Paul Diamond

Ngāti Hauā, Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi

1968 -

Diamond ‘is a writer, journalist, historian and broadcaster. He was born in Putaruru to a Māori father and a Pākehā mother, and grew up in the Hutt Valley. Diamond began his broadcasting career with Mana Māori Radio in 1997, and has also produced radio features on Māori topics for Radio New Zealand, and worked as a senior reporter for Te Hāteri on Māori Television. His radio programmes have won Qantas Media and Media Peace Awards. In 2001, he was awarded a David Low Chevening Fellowship to study at Oxford University....Paul was a judge for the New Zealand Post Book Awards in 2010 and 2011, and was appointed to the boards of the (then) New Zealand Book Council in 2010.'

He was awarded the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writer's Residency in 2017 and is currently Curator, Māori at the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Biographical sources

  • “Meet Paul Diamond: Judge.” New Zealand Post Book Awards. 31 Jan 2011.
  • 28 October 2016


  • Downfall: The Destruction of Charles Mackay. Massey University Press, 2022.
  • Diamond was a finalist with this biography in the 2023 Ockham New Zealand Books Awards General Non-fiction category.
  • Non-fiction

  • "Slide Show Brings A Dutch Pair to Waikato." Waikato Times 4 Nov. 1997: 2.
  • "That’s Progress." Mana: The Māori News Magazine for All New Zealanders 19 (1997/1998). 52-53.
  • "City Slickers But Still Tuhoe." Mana: The Māori News Magazine for All New Zealanders 19 (1997/1998): 39-41.
  • "Iwi Officer Wins Place on UN Programme." Evening Post 21 May 1998: 2.
  • "Gareth Farr: Wellington’s Gay Wunderkind." Express: New Zealand’s Newspaper of Gay Expression 2 Apr. 1998: 15.
  • "A Family Affair." Mana: The Māori News Magazine for all New Zealanders 20 (1998): 29-30.
  • Co-authors Paul Diamond and Dale Husband.
  • "How ARLA Helped Jason to Live." Evening Post 7 Sept. 1998: 5.
  • "Urban Order Hides a Bloody Past." Evening Post 15 June 1998: 5.
  • "Potshots Fired Over Belich’s Wars." Evening Post 8 July 1998: 5.
  • "Paramount Te Atiawa Chief Walked With Pride In Two Worlds." Evening Post 7 May 1998: 5.
  • "Cost of Reforms ‘Too High’." Evening Post 28 July 1998: 5.
  • A Fire In Your Belly: Māori Leaders Speak. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 2003.
  • "Nga Manu Taiko." Mana: The Māori News Magazine for all New Zealanders 50 (2003): 87-89.
  • "I’ve Had a Thing About Unfairness." Mana: The Māori News Magazine for all New Zealanders 50 (2003): 91-96.
  • "Whanau Healing." Listener 24 Sept. 2005: 32.
  • Makereti: Taking Māori To The World. Auckland, N.Z.: Random House, 2007.
  • "In Search of Makereti – Founder Lecture 2007." Off the Record 14 (2007): 3.
  • "Representations of Takatāpui – Then and Now." Eds. Jessica Hutchings & Clive Aspin. Wellington: Huia, 2007.
  • "Eye of a Warrior." Listener 20 June 2009: 33-35.
  • "Casulaties in Their Own Country." Listener 25 Apri. 2009: 30-32.
  • "They Shot Him Down." Dominion Post 23 Oct. 2010: sup. 18-24.
  • "Soap box." Booknotes 172 (Aut 2011): 10.
  • "A window into race relations c.1956 : using cartoons as a historical source." Turnbull Library Record (2013): 70-79.
  • "Isaac Coates : reuniting his Māori portraits." Off the record (2013): 6-8.
  • "Beyond the Barricades". Ann Shelton (artist) in The City of Gold and Lead. Whanganui: Sarjeant Gallery, 2013.
  • "A window into race relations c.1956: using cartoons as a historical source." in Turnbull Library Record 45, 2013.
  • "Mark Briggs: Absolutism and the Price of Dissent." How we remember : New Zealanders and the First World War. Ed. Charles Ferrall and Harry Ricketts. Wellington, N.Z.: Victoria University Press, 2014.
  • "Unique window into 1950s and 1960s." Off the record (2014): 14.
  • '"I Discovered a Scandal and Mr Mackay Shot Me": Retelling Charles Mackay and D'Arcy Cresswell's First World War.' in Eds. Charles Ferrall and Harry Ricketts. How We Remember: New Zealanders and the First World War. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2014.
  • "Plenary: The Legacy of museum ethnography for indigenou people today - case studies from Aotearoa/New Zealand." With Arapata Hakiwai. Museum & Society 13.1, 2015.
  • Savaged to Suit: Māori and cartooning in New Zealand. Fraser Books, 2018.
  • Papers/Presentations

  • "New Zealand's Vietnam War Oral History Project." [online] Ed. Martin Crotty. When the Soldiers Return: November 2007 Conference Proceedings. Queensland, Australia: School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, University of Queensland, 2009.
  • "The Rutland Stockade : an enduring presence." A massive colonial experiment : New Zealand architecture in the 1840s : a one day symposium. Ed. McCarthy, Christine. Wellington, N.Z.: Centre for Building Performance Research, Faculty of Architecture and design, Victoria University, 2014.
  • Reviews

  • "Feijoas Are Not The Only Fruit." Rev. of Vanity Fierce, by Graeme Aitken. Rev. of Sucking Feijoas, by Jeff Buchanan. Express: New Zealand’s Newspaper of Gay Expression 14 May 1998: 17.
  • By Paul Diamond and Antony Paltridge.
  • "A Man In A Hurry." Rev. of John Tamihere: Black and White, by John Tamihere with Helen Bain. Dominion Post 14 Aug. 2004: E. 10.
  • "Books." Rev. Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs, by Linda Olsson. Rev. of Henare te Ua: In the Air, by Henare te Raumoa te Ua. Dominion Post 10 Sept. 2005: E. 10-11.
  • Reviews by Philippa Jamieson and Paul Diamond.
  • "Guarding the Treasure." Rev. of Mana Tuturu: Māori Treasures and Intellectual Property Rights, by Barry Barclay. New Zealand Books 16.2 (2006): 8.
  • "Books." Rev. of State of the Māori Nation: Twenty-first Century Issues in Aotearoa, by Malcolm Mulholland and contributors. Dominion Post 25 Feb. 2006: sup. 18.
  • "A Man’s Man’s World." Rev. of Mates and Lovers, by Chris Brickell. Listener 5 July 2008: 39-41.
  • "Politics and the Prophet." Rev. of Ratana: The Prophet, by Keith Newman. Listener 21 Feb. 2009: 42-43.
  • "Book Reviews." Rev. of The Carver and the Artist: Māori Art in the Twentieth Century, by Damien Skinner. Rev. of Looking for Answers: A Life of Elsie Locke, by Marueen Birchfield. Oral History in New Zealand 2009 21 (2009): 29-30.
  • "Working With Those Who Talk Back." Rev. of Tuamaka: The Challenge of Difference in Aotearoa New Zealand, by Joan Metge. New Zealand Books 20.4 (2010): 20.
  • "My language, my inspiration review." New Zealand listener, 231.3736 (17 Dec 2011): 4017.
  • "A wake-up call." New Zealand listener, 231.3736 (17 Dec 2011): 4017.
  • "The 'Lives of colonial objects' edited by Annabel Cooper, Lachy Patterson, and Angela Wanhalla." Journal of New Zealand studies (2016): 107-109.
  • Visual Arts

  • "Beyond the Barricades." The city of gold and lead. Shelton, Ann. Whanganui, N.Z.: Sarjeant Gallery, 2013.


  • "Remembering Barry Barclay." Take: Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand Newsletter 51 (2008): 28.