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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.
Documents and details of BGM
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.

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Workshops Friday 19 September 2014
National Library, Aitken Street, Wellington
Workshop Programme as docx
Workshop Programme as pdf
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  • 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

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.