15-17 November 2024 | Parnell Hotel and Conference Centre | Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Early-bird registrations are now open! Please register via the online portal here.

Working Together: Kōrero mai, Kōrero atu

Successful oral histories are built upon creative working relationships between interviewers and interviewees. The 2024 conference encourages discussion about ‘working together’ and the stories people tell, to whom, when, and why. Two key themes will be explored. Kōrero mai, or ‘speak to me’, focuses on relationship building in oral history. It reflects upon questions of trust and reciprocity that underpin oral history work and how these relationships may shape the stories people tell.

Kōrero atu, or ‘speak out’, considers the responsibilities interviewers and interviewees face both during and after the interview. This includes the obligations interviewees may feel to their iwi, hapū, whānau, or community, how these relationships affect the stories they tell (or don’t tell), and the restrictions they place on the use and archiving of interviews. It also includes how oral historians honour the stories people share as we move the project from interviewing to archiving, analysis, and publication in print or in other forms.

Keynote: Reflections from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

We are delighted to announce that Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei will open the conference and deliver a keynote panel featuring speakers with significant experience working with iwi, hapū, whānau, and in public institutions to preserve their taonga for future generations.  

Speakers will include:

Anahera Morehu, the Poumanaaki Chief Archivist at Archives NZ,

Ropata Pāora, a reo expert and advocate for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, and

Tom Irvine, the Chief Executive Officer of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Whai Maia.

Conference Programme

The conference programme is now live. Please click on the above link for more details.


We are delighted to offer three workshops that will take place on Friday 15 November 2024.

Registration and conference grants

Early-bird registration is NOW OPEN!

We are also pleased to offer a limited number of conference grants. Further details will follow.

Venue information

The conference will take place at the Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre, which is located at 10/20 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052.

Book launch

We will also celebrate the launch of Remembering and Becoming: Oral History in Aotearoa New Zealand, edited by Anna Green and Megan Hutching. The collection features rich oral histories from authors across Aotearoa, including several NOHANZ members.

Conference organising committee

Cheryl Ware (convenor), Janine Irvine, Debbie Dunsford, Anna Green, Megan Hutching, Lynette Shum, Keri Mills, and Rachel Baskerville