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Zoom: Nēpia Mahuika & Arini Loader

The New Zealand History Curriculum Reset: A Conversation with Nēpia Mahuika and Arini Loader

You are warmly invited to attend this Waikato History Research Seminar.

Thursday 24 September, 2 pm – 3 pm via zoom

Dr Nēpia Mahuika is Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Maniapoto. Nēpia is the convenor of History at the University of Waikato and has served as chair of Te Pouhere Kōrero (Māori Historians Collective of Aotearoa). He is the current President of the National Oral History Association of New Zealand. Nēpia is the author of Rethinking Oral History and Tradition (OUP, 2019), which challenges non-indigenous definitions of oral history practice, politics and theory. He is part of the working group involved in writing the New Zealand History curriculum reset for 2022.

Dr Arini Loader is Ngāti Raukawa, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, and Ngāti Whakaue. Arini is lecturer in Māori history at Victoria University of Wellington. She recently co-wrote, produced, directed and performed in the short film ‘E Whiti E Te Raa: Shine’ (2019). Her film projects are connected to her work with Mike Ross on a collection of waiata (songs), whakataukī (proverbs) and short narratives written by Māori taken prisoner of war from the bloody battle of Rangiriri in 1863. Arini’s current projects include a companion film exploring E Whiti’s historical & contemporary context, an essay on the power, poetics & genius of wāhine Māori composers, and an essay on Māori personal writing.

Inquiries to Charlotte Greenhalgh:

Conference November 2020
Please see attached Call for Papers for further information.

Call for Papers Conferene 2020

October – November 2020 Christchurch Oral History Workshop

2020-10-10 08:45 – 2020-11-07 16:30

Due to the ongoing uncertainties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the  course below is postponed until sometime in 2021.  Please contact the Oral History Advisor for more information:


Alexander Turnbull Library Outreach Services offer workshops for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects. Our training is based on the principles enshrined in the National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ)’s Code of Ethical and Technical Practice, and international archival standards.
The Christchurch workshops will be taught by Helen Frizzell, oral historian, and Lynette Shum, Oral History Advisor, and will be held at Tūranga, Christchurch City Libraries, 60 Cathedral Square, ChristchurchAll equipment is provided and all participants receive comprehensive guides and resources and a certificate of attendance.

For further information including registration, other workshops or funding, please contact:
Outreach Services
Ph 04 462 3935

The Manitoba Food History Project is an oral history project based out of the University of Winnipeg, funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant, together with support from Diversity Foods, the University of Winnipeg Research Office, and the UW Oral History Centre. The goal of our project team is to produce a comprehensive history of food manufacturing, production, retailing, and consumption in the province of Manitoba from 1870 to the present day through digital scholarship and public history.

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 or phone Taina McGregor: DDI 04 462 3976 Alexander Turnbull Library Oral History training

For expressions of interest in possible courses, please contact…

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:
The Oral History Network of Ireland statement:
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..

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Looking for Short Articles

The Baylor University Institute for Oral History invites you to join its online, live audio workshop, “Getting Started with Oral History.”  The interactive workshop will provide six hours of instruction on two consecutive Wednesdays in August—August 5 and 12, from 10:00 a.m. CST to 1:00 p.m. CDT.  ..more..

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

The Postponed July Conference was reinstated for November 2020.
It was origninally advertised as follows:
3-5 July 2020 New Zealand Oral History Conference
All day 2020-07-03-2020-07-05

CALL FOR PAPERS New Zealand Oral History Conference
Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ) Te Kete Kōrero-a-Waha o Te Motu Victoria University of Wellington
3 – 5 July 2020
Ko wai mātou? Who are we?

A common thread runs through the contemporary work of many philosophers, economists, geneticists, historians and novelists world-wide. Who are we? What unites us? What separates us? As we in Aotearoa New Zealand grapple with the consequences of colonisation 250 years on, questions of personal and collective identity resonate on multiple levels. Do we share any form of collective identity?
We invite papers that explore “who are we?” in different and interesting ways.

  • There are multiple social and cultural dimensions to identity – iwi/hapu, family, ethnicity, occupation, class, sexuality, generation, and gender among them.
  • How do we navigate the personal and collective multiplicity of identities that are part and parcel of everyday life?
  • In what ways are these identities perceived to overlap?
  • How do we negotiate conflicting identities?
  • Past or present – which matters more when considering who we are?
  • Are our life narratives our self-identities?

Through the medium of interviews and life narratives oral historians are able to record a rich diversity of perspectives and make a contribution to understanding the question “Ko wai mātou?” or “Who are we?”.

 Keynote speakers include:

(Waskam) Emelda Davis, founding member and chairwoman of Australian South Sea Islanders (Port Jackson) in Sydney, speaking on ‘Children of the Sugar Slaves’.
Na Li, Research Fellow and Professor in the Department of History, Zhejiang University, China, speaking on “Oral History, Public Memory, and Political Identity: A Transnational Dialogue”. To be confirmed.

There will be workshops on Friday 3 July at the National Library, Wellington.
To submit a proposal
Please send a title, 200-word (maximum) abstract, and a brief (two sentence) biography:
By: Saturday 18 April 2020
In all cases, to assist with later programme planning, please indicate clearly the focus of your paper within the broad theme. You will be notified by the end of April whether your paper has been accepted.
Registration for the conference will open on Monday 4 May 2020.
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact:
Anna Green:

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. 

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 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:

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

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..

Hindenburg COVID-19 offer
Free temporary licences for organisations

Hindenburg is offering all organisations and educational institutions free access to 3-month Temporary User licences for installation on both private or company-owned remote-work machines. This includes licences for your students or educators if that is applicable.

Great for podcasts…/1FAIpQLSdjbyE4RWv2ObVYV_…/viewform


Past President of NOHANZ Megan Hutching presents an Auckland Libraries HeritageTalk:
 Glen Innes & Panmure: Stories of change with Megan Hutching Wednesday 15 April 12noon-1pm

In this live webinar, historian and author Megan Hutching will discuss changes past and present of Glen Innes and Panmure.

In 1990 a series of oral history interviews were recorded with residents of Glen Innes and Panmure, capturing stories of the area as a place of change after the Second World War. Using these interviews Megan Hutching will talk about the mid-twentieth century history of the area and compare that period of change with the changes the area is currently experiencing.


Alexander Turnbull Library Outreach Services:

ATL Outreach Services offer workshops for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects.  For more information, contact

Our training courses are temporarily suspended to help efforts to reduce COVID-19.  Please contact to register your interest in a course, with the region where you are located.  Or email the Oral History Advisor for any advice or support you would like in the meantime

[Postponed] ..The Alexander Turnbull Library will run a two day Oral History Workshop in Wellington 18 April and 16 May 2020.
Read the brochure.

[Postponed] The Alexander Turnbull Library will run a two day Oral History Workshop at Tūranga, Christchurch, 28 May and 2 April 2020 ..more..

Morning-tea break in a factory canteen [between 1940 and 1945], File Reference CCL PhotoCD 7, IMG0080