference.

Other accommodation options include:

Other things to do

The Bay of Islands is not only beautiful, it – and the surrounding region of Northland – is home to some fantastic historic sites. Here are some links to tempt you to stay longer than just for conference, and to explore further afield.

Te Tai Tokerau Northland is a Tohu Whenua site, in recognition of its important history. This website lists many of the sites in the area that can be visited: https://tohuwhenua.nz/te-tai-tokerau-northland

The Department of Conservation website provides lots of information about different walks in Northland: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/northland/ And about more historic sites: https://www.doc.govt.nz/our-work/heritage/by-region/northland/

Waitangi, photo by Jessie Garland
Waitangi, photo by Jessie Garland