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View recipients of the Humanities Aronui Medal.

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The 2023 Humanities Aronui Medal has been awarded to Vincent O’Malley for research and understanding of New Zealand history, particularly knowledge of the New Zealand Wars and the history of nineteenth-century Māori and Pākehā relations.

Previous recipients


Timothy Mulgan for prolific, original, and influential contributions to philosophy in terms of our obligations to distant strangers and future people.


Annie Goldson, recognising her 26 films, many of them award-winning, that explore difficult contemporary socio-political issues ranging from war, genocide, and sexuality to surveillance, internet piracy and politics, and for her contribution to the academy.


Jack Copeland. Jack is a leading philosopher of artificial intelligence, computing and information technology, and a world-wide expert on Alan Turning. 


Selina Tusitala Marsh for her outstanding creative and scholarly work as a poet and notable Pacific scholar which has had a profound impact in academic, literary and public domains.


Barbara Brookes for her outstanding contribution to Humanities scholarship, reshaping the history of New Zealand by putting women at the centre of a substantial and internationally recognised body of scholarly work culminating in A History of New Zealand Women.


Laurie Bauer for his world-renowned research has focused on word-formation, the description of New Zealand English, and the sound structure of language


Tony Ballantyne for reshaping the scholarly interpretation of British imperial history by demonstrating the importance of networks, cultural difference and mobility, and reconstructing the centrality of colonialism and empires in the making of the modern world


Atholl Anderson for his outstanding contribution to the humanities through research on pre-European migration and colonisation of oceanic islands


Brian Boyd for his wide-ranging contribution to the humanities


Not awarded.


Alan Musgrave for his enduring and profound influence as a philosopher of science whose influence has ranged widely across the humanities and social sciences


Jim Flynn for his outstanding work in political philosophy, in particular his discovery of historical gains in IQ, now known as the ‘Flynn Effect’