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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

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Alexander Turnbull Library Oral History workshops

There are still a few vacancies in the following workshops


Abstracting oral history:

Saturday and Sunday 4 & 5 July 2015 8.45am-1pm


The Essentials of Oral History Research

Saturdays 23 May & 27 June 2015 8.45am-4.30pm

Newly announced workshops Alexander Turnbull Library workshops:


The Essentials of Oral History Research
Saturdays 25 July & 15 August 2015

Abstracting oral history:
Saturday and Sunday 31 October—1 November 2015 8.45am-1pm

Palmerston North

The Essentials of Oral History Research
Saturdays 10 October & 14 November 2015


The Essentials of Oral History Research
Saturdays 17 October & 7 November 2015
Abstracting oral history: Saturday and
Sunday 28 & 29 November 2015 8.45am-1pm.

For further details, registrations, bilingual courses, further workshops and oral history advice, email atloutreach@dia.govt.nz, or keep an eye on the NOHANZ or National Library website

Regional Meetings


Auckland Central Library, 44-46 Lorne Street, 29th July, 5.30pm, Level two, Te Whare Wānanga,

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Liz Bradley, Research Librarian from the West Auckland Research Centre will give a brief overview of her work managing the centre’s oral history collection. She will take us through the ATL recommended digital recording management standards and talk about Auckland Library’s digital file management. She will also explain how your oral history recordings can be part of exhibitions and blogs and what happens to them once they are archived with Auckland Libraries.

Sue Monk, current secretary of NOHANZ will give a brief talk on her project Parnell Baths Centenary oral history project and the recently published book Parnell Baths: a jewel in Auckland's crown. Sue co-wrote this with Joanna Boileau, editor of the Parnell Heritage Journal. The book was sponsored by the Waitemata Local Board and published by Parnell Heritage. The Baths are Auckland's only remaining seawater baths and a much loved destination. Come and hear why the Baths were built. Sue will talk about the project and how the publication came to fruition.

Sue Gee received a grant in 2013 from Manatu Taonga to record oral histories of six Chinese New Zealanders. She was curious about her Cantonese heritage. From Guangdong to Aotearoa came about after conversations with one of the Chinese Community's first feminists. It was her first project and the learning arc was huge. She will give a brief talk about what she learned, from applying for the grant through recording, abstracting, writing a report and depositing at the ATL.

Afterwards, we hope most of the group will be available to move on to dinner at a local café, since the chance to mix socially is a valuable part of these get-togethers.
All members north of Hamilton for whom we have email addresses will be notified when details are finalized.

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 2014 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

More workshops will be scheduled for later in the year. Please contact ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz for more information

Equipment for sale

TACAM RecorderDR-100Mk11 Linear PCM Recorder and accessories
see our notices page

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Workshops Wellington

For information about oral history workshops for 2015 in Wellington and elsewhere, please email atloutreach@dia.govt.nz

Oral History News - Upcoming overseas

Dragon Tails 2015

Australian conference on overseas Chinese history and heritage, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

The conference will be held at the Cairns Sheridan Hotel, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, from Thursday 2 July to Sunday 5 July 2015.
You can view the Program and Abstracts, and register online, at: http://www.dragontails2015.org.au
Early bird registration is now available up until Sunday 14 June 2015, 11pm.

OHA (Australia) Conference 9-12 September 2015, Perth, Western Australia
Fast Forward: Oral History in a Time of Change oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/page/conferences.html

Call for Papers

OHA 2015 Call for Papers, Florida, USA

The OHA will meet in Tampa, Florida from October 14-18 at the Marriott Tampa Waterside near historic Ybor City and St. Petersburg. The conference hotel is minutes away from world-renowned beaches, art galleries, street cars, and walking tours of one of the most storied factory complexes in the Americas.
The goal is to: "uncover links between political and cultural change to inspire civic engagement."
The deadline for submitting paper and panel proposals for the Oral History Association's 2015 annual meeting is January 12, 2015.
A link to the panel submission site is http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/oha/oha15/

Oral History & Education
Waterloo, Canada
more here
Or download the documents

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