The first edition of Nation Dates was published in 2011. Nation Dates (1st ed.) was co-authored by Wendy McGuinness and Miriam White and edited by Susan Brierley.
About the cover design
The layout of the letters on the cover parallels the layout of an eye-chart referencing sight or, more specifically in this case, the idea of using hindsight to develop better insight and foresight. The colour orange was selected for its alignment with the general colour of electoral enrolments, without affiliations to any specific New Zealand political party. This was important for us as a non-partisan think tank. Design by Kelly Gordon
Many people have provided invaluable assistance in the preparation of this book – too many to name here. We are grateful to all these people, and in particular Dame Claudia Orange, Dr Felicity Barnes, Professor Sir Mason Durie, and Professor Philip Joseph. We have found the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and its NZHistory and Te Ara websites invaluable resources in researching this book. Wherever possible we have used these sources as a way to show support for the work of the Ministry, which has kept such an exemplary record of our history. Other resources deserving special mention include Paul Moon’s New Zealand Birth Certificates and Professor M.P.K. Sorrenson’s History of Maori Representation in Parliament. We would also like to thank Liz Allan, Mahina-a-rangi Baker, Lisa Bazalo, Maria English, Mia Gaudin, Perrine Gilkison, Kelly Gordon, Willow Henderson, Louise Grace-Pickering, Jessica Prendergast, Lara Rapson, Rory Sarten, Stephanie Versteeg, Hayley Vujcich, Diane White, Grace White, Jamie Winiata, editor Susan Brierley, and participants of the StrategyNZ: Mapping our Future workshop, held in March 2011.