Research funding for fish and chips
Sat, 22 Dec 2012 9:26a.m.
Research about the history of that Kiwi summer staple - fish and chips - is one of 11 projects to win funding from the New Zealand History Research Trust Fund.
Auckland-based Te Awhina Arahanga has been awarded $10,000 for her research about the popular takeaway.
However, the big winner is historian Ron Crosby, who's been awarded $60,000 for his book, Kupapa: Iwi loyal to the Crown.
"I have long been intrigued to see the term 'kupapa' change from an authoritative definition of being 'friendly' to the Crown, to a modern sense of 'traitor'," Mr Crosby said.
The purpose of the book is to describe the nature and extent of support demonstrated by various iwi to the Crown from 1840 to World War Two, and how the Crown failed over time to properly respond to that loyalty.
This led to changes in attitude that caused a dramatic turnaround in the meaning of the word kupapa.
The trust fund is administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and since 1990 it has assisted more than 270 history projects.
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23/12/2012 1:39:05 p.m.
A lot of fish and chips can be bought with that money, maybe enough to feed the whole tribe.
23/12/2012 12:15:03 a.m.
I hope this money awarded for "research" on fish and chips is not public money. If it is the New Zealand History Research Trust Fund should be hung out to dry. What are we going to gain from this..it is a popular NZ takeaway? It is deep fried? It consists of potatoes and fish? We would learn more and potentially save a lot of money from studying the idiots that award this money for this research.
22/12/2012 5:57:01 p.m.
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