Topic: Evelyn Stokes (nee Dinsdale) (1936-2005)

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In 1993 the Local History Staff of Tauranga District Libraries (as it was called then) compiled a booklet Mana Wahine highlighting the prominent women in the Tauranga Moana area. This is one of the mini biographies from the booklet. Note that some comments in the text relate to the time of the original publication (1993).

Evelyn Stokes

Evelyn Stokes, born Evelyn Dinsdale, has made a great contribution to the recording of Maori history in the Tauranga district.  More recently she has concentrated on land ownership issues, doing research on behalf of the Tauranga Moana Maori Trust Board.

Educated at Tauranga Primary School and Tauranga District High School, Evelyn completed a first class Masters degree in Geography at Canterbury University College in 1959.  Her dissertation was entitled ‘Changing patterns of settlement in Tauranga county’.  She went to the United States as a Fullbright scholar, after teaching in the King Country, and gained a PhD in Geography from Syracuse University, New York.  Upon her return to New Zealand, Evelyn lectured in geography at Auckland University then joined the University of Waikato as a member of the foundation staff.

It was her book, A History of Tauranga County, which really brought Evelyn to prominence in the Western Bay of Plenty.  Evelyn’s book is the standard analytical narrative history book alongside Gifford and Williams’ 1940 A centennial history of Tauranga.  The calibre of Evelyn’s book was recognised when it was awarded the 1978-79 J.M. Sherrard award for excellence in regional historical studies.  Evelyn’s further contributions to the Western Bay of Plenty’s historical studies have been more specific.  Her Maori studies include Stories of Tauranga Moana, Matakana and Rangiwaea and Whanau o Tauwhao: a history of a Ngai Te Rangi hapu.

In the race relations field, Stokes has published works on Te Raupatu o Tauranga Moana: the confiscation of Tauranga lands and Ngamanawa: a study of conflicts in the use of forest land. She is still lecturing [1993] at the University of Waikato, and is currently a member of the Waitangi Tribunal.

In 1993 the Local History Staff of Tauranga District Libraries (as it was called then) compiled a booklet Mana Wahine highlighting the prominent women in the Tauranga Moana area. This is one of the mini biographies from the booklet.

Note that some comments in the text relate to the time of the original publication (1993).

Click this link for her Obituary.

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Evelyn Stokes (nee Dinsdale) (1936-2005)


Year:1993
First Names:Evelyn Mary
Last Name:Dinsdale
Date of Birth:5 December 1936
Place of Birth:Tauranga
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:11 August 2005
Place of death:New Zealand
Family Surname:Stokes
Occupation:Professor of Geography and Waitangi Tribunal
Spouses name:Brian Stokes
Date of marriage:1964
Name of the children:Donald Stokes and Philip Stokes

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