Professional Historians’ Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa members are skilled historians who research and present history to professional standards.
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What do our members do?
Historians do specialised work, drawing on material from wide ranging sources such as government archives, libraries, newspapers and company records, or from collections of oral histories and image collections. They have expertise in collating and interpreting information, and presenting this in an engaging and informative format tailored for the intended audience. Presentation takes many forms, including: books, exhibitions, oral histories, heritage assessments, content for television programmes, and online histories.
Our members work with a wide range of organisations and other professionals, such as government agencies, archivists, archaeologists, anthropologists, architects, planners, lawyers and companies.
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AucklandHeritage gardens and historic cultural landscapes
I am an independent and experienced landscape historian consultant with over 30 years of experience of field research - interpreting physical places, boundaries and garden elements - and assessing public archives and records and report writing.
Heritage landscape assessments commissioned have included 19th century parks to mid-century modernism landscapes - cemeteries, urban parks, agricultural, tourist sites, urban places, gardens and trees.Read full profile
WellingtonLate 19th New Zealand museum collections, built heritage, engineering heritage
I gained my Master of Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University of Wellington in 2008, joining PHANZA that same year.
I then primarily worked as a contract historian for Heritage New Zealand, and in 2010 I started part-time work as the IPENZ Heritage Advisor (now Engineers New Zealand). Other projects I have been involved with include developing some of the stories for the Ministry of Culture and Heritage's Roadside Stories (www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/). In mid-2016 I started full-time work as a Heritage Advisor for Heritage New Zealand.
I joined the PHANZA Committee in 2011 and was Secretary between 2014 and 2017. Read full profile
Wellingtonlabour, politics, transport, social
I have worked for the History Group of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage since 2002, and have been Chief Historian since April 2011 (I was previously Acting Chief Historian from September 2008 to June 2009, and again from August 2010 to April 2011). As well as managing the Group's general work programme, I oversee the historical content of the NZHistory.net.nz website and manage the NZ History Research Trust Fund Awards in History.
I studied history at the University of Auckland, and moved to Wellington in 1990, working as a researcher and editor for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and then for several years as a contract historian. I now live in Raumati on the Kapiti Coast.
My main areas of interest are the social history of transport (especially railways and seafaring), politics and labour history.
I was a member of PHANZA's executive committee from 2003 to 2010 and PHANZA President from December 2007 to December 2010.Read full profile
I am a past secretary and president of PHANZA. I joined the History Group of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage in July 2008 to work as a historian on NZHistory.net.nz. In 2011 I went on secondment from my normal role to act as Stategic Adviser toÂ the Ministry's Chief Executive. I am currentlyÂ writing a book on New Zealand's First World War heritage with Tim Shoebridge.
I completed my undergraduate degree majoring in history and politics in 2001 via extramural study at Massey University. Following some overseas travel I completed a Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies at Victoria University in 2005. While completing my masters I completed two practical placements, one working on Te Ara at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the other within the National Library Gallery, researching and co-curating an exhibition on propaganda posters collected by W B Sutch. My thesis was on the position of New Zealand history in secondary schools.
Prior to joining the History Group I worked at the New Zealand Historic Places Trust registering historic places and areas in the Central Region. I have also worked within the policy team at the National Library of New Zealand on the New Zealand Digital Content Strategy.Â My main areas of interest are heritage, politics, war and history in schools.Read full profile
My somewhat varied career began many years ago at the National Lending Library for Science and Technology in the UK, where I worked for a time as a qualified librarian. That was followed by a couple of years in the Pacific as a British volunteer (VSO). It was there that I met my first husband, who happened to be a New Zealander, and the rest, as they say, is history - in my case, fairly literally so! Further study at Massey led to an MA(Hons) in History and I found employment at the Crown Forestry Rental Trust as a Research Assistant. From there I moved to the Waitangi Tribunal where I remained for over 10 years, working first as a researcher and then as a report writer. I still maintain a link with the Tribunal and its work but now operate on a free-lance basis.
My experience of living in a number of different countries has translated into an ongoing fascination with the interface between cultures - be it French migrant communities living in London in the Early Modern period (my early interest) or MÄori and PÄkehÄ interactions in New Zealand. Work opportunities in Wellington as well as a growing interest in MÄori history have led me to focus on the latter in recent times.Read full profile
I graduated with a PhD in History from the University of Otago in 2014. Information about my thesis research can be found at: http://otago.ourarchive.ac.nz/handle/10523/4752
My research expertise is wide ranging, in methodology and subject. I am particularly passionate about using oral history. I am available for research into a variety of aspects of society and culture.
I have interdisciplinary skills and also hold three degrees with majors in Geography, Psychology, History, and Museums and Cultural Heritage.Read full profile