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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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  • Auckland
    Heritage parks, 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.

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  • Wellington
    Late 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. 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 am continuing on the Committee for 2016-17 in the Secretary role. Read full profile

  • Wellington
    labour, 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.

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  • USA
    Social and cultural history, First World War, late Victorian and Edwardian history, youth orgnisations, immigration
  • Wellington
    heritage

    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 to the Ministry's Chief Executive. I am currently 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. My main areas of interest are heritage, politics, war and history in schools.

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  • Wellington
    Maori, publishing
  • Wellington
    Contact period New Zealand history (early interactions between Maori and Pakeha), 'frontier' New Zealand
  • Wellington
    Māori, Treaty

    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 Māori and Pākehā interactions in New Zealand. Work opportunities in Wellington as well as a growing interest in Māori history have led me to focus on the latter in recent times.

    I currently act as Treasurer for PHANZA.

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  • Canterbury
    Social history of Aotearoa/New Zealand; housing; health; labour; 1990s
  • Auckland
    politics, political biography
  • Otago
    Oral history; Social and Cultural history of 20th century New Zealand histories of Childhood; Music; Religion; Spirituality; Literature; Otago; Dunedin

    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.

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  • Wellington
    immigration, ethnic (Jews)
  • Wellington
    biography, business, heritage, Wanganui
  • Hawkes Bay
    New Zealand heritage landscapes, landscape history

    I am a heritage landscape architect with an honours degree in Landscape Architecture (Unitec) and additional training in landscape preservation (Historic Landscape Institute, Virginia).

    As a self-employed consultant my work involves the identification, assessment and protection of cultural heritage landscapes through historic overviews, thematic studies and landscape conservation plans.

    I live in Hawkes Bay but work throughout New Zealand for councils, government bodies, private individuals and other heritage professionals.

     

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  • Canterbury
    community, oral, heritage

    After a number of years following the completion of a BA (Geography) at Canterbury University I returned to study at Massey University graduating with an MA in History. With an interest in 'cultural' landscapes - the engagement between the land and people - thesis research focused on my own home area in South Canterbury and in recent years I have been occupied with a variety of projects, mainly based in this homeplace. The diverse skills of an historian have proved invaluable in working for District Councils. local Runanga, Museums, Regional Tourism, Heritage Conservation, businesses, local groups and organisations, and families.

    I, along with my partner Rob, enjoy a semi-rural lifestyle availing ourselves of the great opportunities that a central location affords to make the most of the diversity of the South Island.

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  • Wellington
    Social history, natural history, sports history.

    I have experience in social, natural and sports history with skills centred around a strong core of research, writing and design. In a range of diverse roles I have utilised these skills in research projects, publications, exhibition development, interpretive writing, marketing, writing for the web, public programmes, and social media.

    While I am currently working as the Director of the New Zealand Cricket Museum in Wellington (where a great deal of historical research can be viewed here: nzcricketmuseum.co.nz/stories), I also work as freelance content producer where I'm able to use my research and interpretation skills to help other museums, attractions and visitor centres grow and engage their audiences.

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  • Auckland
    Archives, Film, Photography, Women
  • Auckland
    New Zealand History, Public History, Oral History.
  • Auckland
    New Zealand social and cultural history; specifically social movements, labour, sport
  • Auckland
    Multicultural and immigration history, in particular Chinese; environmental history; indigenous history

    I came back to live in New Zealand four years ago after living in Australia,  where I completed a Graduate Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History through the  University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales. I have just completed a PhD in history through the University of New England. My topic is Chinese market gardening in Australia and New Zealand. It is a multidisciplinary study in technology transfer. While working on my thesis I have also been doing voluntary work for a local historical society,  Parnell Heritage, editing and producing their annual Journal.

    I originally studied archaeology and anthropology at the University of Auckland. I have worked in various museums, including large metropolitan institutions (Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and Queensland Museum in Brisbane), and  local museums such as the Tweed River Regional Museum in northern New South Wales.  My roles included exhibition planning and development; collections management, research and conservation. Most recently I worked as a freelance historian and heritage consultant based in northern New South Wales, writing thematic histories as part of community based heritage studies.

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  • West Coast
    goldfields, women, Chinese, West Coast
  • Wellington
    New Zealand music history, folklore, labour, cultural history, Maori performing arts

    I work as Curator Music at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. I joined PHANZA in February 2013 after graduating with a PhD from the New Zealand School of Music (Victoria University of Wellington/Massey University).

    My research has focused on various aspects on New Zealand music history, including folksong collecting, tramping songs, community singing, trade union and socialist singing, and the 'Maori strum' guitar style.

    I was on the executive of the Labour History Project from 2008 for four years.

    My blog is at: http://notunlikeatrumpet.wordpress.com/.

     

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  • Wellington
    New Zealand, 1840-1900
  • Canterbury
    Historic buildings survey, cemeteries, war memorials, mills, earthquake damage and repair
  • Wellington
    Gender, British Empire, society and culture
  • Auckland
    Parnell, Auckland

    Author and researcher specialising on the suburb of Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand.

     

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  • Nelson
  • Canterbury
    New Zealand Gold Rush History Mining technology, especially water races Wine & Culinary History Maori & Colonial History

    I am Ngati Toa Rangatira, B.Sc., Dip.Tchg., Dip.Bib.Min, B.A.(hons), PhD. I began my teaching career as a Maths and Economics teacher at Christ’s College before going into a career in sales management, leaving that to become a Salvation Army officer 1998-2002.

    >I then spent seven years teaching at Aranui High School, then studied at the University of Canterbury for five years, applying interests in Archaeology, History and Cultural Studies to a PhD focused on the Central Otago gold-rush.

    From January, 2014, I was employed to teach Maori Studies at Lincoln University. I continue to research and write about goldfields history, New Zealand Land Wars history and cultural histories of colonial New Zealand.

    In July - December 2016, I will be a Visiting Scholar, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. I will also be a Visiting College Research Associate at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

    I am not available for private commissions, sorry.

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  • Wellington
    alcohol, gambling, housing, referendums
  • Otago
    Colonial social, religious, holidays, health, tertiary education history
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