Equipment for Sale
Fostex – FR – 2LE Field Memory Recorder and AVCAM Digital Video Recorder
Read ..more..
Oral History Australia’s 2019 Biennial Conference, Brisbane, 10-13 October 2019

Read ..more..

Taina was 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.

To all Members: The NOHANZ AGM

The NOHANZ AGM will be held on Thursday 13 June at 6.30 pm. Members are invited to attend in person at 3rd Floor, Auckland Library, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland, at a Wellington venue (TBA) or via Skype/ Zoom. Details on how to join online and confirmation of the Wellington venue will be advised at a later date.

Please send any apologies to Alison Day at

At the BGM 2018 we passed a motion to change from a BGM to an AGM. This is to satisfy financial reporting requirements.

Caren Wilton – Book Discussion: My Body, My Business

If anyone’s in Wairarapa over Queens Birthday Caren will speak in Carterton on Sunday 2 June 3pm to 4:30, about her book and interviews with sex workers.


Written and performed by Phil Ormsby and Alex Ellis Director: Jennifer Ward-Lealand Company: Flaxworks Theatre Company
1 – 11 May 2019 Circa Two
RNZ article Conversations with Dead Relatives

At the Turnbull: Toward An Ethics Of Silence? Negotiating Off-The-Record Events
Friday 10 May 6-7pm
Ground Floor, Alexander Turnbull Library.
With Professor Alexander Freund, moderated by Linda Evans.
National Library announcement

Five-day workshop with Judith Fyfe in Matakana, 6-10 May 2019

This is an hour north of Auckland in May – bookings are now open. All details are here:

Three Events at Wellington’s Stout Centre 2019

1 May Origin stories and Pākehā intergenerational family memory
8 May Research Interview Workshop with Professor Alexander Freund (University of Winnipeg) and Associate Professor Anna Green (Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington).
8 May Family Memories of War and Flight
More, and more, and more…

8 May Family Memories of War and FlightMore, and more, and more…
28-30 March 2019: International conference “Oral History in Action”, Poland, Cracow

– Call for Papers ..more..

Phanza Conference:

To mark 25 years since the establishment of the Professional Historians’ Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa (PHANZA), the association invites papers for a conference exploring the current and future state of public history in New Zealand.
The conference at Massey University, Wellington, NZ 13-14 April 2019 registration will close 31 March 2019

Auckland History Initiative Symposium, 15 April 2019, The University of Auckland and Auckland Museum

The Auckland History Initiative (AHI) is pleased to announce its first symposium to be held at the Waipapa Marae, the University of Auckland, 15 April 2019, from 9am to 4pm with an evening lecture and function at the Auckland Museum.

Speakers at the symposium will include Professor Grace Karskens (University of New South Wales),Emeritus Professor Russell Stone, Professor Raewyn Dalziel, Professor Charlotte Macdonald, Dr Ben Schrader, and Dr Hazel Petrie.

The event will also feature the work of some University of Auckland Summer Scholars on aspects of Auckland history, an update on Auckland Museum’s proposed Tamaki Galleries, and a panel discussion on urban history from different disciplinary perspectives to take the AHI forward.

The Auckland Museum is hosting the first AHI Annual Lecture, to be presented by Professor David Williams and Margaret Kawharu.

Register for this free event through Eventbrite.

Lunchtime talk at the National Library, Wellington.

Ordinary, Extraordinary: Recording The Stories Of Sex Workers

Saturday 30 March, The Writing Life, 10am-2pm (with lunch)

Waitemata Room, Auckland Central Library
Join us for our first NOHANZ Auckland regional event of 2019!
You will hear from Deborah Shepard, a biographer, oral historian and teacher of memoir, whose new book
The Writing Life (2018) features oral history interviews with twelve of New Zealand’s most acclaimed and admired authors. more..

19-21 February 2019
Oral History for Educators, Hudson New York ..more..
2-7 February 2019
WORKSHOP: Oral History and Project Design ..more..

You are welcome to attend the BGM which will coincide with Conference. Read the welcome and agenda

NOHANZ BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2018 “Te Waha Kairongorongo e”: The Voice in Time and Space

27-29 November, Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato NOHANZ Biennial Conference 2018

This year the theme of our conference focuses on the sweet sound of the voice, the singers of tales (te waha kairongorongo), storytellers, and the resonance of the voice through time and space. How is oral history transient through time and space? How do the voices of our participants travel through, or resonate in, time and space as a vehicle for memory? What significance do we find in the spaces we use to access, listen to, co-create, and present voices that give meaning and memory to the past? How is the notion of “time” apparent in the transmission of memory across generations of voices?
The call for papers closed 10 August 2018  Call for Papers

27-29 NOVEMBER 2018

Registrations now open: Apply here ..

Please return completed registration forms and payment details to:
By Email (preferred if possible):
By Post:
NOHANZ Conference 2018 Registrations
PO Box 3819
Wellington, 6140


Funding support Jack Ilott Fund

PUBLIC LECTURE Professor Alexander Freund University of Winnipeg [Cancelled]

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Professor Alexander Freund has had to cancel his visit to Wellington.
Therefore, the public lecture scheduled on Wednesday 28 November at 5.30pm at the National Library has been cancelled.
This was to have been: Wednesday 28 November 2018 at 5.30 pm
Te Ahumairangi Programme Room, Main Foyer
National Library of New Zealand, Molesworth Street, Wellington
My People’s Crimes: On the Difficulty of Talking About and Acknowledging One’s Nation’s Atrocities

The Writing Life – Wellington Talk:

Oral history into book the stories of twelve New Zealand authors’ 15 November, 2018 ..more..

NOHANZ congratulates Taina Tangaere-McGregor

Taina was named as a Kiwibank Local Hero 2017 ..more..

And for the Auckland book launch (pictured) of The Writing Life: – If you haven’t already done so, please don’t forget to RSVP to the launch of The Writing Life – we would love for you to join us to celebrate this event.

Oral History Workshops Wellington August-October 201

These workshops are now fully booked, but you can put your name on a waiting list by emailing
Read the Flyer
Read about ‘Abstracting Oral History‘ 13-14 October 2018

Feminist Engagements in Aotearoa:

125 years of Suffrage and Beyond
Victoria University of Wellington, 21-23rd September 2018 ..more..
Proposals are due 30 June 2018 ..more..

A Week at Berkeley,

California for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, university faculty, independent scholars, and museum and community-based historians who are engaged in oral history work.
This will take place on the UC Berkeley campus in the newly-opened MLK Jr Student Center from August 6-10, 2018. more

Hear Indira Chowdhury speak …
Wednesday 25 July 2018 Auckland  Unheard Voices and Forms of Cultural Memory Oral History and the Postcolonial Archives in India .. Read More ..
Thursday 26 July 2018 Rutherford House Wellington Commemoration and the Remembered Past: Communities, Places and Memories of displacement .. Read More ..
Friday 27 July 2018 National Library of New Zealand, Molesworth Street, Wellington Unheard Voices and Forms of Cultural Memory Oral History and the Postcolonial Archives in India .. Read More ..

Indira Chowdhury is Founder-Director of the Centre for Public History at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bengaluru, and the founder of Archival Resources for Contemporary History, Bengaluru (ARCH@Srishti).  She is a founding member of the Oral History Association of India, their past-President and past-President of the International Oral History Association.

Digital Tools for Oral History – Workshop


18 – 21 June 2018 Finland

The XX International Oral History Association Conference University of Jyväskylä, Finland ..more..

Registration open for Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony’s 4-day Graduate Seminar

May 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia
by Elise Chenier ..more..

2018 Annual Conference of OHS & OHNI

Queen’s University. Belfast ..more..

Auckland – Oral History Workshops

This workshop is now fully subscribed, but please email for other oral history training opportunities in Auckland or elsewhere.
Day One: Introduction to Oral History
Day Two: Recording Seriously
Saturday 26 May 2018 & Saturday 23 June 2018
8.45am-4.30pm ..more..

Wellington Workshops February, March 2018

The essentials of Oral History Research: A two day course with  a month between them. Held in Wellington Saturday 24 February and Saturday 24 March. Read more
Day One: National Library Website & Event
Day Two: National Library Website & Event

NZ History Federation Inc AGM Hamilton

16-18 March 2018 ..more.. ..application..

Oral History from Scratch – Christchurch

Tim Jones reflects on his six months recently spent as VSA
volunteer helping to set up an oral history collection for the Haus
Stori, the public library in Arawa, Bougainville.
Monday 5 March 2018 6-7ish
Hagley College Library, cnr Hagley Ave and St Asaph St ..more..

Cancelled: Timaru – Oral history taster/meeting

We regret that this event is cancelled.

Oral History from Scratch – Christchurch

Tim Jones reflects on his six months recently spent as VSA
volunteer helping to set up an oral history collection for the Haus Stori, the public library in Arawa, Bougainville.
Monday 5 March 2018 6-7ish
Hagley College Library, cnr Hagley Ave and St Asaph St ..more..

Jan. 20: One-Day Oral History Training Workshops with OHMA by Oral History MA Columbia University

Join us for an intensive day of workshops with OHMA faculty and alumni!
Registration is now open for our ONE-DAY ORAL HISTORY TRAINING WORKSHOPS on Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Hamilton Hall [Campus map.] Room assignments vary by workshop.
Registration: $30 – 100 per workshop, sliding scale

Early Bird registration for A Week at Berkeley, California. For those who register by December 15, 2017, and pay in full by January 15, 2018, the full price will be $800.  more

Byte Back! Managing your personal digital archives

The computer failed to understand Cecily's reasoning
The computer failed to understand Cecily’s reasoning

Date: Thursday, 30 November, 2017
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Cost: Free
Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
Contact Details: For information please contact
Do you create important documents on your laptop? Use cloud storage? Save your research on a hard drive? Take digital photos? Have lots of older files you’ve lost control of? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, welcome to the wonderful world of personal digital archives. This is a session for you!

To celebrate International Digital Preservation Day, let’s take a look at the digital archives we all create. Flora Feltham, the Alexander Turnbull Library’s Digital Archivist, will give you practical advice on how to manage your digital files and media. Learn the basics about the care and handling of physical media like CDs and hard drives, as well as good practice in file naming, file organisation and back-ups.November Event at the National Library

Oral history from scratch
Tim Jones reflects on his six months recently spent as VSA volunteer helping to set up an oral history collection for the Haus Stori, the public library in Arawa, Bougainville.

Public Programme Rooms
Ground Floor, National Library of New Zealand
Tuesday 21 November 2017
5.30 for a 6pm start
Read the Flyer.

Oral history recording equipment
Stephen Buckland, Sound Techniques, Auckland, will be at the Alexander Turnbull Library, showcasing current digital recording equipment, including the new Sound Devices field recorder, the MixPre-3 -
“A compact, light, robust, well featured audio recorder worth considering for oral history recording at any level of experience.”
Wednesday 8 November 3:30pm
Meet Ground floor National Library of New Zealand
Read the Flyer

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
Important Dates:
Early Bird Registration closes: 30 June 2017
Contact: Conference Secretariat: DC Conferences, 02 9954 4400 or

Workshops Palmerston North

Essentials of oral history research
This is a two day course
Day 1 Introduction to oral history 9 September 2017
Day 2 Recording seriously 7 October 2017 ..more..

Maori Oral Historians and Wananga PhD Graduates

Inaugural Conference 24-25 October 2017
Venue:Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi; 13 Domain Road, Whakatane 3120
PDF poster here. Word doc here.

Visit by Indira Chowdhury cancelled

NOHANZ regrets that we have had to cancel Indira’s presentations in Auckland on the 11th September and Wellington on the 12th September 2017.  We are very disappointed that Immigration NZ have chosen to turn down such an eminent visitor’s visa application on the basis of what we feel was a technicality, with no right of appeal or reconsideration.  The committee is investigating alternative events on future dates and will let you know as soon as these are arranged.

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

See the poster.


Wellington Workshops

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: July & August
Day One:
Introduc0on to Oral History
Saturday 8 July 2017 8.45am-4.30pm
Day Two:
Recording Seriously
Saturday 26 August 2017 8.45am-4.30pm

Wellington Abstracting Oral History
Saturday and Sunday
12 & 13 August 2017 8.45am-1pm
(Please note dates are between Days One and
Two of this series)

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

View the Flyer

Indigenous Oral Histories Seminar – Sydney

Time: July 29, 2017 from 11am to 12:45pm
Location: Sydney
Organized By: Oral History NSW

Indigenous Oral Histories Seminar
From community-driven and university-based projects, to the collecting initiatives of libraries, archives and museums, the oral history work being undertaken with Indigenous communities across Australia is extensive. In this seminar, you’ll hear from Associate Professor Heidi Norman, who has expertise in conducting research about Aboriginal land rights, Dr. Dino Hodge, an activist and academic renowned for his explorations of Indigenous Australian queer histories, and archivist Kirsten Thorpe, who leads the Indigenous Services team at the State Library of NSW. The session will be chaired by Kate Waters – an experienced professional historian with expertise in ethical approaches to conducting oral history interviews with Aboriginal communities.
Registration fees
Members of Oral History NSW: $20  Non-Members: $30
For all enquiries please contact Cheryl Ware at

Wellington Workshop

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

Tamaki Makaurau Hui: Auckland Regional Meeting
Saturday 22 July 10am – 2.30pm ALL WELCOME
Kinder House – Newmarket Theme
Workshop: Making a Sound clip…. read the leaflet

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

Conference: Oral Histories of Work & Leisure — Galway City, 23rd & 24th June 2017  more

The programme for the 2017 Conference of the Oral History Network of Ireland ‘Oral Histories of Work and Leisure’ is now available to download from the conference page on our website:

The conference takes places in The Connacht Hotel, Galway, on 23rd and 24th June 2017.

There will be speakers from across the island of Ireland as well as from Great Britain and the United States for a weekend of papers, moments, and workshops. Our keynote lecture will be provided by Don Ritchie — ‘Oral Historians at Work (and Play).’

Registration closes on Friday 16th June.

Conference registration and details are all available on:

If you wish to get in touch with us please email us at:

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

Auckland Workshop
Spaces left. Apply now!

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

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

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

Lecture Friday 7 April 5:30pm—6:30pm Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 3(RHLT3)
‘This isn’t very feminist at all….’Talking about feminism with post-war British women

CANCELLED: Wanaka Autumn Arts School 24-29 April 2017
Tutor – Judith Fyfe
It is the great events that make history but ultimately, it is the individual’s perception of events that matters. The collection of oral testimony, based on individual memory, enriches the store of historical evidence to reconstruct the past whether that past is a collective public one or a private, familial one.
This 5-day workshop will provide the essentials of oral history research including methodology, project planning, best equipment, interview techniques, legal and ethical issues and processing oral history in order to make the material available for use. The course involves plenty of hands-on practice.
The Alexander Turnbull Library is assisting with this course. and specifically

Auckland: March & April

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

Day One: Introduction to Oral History
Saturday 18 March 2017
Day Two: Recording Seriously
Saturday 8 April 2017
8.45am-4.30pm See the poster and the flyer

A Course at Waikato University

HIST380-17A HAM : Special Topic: Oral History in Indigenous Perspective: Stories of Moana, Maui, and Native Appropriation

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences History Programme
This paper introduces students to the inter-connected histories that follow Maui and “Moana” through the Pacific via an analysis of Māori oral history research. It explores the contemporary appropriations of indigenous histories in film, gaming, texts, and productions like the recent Disney motion-picture Moana, and asks: What is the impact of these appropriations on indigenous history, knowledge, and orality? Students will examine key themes and questions in indigenous oral history, focusing on the form, methods, ethics, theories, and the decolonial politics of native oral history.
Dr Nēpia Mahuika

One day Oral History Training Workshops, New York, USA, 28 January 2017
series of interactive public workshops on oral history methods and practice at the Columbia School of Journalism on Saturday, January 28 from 9:30 to 5 p.m.
To review the full course descriptions, faculty bios, and registration information, visit the January 28 One-Day Workshops page on the Oral History M.A. program (OHMA) website.

The Friends of the Hocken Collections 2016 Research Award

In 2016 the Friends of the Hocken Collections celebrate their 25 th anniversary of establishment.
The Friends support and promote the world-renowned Hocken Collections (part of the
University of Otago) in Dunedin, New Zealand in a number of different ways.
This year, to acknowledge this anniversary the Friends wish to make a one-off award of
$10,000. The aim is to support an individual (or more than one person) researching an
aspect of the historical development of Māori or Pakeha culture and society in
Aotearoa/New Zealand, primarily using the resources of the Hocken Collections.
Read the pdf

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

Tēnā Koutou
I am delighted to let you all know that Taina was recently named as a Kiwibank Local Hero 2017. The awards “aim to identify & reward everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local communities. The Local Hero Awards recognises the enormous contribution, sacrifice and commitment of Kiwis who selflessly work to make their local communities a better place.”
The medal presentation ceremony was held in the Banquet Hall at Parliament on Monday, with 35 Wellingtonians being honoured (I am sure you will recognise a number of the names). There is a photo and list on the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year website (under News).
Taina’s citation reads:
Taina Tangaere-McGregor (Wellington)
Taina is of Ngati Porou descent and is passionate about preserving the history of the achievements of her race.
Now in her seventies, she still works tirelessly for Alexander Turnbull library as an oral history adviser for Maori. She travels the length and breadth of Aotearoa to interview multitudes of people both Maori and Pakeha.
Taina trains Maori people to effectively archive their oral history and works tirelessly to preserve the Maori language for generations to come.
She is creative and through teaching other Maori how to use video cameras, she is keeping interest in the Maori language alive in the present population.
Ngā mihi nui me te aroha nui Taina

Fragile Memories in Helsinki

Welcome to FOHN symposium “Fragile Memories, Doing Oral History with Vulnerable Narrators,” on 24-25 November 2016 in Helsinki!

Seeking new stories of the old westWestAKLheritageconf

The Waitākere Ranges Local Board is seeking original research for a new heritage conference focused on West Auckland’s history, called New Stories of the Old West.

The one-day conference will take place Sunday 2 October, 9am – 5pm at Titirangi War Memorial Hall, South Titirangi Road, Titirangi. It will be part of the larger, region-wide Auckland Heritage Festival, which runs from 24 September to 9 October 2016.

There will be keynote presentations to the whole conference as well as shorter break-out workshops.

We invite genealogists, historians, authors, academics or anyone who has done original research about the history of West Auckland to submit their work to be considered for inclusion in the day’s programme.

Please fill out this form to be considered. Submissions close Friday 22 July. Or print, fill out and return the attached form. Or phone the local board on 09 813 9150 for a hardcopy to be sent to you.

Research can be about anywhere in West Auckland and can be a work in progress. You don’t have to have completed the research by the time of the conference.

Most papers/presentations will be given within workshops with each presentation being about 20-30 minutes long, including questions. Some keynote presentations/papers will be selected from those submitted to be presented to the whole conference. These generally will be 30-40 minutes long including questions.

At the conclusion of the conference, the local board will publish the conference papers.

Oral History Workshops – Wellington and Christchurch

Telphone operators, circa 1920s. Taken by an unidentified photographer Ref: PAColl-5469-047
Telphone operators, circa 1920s. Taken by an unidentified photographer Ref: PAColl-5469-047

Full details on our Notices Page.
Alexander Turnbull Library Outreach Services offer workshops for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects. The workshops will be taught by Judith Fyfe, lawyer and oral historian, and Lynette Shum, Oral History Adviser.  The Wellington workshops will be held at the National Library, corner of Aitken and Molesworth Streets, Thorndon, Wellington.  The Christchurch workshops will be held at Shirley Intermediate School, Corner of Shirley Road and North Parade, Shirley, Christchurch

The Essentials of Oral History Research

A two-day course
Day One: Introduction to Oral History
Christchurch: Saturday 15 October 2016  8.45am-4.30pm See the poster (pdf)
Wellington: Saturday 5 November 2016  8.45am-4.30pm See the poster (pdf)

Day Two: Recording Seriously
Christchurch: Saturday 12 November 2016  8.45am-4.30pm
Wellington: Saturday 3 December 2016  8.45am-4.30pm

Full details on our Notices Page.

NOHANZ biennial conference Tell me more : Sharing our Stories

Conference headerJust Finished!!. Read the Programme.

NOHANZ Biennial General Meeting was held 21 October 2016, followed by guest speaker Anna Cottrell’s short film Voices of Children, in which Christchurch children tell stories of the Big Quake
BGM Election results

President: Nepia Mahuika
Secretary: Sue Monk
Treasurer: Debbie Dunsford
Past-president: Ann Packer
Committee members: Belinda De Mayo, Sue Gee, Lynette Shum
Co-opted committee members: Marina Fontein, Ruth Low
Biennial General Meeting Agenda
Executive Roles

The Jack Ilott Oral History Education Fund may be able to help you attend Conference

More detail including rates and 2014 Meeting Minutes on our Conference Page

NOHANZ biennial conference Tell me more : Sharing our Stories

Our rates:

Member Earlybird $170
Member Full rate $220
Unwaged member Earlybird $100
Unwaged member full rate $150
One-day member rate $120
Non-members Earlybird $220
Non-members Full rate $270
One day non-member rate $150
Friday seminars (additional) $55
Conference dinner $45

International publications – call for submissions

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

Getting It Done – Crunch Time for Audio Archives
Australasian Sound Recordings Association (ASRA)

Annual Conference
National Film & Sound Archive
McCoy Circuit Canberra
Wednesday 30th August to Friday 2nd September 2016
Call For Papers
The conference organising committee is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 2016 ASRA Conference.

PHANZA mini-conference

The Professional Historians’ Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa (PHANZA) is seeking proposals for papers, presentations, panels, or speakers for a mini – conference on
“Piecing Together the Jigsaw: Information and Where to Find It”
Saturday 8 October 2016
St Andrew’s on the Terrace, Wellington

New Oral History Site This website makes available on-line a rich collection of oral history interviews with Māori who practised as mental health nurses between 1950-1990.

Other NZ websites

New Zealand Oral History Awards

The New Zealand Oral History Awards (NZOH) provide financial help for the recording of interviews relating to the history of New Zealand/Aotearoa and its close connections with the Pacific.
The closing date for applications for the 2016 round was in April 2016.
More at  –
Congratulations to all the hard working recipients.

Alexander Turnbull Library oral history workshops

Wellington: Abstracting Oral History, Saturday & Sunday 25 June 2016
Auckland Workshops: May and June 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

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

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

Alexander Turnbull Library oral history workshops

Please note that Essentials of Oral History Research in Wellington is fully subscribed, and we are taking names for a waiting list, but there are still spaces in Abstracting Oral History in Wellington and Essentials, Auckland.  We are also taking Expressions of Interest for Abstracting in Auckland.
See the Auckland Flyer and the Wellington Flyer.
Wellington Day 1: Introduction to Oral History Saturday 30 April
Wellington Day 2: Recording Seriously Saturday 28 May 8.45am – 4.30pm

Call for papers Biennial Conference Christchurch
Successful presenters have been notified. Read the announcement:  Tell Me More 2016

Alexander Turnbull Library oral history workshops

Palmerston North

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


Abstracting oral history:
Saturday and Sunday 7 November—8 November 2015 8.45am-1pm

Past Conferences

NOHANZ Conference 2014 The Gift of Memory

Notice of Biennial General Meeting 2014

NOHANZ members are warmly invited to the 2014 NOHANZ Biennial General Meeting to be held at:

CQ Hotel 213 – 223 Cuba Street Wellington.
5.30 – 8.00 pm Friday, 19 September 2014

The General Meeting coincides with the NOHANZ Conference on 20, 21 September 2014

Committee and BGM papers

BGM Agenda as pdf

Committee Nomination as docx
Committee Nomination Form as pdf

Proposed subscription change as docx and pdf

Constitution Change as pdf

NOHANZ Committee Roles as pdf

Representative Voting Form as docx
Representative Voting Form as pdf

Minutes of 2013 BGM as pdf

NOHANZ Conference and Biennial General Meeting
See the pdf for full schedule

Regional Meeting – Monday


You are warmly invited to NOHANZ’s next regional meeting.

Date Monday 17 August 2015
Venue National Library, Pipitea Room, Lower Ground Floor, Aitken Street entrance
Time 5.30pm nibbles for 6pm start, 7.30pm finish

Prue Donald has kindly agreed to present. As Te Papa’s Digital Content Producer she was closely involved in the development of the exhibition Gallipoli: The scale of our war. Prue is planning to give an overview of the process to deliver the exhibition’s oral history content – the advocacy, research, production process and delivery. A discussion around the role of oral history in museums will be encouraged.

Belinda De Mayo will also make her Northern Maori Schools’ project presentation.

Short notice but, hoping you’ll be able to join us for this special presentation

Notice of Auckland Symposium:
Word_notice pdf_notice
Working with…
Professional Historians accessing and working with information

The Auckland branch of the Professional Historians Association of New Zealand Aotearoa will be holding a one-day symposium of workshops on how to access and use information historians use in their day-to-day work.
Venue:  Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport, Auckland
Date:  Saturday 25 July 2015
EARLY REGISTRATION is now open and limited to 40 places
PHANZA members: $30 Non-PHANZA members: $50

Sunday July 2015 2-4pm
National Library Stanley Street, Auckland

Digital Refresher Sunday 26 July 2015 2-4pm
National Library Stanley Street, Auckland
With Lynette Shum, Oral History Adviser, Alexander Turnbull Library
Uncertain about your practice? Need some technical feedback? This session may be for you
· Recording
o Equipment settings and use
o Feedback about quality
· File management/Digital processes
o Saving to your computer
o Programs you can use
This is a free pilot session, but registrations essential:

Nelson Regional Oral History Meeting

13 March 2015 12.30pm at the Nelson Provincial Museum’s Research Facility in Stoke RSVP Helen Pannett
03 5478543

Workshops Hamilton – Cancelled

Announcing the start of oral history workshops in Hamilton 28 February and 28 March 2015, at Fraser High School library.
This is a two day course, each one month apart.

Day One: Introduction to Oral History
Saturday 28 February 2015

Day Two: Recording Seriously
Saturday 28 March 2015

An introduction to oral history methodology. How to plan an oral history project, choose the best equipment, achieve clear audio recordings, select informants, follow ethical procedures, develop questioning techniques, process digital oral history, and make the material available for use.
$300 ($220)* for both days
Limit: 12

*Reduced fees are for community services cardholders or full-time students.

All equipment is provided and all participants will receive comprehensive guides and resources and a certificate of attendance

For more information, including funding, contact or phone 04 462 3935

Read the Wellington Flyer for workshops November, December 2014

Essentials of Oral History (two day course)

Essentials of Oral History (two day course) has already commenced, please contact if you would like to be notified of future workshops in New Zealand or if you would like more information regarding training and support.

Abstracting oral history Saturday and Sunday
6 & 7 December 2014

The abstract is a comprehensive time-coded summary, which serves as a guide to the oral history researcher. Here is an opportunity to practise the comprehension and editing skills needed to compile a reliable and usable abstract. Completion of an Essentials of Oral History Research or a recent equivalent introductory course is recommended but not required.

Please complete the enrolment form on the National Library website

or email or phone 04 4623977

If you would like more information, please contact us.

Replaced Documents

July 2013 Recording Agreement

Gift of Memory: Programme

Biennial General Meeting:
Friday 19 September 2014

CQ Hotel, Cuba Street, Wellington

Biennial General Meeting with Guest Speaker, Judith Fyfe Friday 19 September 2014, 5.30 drinks and nibbles, 6pm start, CQ Hotel, Cuba Street Wellington.
Members are warmly invited to the Association’s general meeting to hear about NOHANZ activities and plans, and elect the next Executive.

Conference: Saturday & Sunday 20 & 21 September 2014

CQ Hotel, Cuba Street Wellington.

Details and registration form here.
Itinerary below.

Please help us publicise the conference by sharing our Flyer via email and/or noticeboard:
See the Flyer here


Workshops Friday 19 September 2014
National Library, Aitken Street, Wellington
Workshop Programme as docx
Workshop Programme as pdf
The workshops are now fully subscribed but you can put your name on a waiting list by emailing

Friday 19 September 2014
NOHANZ General Meeting
CQ Hotel, Cuba Street Wellington.
Guest speaker: Judith Fyfe, on “Silence”

Registrations open 8.15 am

Conference – Day One
Special plenary presentation and discussion
“Recording agreements, ethics and copyright”

Conference closes 5:00 pm

Conference – Day Two
Conference Keynote Address: Dr Nēpia Mahuika

Earlybird registration discount available until 4th July 2014.


Memory is a powerful gift, crucial to our capacity to connect past and present and learn for the future. How does memory work? In what ways do individual and collective memories relate and interact?


When people share their recollections and perspectives in oral histories, the personal becomes public. What motivates interviewees to participate? What are their expectations and who are they giving to? How private is memory? How well do oral historians respect the ‘gifts’ they record? What about unknown future audiences?

Papers Session 1:Reciprocity and Sharing – Oral History in Health
Maria Baker, Tio Sewell and Tish Siaosi:
“Tuia Te Ao Marama- Oral History of Māori Mental Health Nurses”
Debbie Dunsford and Kate Prebble:
“I’ve loved what I’ve done’: Nurses share their stories”
Irene Rogers “Ghosts in the archives: exploring the challenge of reusing memories”

Papers Session 2:Sharing – After the Interview
Sara Donaghey, Sue Berman, and Nina Seja:
“Creating in collaboration: reflections on a World War One recording project”;
Marina Fontein: “Lebanese in Wellington”;
Katrina Hodgson: “The challenges of Oral History and Native Title”;
Evelyn Whitelaw: “Reciprocity, Accessibility and Indigenous Oral History Archives”

Papers Session 3:Reciprocity and Sharing
Nourah M Altwuaijry: “The Experience of Memory-Based History Documentation at the Oral History Center, King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives”;
Jacqui Foley: “‘Taking care of the Gifts’- Reflecting on a career in oral history”;
Janet Toland and Jim Whitman: “Pioneers of Computing in New Zealand”

Papers Session 4:Reciprocity -Transgenerational Research
Sara Donaghey: “Reciprocity: offering an alternative dimension for sharing authority”;
Isobelle Barrett Meyering:”Oralhistory as inter-generational dialogue: the case for reciprocity in feminist history”;

Papers Session 5:Understanding Memory – Remembering and Forgetting
Loreen Brehaut: Picton “Freezing Works OH Project”;
Lizzie Catherall: “The Gift of Memory is an awful curse”;
Michael Dudding: “Contradicting the Testimony – gospel truths and memory recall in oral history research”;
Cheryl Ware: “Illness and life narratives:
Investigating the significance of the changing social experiences of HIV-positive homosexual men in Sydney between 1982 and 1997″

Papers Session 6:Understanding Memory -Trauma
Andrea Hepworth: “The Argentinean Franco court case as a lieu de mémoire for displaced Spanish Republican memory?”;
Bernard Jervis: “What cannot be talked about, cannot be put to rest”;
Ben Morris: “Veterans’ memories, a gifted wound”

Papers Session 7:Reciprocity and Sharing – Community and Place
Rebecca Amundsen: “Discovering Glengarry’s Community Spirit”;
Sue Berman: “The Dominion Road Stories”;
Carol Dawber:”Golden Bay River Rats: Commercial Fishing in Golden Bay”


In the digital age, oral history access and publishing options are burgeoning. What are the options, their benefits and drawbacks? What ethical and privacy questions arise?

Past Conferences Local

There was a Nohanz Regional Symposium in Auckland on Friday 10/Saturday 11 May 2013: “Describing the Wave: Perspectives on making and interpreting oral history in the digital age” – Information

Nohanz Conference 2011

The biennial Nohanz conference, ‘Oral History in the 21st Century: Voices of Identity in a Globalised World’, was held in Rotorua between 2 and 3 April 2011. Keynote speakers were Lorina Barker, Associate Lecturer from the School of Humanities at the University of New England in New South Wales, and Teresia Teaiwa, Senior Lecturer Pacific Studies, Va’aomanu Pasifika, Victoria University of Wellington.

The proceedings also included a retrospective on the work of noted Rotorua historian, the late Don Stafford, presented by Kerry Fowler.

Nohanz Conference 2009

The 2009 Nohanz conference ‘Using Oral History in Communities’ was held in Wellington on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November 2009. Keynote speakers were Gaylene Preston, oral historian and film maker, Pip Desmond, oral historian and writer, and Jack Perkins, oral historian and broadcaster.

For more information see the December 09 Newsletter here

On the Christchurch City Library website there is a conference report from Marion, a participant, and comments

Past Conferences Overseas

Where is Oral History Heading?

Michael Frisch on Where is oral history heading?
Sydney, 15 November 2014 more here

Australian Generations Conference

30 – 31 October 2014, Melbourne
The Australian Generations Conference will feature a select group of academic historians and industry partners who form the Australian Generations Oral History Project’s research team.
Professor Michael Frisch, the internationally renowned oral and public historian, will deliver the Keynote Address. Their website
Flyer as pdf

Conference Ireland

The Oral History Network of Ireland had its 2014 Conference on the theme ‘Making Connections: Oral History and Community’. This two day conference will took place on Friday and Saturday, 12th – 13th September 2014 at the historic venue of Butler House in Kilkenny City.

Oral History Association (IOHA) Conference XVIII

Barcelona, 9-12 July 2014, Power and Democracy: the many voices of oral history. More at:

See Rob Perks’ post to H-List inviting interest in forming a panel to discuss online publication of oral history.

Community Voices: Oral History on the ground

The 2014 conference of the Oral History Society (UK) on the theme “Community Voices: Oral History on the ground” was held in Manchester on 18 & 19 July 2014.


Canterbury Regional gathering

Date: 7pm, Tuesday 24 February 2015
Place: 366 Tancreds Rd, Lincoln (Limbo Thompson is kindly hosting us)
What to bring: A plate or drink
What: Rosemary will facilitate a discussion on ethical questions we might be facing in our projects (1/2 hour).
And then we can have more general discussion on our projects/ socialising.
There is also some exciting news about the 2016 NOHANZ conference!
RSVP: to Rosemary at

Archive Overseas Meetings here..

Archive of courses and tutorials here..

Archive of Conferences Past and Present here..

Archive of AGMs & Meetings here..

Archive of Local Events here..