Welcome to the NOHANZ Website

National Oral History Association of New Zealand
Te Kete Kōrero-a-Waha o Te Motu

Fostering professional standards in oral history, and bringing together those interested in oral history

Kia ora

New Zealand Oral History Awards

The closing date for applications for the 2016 round is midnight on Friday 15 April 2016.

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

NOHANZ has released the following revised and new documents for use by oral historians:

  1. Recording Agreement Form version 2, September 2014 (replaces version 1a)
  2. Oral History Recording Agreement Explanatory Notes for interviewers version 2, September 2014 (replaces version 1b)
  3. Frequently Asked Questions About Completing the Recording Agreement Form (new)
  4. Selecting a Repository

Coming soon: Managing Copyright in Oral History

Or see the resources page

The New Zealand Oral History Awards

The recipients of the 2015 New Zealand Oral History Awards have been announced here

Comments on the Boston 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

Alexander Turnbull Library oral history workshops

Our programme is over for the year. Relax and be ready to enjoy a stimulating 2016. Workshops will start again from April 2016. For more information please contact the Oral History Adviser

Workshops Wellington

Our programme is over for the year. Relax and be ready to enjoy a stimulating 2016. Workshops will start again from April 2016. For more information please contact the Oral History Adviser

Victoria University Oral history course: Studying Working Lives in New Zealand through Oral History

Dr Cybele Locke teaches an oral history course at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations.

'In HIST 312: ‘Working lives in New Zealand’ we explore how the meaning of work has changed over time in Aotearoa/New Zealand, from 1880 to 2000. We read texts that use oral history to explore how work has been categorised in the past geographically, by skill, gender, ethnic stereotypes, class and union. We pay particular attention to how some work has been sidelined as ‘non-work’: voluntary or household labour. Students in this course learn how to create their own oral history: conducting an interview with an older person about their working life-time and analysing the issues their interviewee raises in relation to secondary historical sources.'

This course runs next from March to June, 2016. For more information contact Dr Cybele Locke

National Meetings


NOHANZ biennial conference Tell me more : Sharing our Stories
Christchurch 22-23 October 2016

Oral History News - Upcoming overseas

2016 International Oral History Association Conference

The International Oral History Association (IOHA) and the Oral History Association of India (OHAI) are pleased to be hosting the XIXth International Oral History Conference at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru, India from 27 June to 1 July 2016.

NOHANZ is modifying oralhistory.org.nz

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