André Brett

Dr André Brett grew up marking Wellington Anniversary Day on the Kāpiti Coast. He is currently a historian at the University of Wollongong and the author of three books, including Acknowledge No Frontier: The Creation and Demise of New Zealand’s Provinces. Otago University Press is releasing his fourth book later in 2021, Can’t Get There from Here: New Zealand’s Shrinking Passenger Rail Network (with Sam van der Weerden).

Feb 1, 2021

Why NZ's outdated regional anniversaries should be ditched

Some are based on obsolete provincial borders. One celebrates an A&P show. And none of them have any meaning to the vast majority of us.

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Aug 6, 2018

Why deleting Victoria from the name of Wellington's university is a terrible idea

To grasp why the push to change has caused such a fuss, and to appreciate why it’s so muddle-minded, we need to consider how the university got its name, and what names mean to the university community

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