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National Oral History Association of New Zealand
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An unidentified man talking to two small children, in the entrance to a hut, West Coast Region. Williams, Edgar Richard, 1891-1983 :Negatives, lantern slides, stereographs, colour transparencies, monochrome prints, photographic ephemera. Ref: 1/4-101013-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/32049331

An unidentified man talking to two small children, in the entrance to a hut, West Coast Region. Williams, Edgar Richard, 1891-1983 :Negatives, lantern slides, stereographs, colour transparencies, monochrome prints, photographic ephemera. Ref: 1/4-101013-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/32049331

Fostering professional standards in oral history, and bringing together those interested in oral history Read more
See the National Library collection catalogue

New Zealand Oral History Awards

See our Notices Page or http://www.mch.govt.nz/funding-nz-culture/ministry-grants-awards/new-zealand-oral-history-awards

 A New Course at Waikato University

HIST380-17A HAM : Special Topic: Oral History in Indigenous Perspective: Stories of Moana, Maui, and Native Appropriation

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences History Programme
This paper introduces students to the inter-connected histories that follow Maui and “Moana” through the Pacific via an analysis of Māori oral history research. It explores the contemporary appropriations of indigenous histories in film, gaming, texts, and productions like the recent Disney motion-picture Moana, and asks: What is the impact of these appropriations on indigenous history, knowledge, and orality? Students will examine key themes and questions in indigenous oral history, focusing on the form, methods, ethics, theories, and the decolonial politics of native oral history.
Dr Nēpia Mahuika nmahuika@waikato.ac.nz

NOHANZ congratulates Taina Tangaere-McGregor

Taina was recently named as a Kiwibank Local Hero 2017

Tēnā Koutou
I am delighted to let you all know that Taina was recently named as a Kiwibank Local Hero 2017. The awards “aim to identify & reward everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local communities. The Local Hero Awards recognises the enormous contribution, sacrifice and commitment of Kiwis who selflessly work to make their local communities a better place.”
The medal presentation ceremony was held in the Banquet Hall at Parliament on Monday, with 35 Wellingtonians being honoured (I am sure you will recognise a number of the names). There is a photo and list on the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year website (under News). http://nzawards.org.nz/news/
Taina’s citation reads:
Taina Tangaere-McGregor (Wellington)
Taina is of Ngati Porou descent and is passionate about preserving the history of the achievements of her race.
Now in her seventies, she still works tirelessly for Alexander Turnbull library as an oral history adviser for Maori. She travels the length and breadth of Aotearoa to interview multitudes of people both Maori and Pakeha.
Taina trains Maori people to effectively archive their oral history and works tirelessly to preserve the Maori language for generations to come.
She is creative and through teaching other Maori how to use video cameras, she is keeping interest in the Maori language alive in the present population.
Ngā mihi nui me te aroha nui Taina


One day Oral History Training Workshops, New York, USA, 28 January 2017
series of interactive public workshops on oral history methods and practice at the Columbia School of Journalism on Saturday, January 28 from 9:30 to 5 p.m.
To review the full course descriptions, faculty bios, and registration information, visit the January 28 One-Day Workshops page on the Oral History M.A. program (OHMA) website.

Oral History Society in conjunction with Newman University and Leeds Trinity University presents:
Remembering Beliefs – The Shifting Worlds of Religion and Faith in Secular Society at Leeds Trinity University
Read their site or go to our conferences page for a summary

Australian Biennial National Oral History Conference
Oral History NSW invite you to join them in Sydney from 13 – 16 September 2017

Working with Memories
Call for Papers:
Working with Memories: Australasian Oral History Strand at the Australian Historical Association 36th Annual Conference

Newcastle, Australia
Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July 2017.
read the pdf

Two Workshops in the USA

NEW WORKSHOPS: Oral History Winter School will offer two focused workshops in January 2017 in Upstate New York

August 7-11: The 2017 UC Berkeley Advanced Oral History Summer Institute
more on our Notices Page.

The Friends of the Hocken Collections celebrate 25 years

A one-off award of $10,000 for research into an aspect of the historical development of Māori or Pakeha culture and society in Aotearoa/New Zealand using the Hocken Collections is offered by the Friends of the Hocken Collections. More details on our Notices Page.


Upper Hutt 50th Anniversary

Caren Wilton has conducted an oral history project at Upper Hutt City Library as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Upper Hutt becoming a city. The interviews are available from the library’s Recollect heritage collection website at http://uhcl.recollect.co.nz/nodes/view/24810

See the poster.

We have reprinted the popular Māori and Oral History: A Collection.

 Edited by Alison Laurie and Rachel Selby, the book comprises a selection of papers previously published in Oral history in New Zealand between 1989 and 2003. It includes articles by Monty Soutar, Te Ahukaramu C. Royal, Parekawhia McLean, Mere Whaanga, Hirini Moko Mead, Wheturangi Walsh-Tapiata, Cushla Parekowhai, Mita Carter, Joe Pere, Danny Keenan, Mervyn McLean, Rachael Selby, Alison Laurie, Heeni Colllins, Verna Tuteo et al., Angela Ballara and Pip Desmond.

Copies are available for $25, to secure your copy please email nohanzexec@gmail.com or phone Taina McGregor: DDI 04 462 3976 Taina.McGregor@dia.govt.nz

Alexander Turnbull Library Oral History training

For expressions of interest in possible courses, please contact… atloutreach@dia.govt.nz

Comments on the Boston College case

The Oral History Society (UK) has issued a statement on the Boston College Belfast Project: more…
The USA Oral History Association has issued a statement: here…
The Oral History Network of Ireland statement:
An online discussion here

NOHANZ is always improving oralhistory.org.nz

Comments, complaints, criticisms, and commendations regarding what you find here are welcome.

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9 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Neil Curgenven says:

    Neil Curgenven, secretary NZ History Federation, we have just completed our AGM at which it was proposed to add the Maori interpretation “Te Kotahitanga o nga Hitori o Aotearoa” – over a and I missing.
    Discussion over Aotearoa eventuated, I see you do not have it
    Could you please help my research by advising how you proceeded in getting yours

  2. Leigh Petrie says:

    Hello. Do you know of any ways of studying oral history as a distance or online course? I live in the South Island so attending courses or lectures in Wellington or Auckland is difficult with a teenage family.
    Thank you for your assistance.
    Leigh Petrie

  3. Lorrraine Vink says:


    Could you tell me if there are any course’s available in the upper North Island.
    I am not able to travel to Wellington or Christchurch.

    I live in Tauranga and on a pension. Oral History’s has been a passion of mine for many years and I have done them how I thought how they would be done. I would appreciate being able to do them more professionally.

    Kind regards

    Lorraine Vink

    1. Sue Berman says:

      Hi Lorraine –

      Auckland Libraries will be providing an Oral History for beginners workshop as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival. This will be at the Central City Library on Lorne Street in the City.

      Details of the program can be found here – still waiting on release – http://www.heritagefestival.co.nz
      The workshop will be on Friday 7 October. You can email me with your expression of interest. Sue.Berman@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

  4. Megan Hutching says:

    Hi Neil
    I remember when the NOHANZ committee was discussing a Maori name for the organisation in the 1990s, and we consulted with ?? (I’ve forgotten her name, alas) who was then based at the National Library and who was a respected native speaker of te reo and translator. Her advice was that ‘o te motu’ – of the islands – was a better phrase to use than ‘Aotearoa’, which not all iwi and hapu use to talk about New Zealand.

    Megan Hutching

  5. Lynette Shum says:

    Hi Neil,

    Taina Tangaere McGregor, who worked at the Alexander Turnbull Library (and still is), was on the NOHANZ Executive at the time, and who is a native speaker, says ‘o te motu’ came naturally to her. It means ‘of this place’ (ie NZ) and was the same but a more creative way of saying Aotearoa. It was discussed with the Maori Language Commission. Another Maori colleague has agreed that not all use Aotearoa.


  6. Meg Hills says:

    Greetings from Melbourne where I, a Kiwi, am participating in a Historians & Archivists Conference run by my Order. the Srs of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. We have just had excellent input abt Oral History and I am delighted to now find yr website & discover we have a rich forum/ network/resource in ANZ.
    I write to enquire if there is a forum within Oral History pertaining to Religious Orders in ANZ?
    Meg Hills rsj

  7. Jess Marinaccio says:

    Apologies for bothering you. I am a PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington. The Turnbull Library has agreed to appraise some oral histories I will be conducting for archiving and gave me your organization’s “Recording Agreement.” In the explanatory notes, it says that if we would like to add a logo or project name to the header, we should contact you. If I would like to add my project title and the Vic logo to the header of the form would that be acceptable and how exactly should I go about doing it (i.e., should I alter the form myself in Adobe or should I handle the matter in some other way)? Thanks so much for your time and patience.

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