Dr Michael Stevens

Dr Michael Stevens

Mike (nō Kāi Tahu ki Awarua) is a Senior Lecturer in Māori History interested in knowledge born out of cross-cultural entanglement and colonisation in the long nineteenth-century. He focuses primarily on southern New Zealand’s colonial and maritime histories, especially as they relate to Kāi Tahu families and communities.

His PhD examined changes and continuities in southern Kāi Tahu life as illustrated by te hopu tītī ki Rakiura, better known as muttonbirding: the annual harvest of juvenile sooty shearwaters from islands clustered around Stewart Island. Mike was raised in this tradition and continues to participate in it.