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Welcome to the NOHANZ Website
National Oral History Association of New Zealand
Te Kete Kōrero-a-Waha o Te Motu

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

Auckland War Memorial Museum: require a half-time curator of Documentary Heritage. The appointee will be responsible for delivering an oral history programme. ..more..

NOHANZ Auckland regional hui at the South Auckland Research Centre
22nd April, Level One, Manukau City Library.  ..more..

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

NOHANZ congratulates Taina Tangaere-McGregor
Taina was recently named as a Kiwibank Local Hero 2017 ..more..


Alexander Turnbull Library Outreach Services offer workshops for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects.

Auckland Workshop

Immigrants on the Goya. Photographic nega7ves and prints of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: 114/290/06-G. Alexander Turnbull Library. h3p:// natlib.govt.nz/records/23207851

Auckland: June
Abstracting Oral History
Saturday and Sunday
10 & 11 June 2017 8.45am-1pm

Wellington Workshops

This course is already fully subscribed.  However we are now accepting names for an Expressions of Interest List, in case there is sufficient demand to run an extra session.

Wellington: June & July
Day One: Introduction to Oral History
Saturday 24 June 2017
Day Two: Recording Seriously
Saturday 22 July 2017
8.45am-4.30pm See the poster and the flyer

deaf children at school

Children listening through headphones at the school for Deaf children, Thorndon School, Wellington. Evening Post Collec8on. Ref: EP/1959/4085-F. Alexander Turnbull Library.

View the Flyer

Wellington: August
Abstracting Oral History
Saturday and Sunday
12 & 13 August 2017 8.45am-1pm

View the Flyer

International Meetings:

Spring (NZ autumn) Workshops at the Vermont Folklife Center: https://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/workshops/

Baylor University Institute for Oral History’s “Sharpen Your Skills.” Topics for this workshop will include preparing interviewees, cross-cultural interviewing, redirecting narrators, handling difficult interviewees, and managing the interviewer-narrator relationship.
This interactive workshop will take place on May 31, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm CDT and costs $75. Registration closes on May 24th ..more..

Oral History and Aging: Transmitting Life Stories of Being and Becoming Across Cultures and Generations, which will bring together aging experts, renowned oral historians, activists, and practitioners from June 5-16, 2017 in New York. Read more

Oral History Society in conjunction with Newman University and Leeds Trinity University
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

Call for Papers: Oral Histories of Work & Leisure 23rd & 24th June 2017, Galway City
The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI) is pleased to announce its 2017 conference on the theme of ‘Work & Leisure’.  This two day conference will take place in the Connacht Hotel, Galway on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June.
Read their site or see our events calendar

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

Oral History Australia Biennial National Conference 2017
Moving memories: oral history in a global world
Venue: SMC Conferene and Function Centre, Sydney Australia
Date: 13 – 16 September 2017
Website:  https://dcconferences.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/ohac17/cs
Call for papers flyer – http://tinyurl.com/hphcyon
Important Dates:
Call for papers close – 31 January 2017
Registration opens – 31 March 2017

Contact: Conference Secretariat: DC Conferences, 02 9954 4400 or ohac2017@dcconferences.com.au

Call for papers: Twelfth European Social Science History conference, Belfast, 4-7 April 2018, Oral history and life stories networks

The International Institute of Social History will organize the Twelfth European Social Science History conference in Belfast, 4-7 April 2018 at Queens University.
Oral History and Life Stories Network’s call for papers:
The Oral History and Life Stories Network brings together oral historians and life stories practitioners who use oral histories to explore memory, narrative and history.

The call for papers for the 2018 IOHA congress “Memory and Narration”, Jyväskylä, Finland is now open!

Two Workshops in the USA

NEW WORKSHOPS: Oral History Summer Schools in (NZ winter) Upstate New York (June 28-July 6) and Chicago (July 26-Aug 3)

August 7-11: The 2017 UC Berkeley Advanced Oral History Summer Institute
more 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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Te Kete Kōrero-a-Waha o Te Motu
P.O. Box 3819, WELLINGTON, 6140

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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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