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28 March 2024

Researcher's new book nominated for literary award

A PhD researcher has seen her new book put forward for a prestigious literary prize.


Catherine Comyn, who studies with the Department of European and International Studies, was included in the longlist for non-fiction works at the Ockham New Zealand 2024 Book Awards.

Catherine’s book, the Financial Colonisation of Aotearoa, examines the role of finance at the heart of the British colonial project in the 19th century. Catherine’s research reveals the fiscal instruments and imperatives that drove the dispossession and subjugation of the Māori peoples of Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the 1800s, at the height of British colonial expansion.

The awards were launched in 1996 and celebrate the best new literary works produced by writers in New Zealand. The 2024 final will take place in May as part of the Auckland Writers Festival.

You can find out more about Catherine’s book here:

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Catherine Comyn

PhD candidate in International Political Economy