Conferences Past&Present


NOHANZ/Stout Conference


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

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


University student hostel
Other accommodation
Funding support Jack Ilott Fund


NOHANZ biennial conference Tell me more : Sharing our Stories
Just 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


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

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


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