Dr. Lachy Paterson (Te Tumu) has researched niupepa (Māori-language newspapers) of the colonial period, from which he has explored the social, cultural and religious discourses promulgated within these publications. In 2006 he published Colonial Discourses, a monograph on the niupepa between 1855 and 1863, and has since produced a number of articles and book chapters on this topic.
He is currently engaged in collaborating with other Otago scholars in a history of the “book” and print culture in New Zealand, with his contribution focusing on a history of Māori-language publications from 1815 to the present. Lachy has two other major projects. He is researching the women workers of the Presbyterian Māori Mission and, with Angela Wanhalla, collecting archival material from which to construct an anthology of the “voices” of nineteenth-century Māori women.