Malcolm McKinnon

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Malcolm Arthur McKinnon (born 1950) is a New Zealand historian. He taught at Victoria University of Wellington 1975–1990 and has since worked independently as an historian. Since 2003 he has also been a writer and theme editor for Te Ara, the online encyclopedia of New Zealand, for which has overseen the regional entries.

His most well-known work is the New Zealand Historical Atlas (Auckland, David Bateman Ltd, 1997) for which he was the general editor, and which received the 1998 Montana Book Awards Reader's Choice Award.[1]

McKinnon is also the author of an interpretive history of New Zealand's external relations Independence and Foreign Policy: New Zealand in the world since 1935 (Auckland, Auckland University Press, 1993); Immigrants and citizens: New Zealanders and Asian immigration in historical context (Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies VUW, 1996) and Treasury: the New Zealand Treasury 1840–2003 (Auckland, Auckland University Press, 2003).

Immigrants and citizens was described by sociologist David Pearson as "required reading for all those seeking to understand the historical context out of which current debates and tensions about so-called 'Asian' immigration have arisen.' Treasury won the Archives and Records Association Ian Wards prize in 2004 for the best publication in New Zealand history in 2003.

McKinnon was president of the Professional Historians Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa from 2003–2007 and is a vice president of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. He is on the editorial committee of its journal, New Zealand International Review.

McKinnon was educated at Nelson College,[2] Victoria University of Wellington, and Balliol College, Oxford and has held Harkness and Fulbright Scholarships at Harvard University and a Japan Foundation fellowship at Kyushu University, Fukuoka.

McKinnon is the younger brother of former Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon, Wellington Deputy Mayor Ian McKinnon and twin brother of New Zealand Defence Secretary John McKinnon. McKinnon's father was Chief of General Staff, Major General Walter McKinnon, CB, CBE. The McKinnon brothers are great-great-grandsons of John Plimmer, known as the father of Wellington.[3]

A new work Asian Cities: Globalization, Urbanization and Nation-Building was published by NIAS Press,, in 2011.


  • Malcolm McKinnon, ed. (1997). The New Zealand Historical Atlas. Bateman. ISBN 9781869533359.


  1. ^ "Montana New Zealand Book Awards".
  2. ^ Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
  3. ^ Dominion Post 18 June 2009 page C2

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