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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. Cropped http://natlib.govt.nz/records/32049331
An unidentified man talking to two small children, Ref: 1/4-101013-F. Cropped. Alexander Turnbull Library.

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Publications are available on our Publications page.
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Read our resources page

See the National Library collection catalogue

Auckland Libraries’  Heritage Database, including a list of some of the oral histories in Collections at https://kura.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/digital/

Alexander Turnbull Library: Lockdown 2020
Suggestions on how to document your COVID-19 life, including some oral history advice: ..here..

Self Care Tips for Oral Historians During Lockdown


Oral History of Disasters and Pandemics:Remote Training

Click here to listen on Youtube or click here to listen on Soundcloud.
Megan Hutching on Glen Innes Changing ..here..

Gather: A Virtual & Interactive Oral History Exhibit


Looking for Short Articles

UK Oral History journal looking for short articles of 300-500 words ..here..
Guidelines ..here..

One Day Oral History Workshop

May 9 | One-Day Oral History Training Workshops with OHMA
That’s 1.30 to 9am 10 May 2020 in New Zealand

Advanced Online Workshop on Oral History Interviewing – Baylor University

Registration is now open for Baylor University Institute for Oral History’s next offering in their series of advanced online workshops titled “Sharpen Your Skills.” This edition will focus on interviewing and prepare those with a basic understanding of oral history to enhance their in-depth interview approach with narrators to more successfully accomplish their research objectives. 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 20th from 10 am to 1 pm CDT and costs $75. Registration closes on May 8th or when the seat maximum of 40 is reached ..more..

Webinar: Oral History at a Distance: Conducting Remote Interviews

Sponsored by Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History and the Oral History Association


A message from the Alexander Turnbull Library:

Oral history services in the time of COVID-19

As with similar institutions, the Alexander Turnbull Library has temporarily suspended its public services that would normally be delivered in person.  This includes our popular oral history training workshops.  Please email me lynette.shum@dia.govt.nz to be on the list for any updates, or for any oral history advice.  I will continue to support you where I can, based on the resources I can muster remotely.

In the meantime, here is a message from the Oral History Society (UK):

The OHS recommends that all face to face oral history interviewing be postponed until further notice. There are many remote means of interviewing people (such as Zoom, Webex and Skype) but they are not a substitute for face to face interviews, are often poor audio quality, and tend to result in digital files that cannot be archived. If interviews can be postponed, then the Society thinks this is the best course of action to maintain best practice. However, the Society recognises that members might wish to explore remote means and we invite wider discussion on this via our Facebook page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/OralHistorySociety/

Please stay safe and well, and be kind

Lynette Shum
Oral History Advisor
Alexander Turnbull Library
National Library of New Zealand / Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa

Advice on remote oral history interviewing during the Covid-19 pandemic

In response to increased interest in conducting remote interviews during the Covid-19 pandemic, both the British Library’s Oral History and National Life Stories teams, with input from other members of the Oral History Society, have created an online document to summarise the ethical, legal, methodological and technical issues that individuals and projects will need to consider before deciding whether or not to conduct a remote interview at this point in time. 


While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information brought together here from a wide variety of sources and experience, neither the authors, the British Library or the Oral History Society can accept liability for any consequences which may result from the use of this information for any purpose. As this is a work-in-progress guide, which will be revised and updated, the author welcomes comments and queries.

Postponement of Oral History Conference

It is with great regret that the Stout Centre and the National Oral History Association of New Zealand have decided that we will postpone the oral history conference planned for July at Victoria University of Wellington.

We feel that there are too many uncertainties at this point. First, uncertainty around the trajectory of the Coronavirus, including the possibility that community circulation of the virus may persist for several months.

Secondly, a concern that potential participants may decide to stay at home to protect their health.  We therefore feel it would be unwise to proceed as originally planned with the conference in early July.

We will be discussing possible alternatives, and we will keep you posted about our plans. 

NZ Award in Oral History: Comments from: Dr Emma Jean Kelly | Audio Visual Historian
Manatū Taonga | Ministry for Culture & Heritage ..more..

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage funds the annual New Zealand Award in Oral History
Oral History Awards 2019 are here
Oral History Awards 2018 are here

National Events

NOHANZ/Stout Biennial conference
Ko wai mātou?      Who are we?

The biennial conference has been postponed. See the announcement above.

Grateful thanks for permission to use this photograph

International Events
[This now postponed for a year. Watch this space] XXI IOHA Conference – Singapore – 22-26 June 2020[1?]

An international conference not to be missed..more..

Making Montreal Home after the Holocaust

Edited Highlights British Newsletter
Dr Indira Chowdhury’s blog

Refugees in Montreal

Podcast Pages: USA
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 iinfonohanz@oralhistory.org.nz 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: ..here..
There are many other references on the internet. Try searching on ‘Oral History Boston Case’

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

NOHANZ welcomes comments about oralhistory.org.nz

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

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7 Comments on “Home”

  1. Kia ora koutou te Komiti,
    As you all will have read or might I say should have read the NOHANZ Constitution you will note that it has been a legally constituted and established Organisation since April 1986 – 2 months short of celebrating it’s 34th birthday.

    NOHANZ is a stand-alone organisation with its own MANA.

    So why is it that the executive has thought it appropriate to advertise the 2020 NOHANZ Conference with the Stout Research Centre as the lead organisation in the Title?
    It is the NOHANZ conference in association with the Stout Research Centre and yes they should be acknowledged for their contribution too.

    If, as I’ve been told they are contributing b allaying costs, that does not mean they over-ride NOHANZ in the advertisements and especially on the NOHANZ website.

    I sternly object and ask that it be corrected into the proper format – you did it last time including acknowledging the contributing organisation.

    Kia tika ra….

    1. E te koka, Taina, tena koe, Thankyou for your korero. To be clear – this was not a decision made by the NOHANZ Exec, but by the conference organising komiti which is a separate komiti made up of various local stakeholders (with some NOHANZ exec reps) dedicated to planning our hui later in the year. I have just seen this myself (I have been abroad for some time and have returned this month here to Aotearoa). I agree. We will re-open this korero with our friends and conference host partners. He mihi.

      1. Welcome back Mahuika, and thank you for your response.
        The executive committee has the final decision for ALL NOHANZ business including over-riding sub-committees. I expect the Title on all NOHANZ correspondence, brochures etc to be formatted correctly.
        Any contributing stakeholders acknowledged in the normal format – that is following or below the headline never above.

  2. Kia ora John

    I wonder if any of the upcoming workshops scheduled for Auckland, Wellington or Dunedin (natlib.govt.nz) suit your purposes?
    Please contact me if you would like any further information or advice.

    Ngā mihi
    Lynette Shum
    Oral History Advisor
    Alexander Turnbull Library
    National Library of New Zealand
    04 462 3977

    1. Kia ora John

      I wonder if any of the upcoming workshops scheduled for Auckland, Wellington or Dunedin (natlib.govt.nz) suit your purposes?
      Please contact me if you would like any further information or advice.

      Ngā mihi
      Lynette Shum
      Oral History Advisor
      Alexander Turnbull Library
      National Library of New Zealand
      04 462 3977

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