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Fish and chips granted research funding

Saturday 22 Dec 2012 10:10 a.m.

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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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