Dr. Paul Moon is professor of history at the Faculty of Maori Development -Te Ara Poutama- at AUT University in Auckland, where he has taught since 1993. His specialist areas of research include the Treaty of Waitangi, and the early period of Crown rule in New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in History and Political Studies, a Master of Philosophy degree with distinction, a Master of Arts degree with honors, and a Doctor of Philosophy. In 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society at University College, London, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Paul is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s foremost experts on the Treaty of Waitangi, and he has published two best-selling books on the topic. He has also produced the biographies of Governors Willilam Hobson and Robert FitzRoy, and the Ngapuhi chief, Hone Heke. In 2003, he issued the ground-breaking book “Tohunga: Hohepa Kereopa,” which has since become the most popular-selling book in its category in the country. He has also written a series of books covering New Zealand history from the 1820s to the 1850s, and has recently published Encounters — a work which has received international praise.
Paul Moon delivers the annual Vaughan Park Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture (YouTube)