Pasifika histories: a walking tour

Join Sofi Ulugia-Pua for a walking tour along Karangahape Road and learn about what this space meant for the Pacific Island families who lived in the inner city suburbs in the 1970s and 1980s.  You will hear about the business owners who catered to their community, the rise of late-night shopping venues on Karangahape Road, the pubs, Samoa House and the PIC (Pacific Island Presbyterian Church). The founding of the Polynesian Panthers Party and the impact of the ‘stop the tour’ protests at Pigeon Park in 1981 are covered also.

The walking tour is accessible to people of all fitness levels. The tour will be about 90 minutes in length. Maximum 20 people. Community donation $20 per person.

Meet at Pigeon Park (corner Symonds St and Karangahape Rd). Time TBA.

Sofi Ulugia-Pua is a Pasifika urban street historian who grew up in inner-city Tāmaki Makaurau in the 1970s and 1980s. He has been presenting the popular walking tour with his brother, Reverend Mua Strickland-Pua, for over fifteen years.

Getting down to business: Navigating independent oral history work

Oral history projects depend upon a good measure of business administration and planning, as well as a thorough knowledge of the many complexities that impact the work we do. Oral historians working independently often wade through these matters alone, working out best practice for themselves. In this workshop, a panel of oral historians from a variety of backgrounds comes together to lead a discussion about key topics, including, finding work and funding; contracts and terms; briefs and timeframes; rate of pay; copyright; paperwork and recordkeeping; reporting; abstracts or transcripts; archiving; training and support; accountability; ethical standards; privacy and AI.

The workshop will be an informal, participatory and practical session. Bring your notebooks and questions and we’ll discuss these together, sharing helpful resources and suggestions.

The workshop panel includes:

Emily Anderson – Emily trained in journalism at Canterbury University and has worked as a freelance researcher, writer, and oral historian for over 15 years. She has produced numerous community, business, and family oral history projects.  Emily is based in Ōtautahi Christchurch and has her own business, Origin Stories.

Debbie Dunsford – For Debbie oral histories have been an essential part of historical work. Her experience has ranged from interviews as sources for personal academic projects and commissioned public histories, to individual whole-of-life interviews, to institutional commissions for oral history interviews for archival purposes. Debbie finds the long interview a fascinating process and is always impressed by the development of trust within the interview relationship and the openness with which most interviewees share their stories.   

Helen Frizzell Helen Frizzell is a freelance oral historian based in Ōtepoti / Dunedin.  Working in oral history since 1986, Helen’s work has included undertaking contracts for government, local bodies, businesses, and community organisations. She has also trained and mentored oral historians, served on the Nohanz Executive Committee, and is a regional contact.

Megan Hutching – Megan has worked as a freelance oral historian for many years, recording both commissioned interviews and her own projects. She has also taught introductory and advanced workshops covering both methodology and use of oral history.

Janine Irvine – Janine is a long time life writer/publisher and independent oral historian. Always busy with a collection of life writing projects and oral histories at any time, she specialises in personal, family and community histories – telling and writing the stories of their lives. Janine helps coordinate the Tāmaki Makaurau NOHANZ regional group.

Pip Oldham Based in Wellington, Pip has been working in oral history since 2003 recording on commission, as a contracted interviewer and on self funded projects and focussing mainly on archiving for future research rather than contemporary use, publication or exhibition. She is increasingly thinking about the long term consequences and responsibilities of pressing ‘record’. 

What’s that noise? Achieving high quality sound recordings.

With the recording gear we can access nowadays, reproducing human voices in all their complexity has never been easier.  But what does 48 kHz 24 bit wave file mean?  How does a voice end up as bits and bytes?  And how can we achieve optimal quality recordings?

At the conclusion of the presentation, we will also have on hand a couple of sets so people can have hands-on supervised practice

Lynette Shum has been the Oral History Advisor with the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand since 2011. She offers training and advice in oral history around the country, and is also working on a long-term oral history project recording people who lived or worked in the Chinese centre of Wellington.