Melissa Matutina Williams
Melissa Matutina Williams (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Maru) is a contributor to Tangata Whenua: an illustrated history and teaches history at the University of Auckland. Her recent book Panguru and the City draws on the oral narratives of the Te Rarawa people who in the mid-twentieth century, at a time when it was ‘not cool to kōrero’, migrated like many rural Māori to the cities of Aotearoa New Zealand. The book challenges how the history of urban migration has previously been told. Melissa Williams’ scholarship has been acknowledged with honours and awards including the Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust / Dame Joan Metge Post-Doctoral Research Award. She has published and presented in the field of indigenous studies in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.