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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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  • Otago
    Colonial social, religious, holidays, health, tertiary education history
  • Auckland
    New Zealand History, Military History, War & Society, War & Memory
  • Otago
    Environment, agricultural, social and industrial
  • Wellington
    Maori history, labour, race relations, science, conservation

    Currently working as a freelance researcher, as of July 2014, having spent three years working as a writer on Te Ara the encyclopedia of NZ. Also working on a biography of early 20th cent labour activist Pat Hickey.

    Learning te reo Maori. Formerly worked for Waitangi Tribunal and for DOC.

    Committee member of the Labour History Project, a group dedicated to studying the history of NZ's working people. The LHP is not affiliated to any political party.

    Studied history at University of Otago- BA hons, PhD. Thesis was on the history of the 'Moriori Myth' - the idea of a pre-Maori population in NZ.

    Previously studied Zoology and Ecology at Canterbury and Auckland Univeristies.

    Originally from Nelson, from a family of mechanics in Stoke.

    I am a Pakeha of English, Anglo-Irish and Welsh descent.


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  • Otago
    Colonial immigration stories and the early Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods. Current research is on "The Paupers of the Northern Cemetery from 1873 to 1915."

    Sandra Cleary was born into a family of teachers and her grandmother was a well-known New Zealand historian. Sandra’s grandmother made history come alive for her grandchildren.

    By nature, Sandra is outgoing, positive, and she is very interested in people and the stories of their colonial past.

    Sandra completed her B.A. in History at the University of Otago in 2012 and studied there for a B.A. with Honours in History in 2013.

    Sandra’s Dissertation topic was on “The Paupers of the Northern Cemetery from 1873 to 1915,” and combined history, and genealogy, which she has studied since 1980.

    In November 2012 Sandra discovered that Dunedin’s Northern Cemetery was laid out according to class. The Class 3 plots are the Paupers Plots. Sandra knew she had found her Dissertation topic and she knew this research would continue long after her degree was completed.

    This research is new, with the findings on pauperism, in colonial Dunedin, differing from British pauperism during this same period. Sandra’s research is now focused on material to produce two books on the topic. One will contain small biographies of those who lie in these Paupers Plots. The second book will use a selection of people, as examples, set against Dunedin’s colonial years. This will attempt to show the depth and texture of the causes of poverty among these paupers, those who assisted paupers or hindered them and what eventually bought them to a pauper’s grave.

    Sandra lives in Dunedin, New Zealand where she is an independent researcher. She has three adult children and three grandsons.

     

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  • Auckland
    Women's academic and professional lives; history of Catholic education
  • Wellington
    Wellington, sport, cultural history between the wars, early Maori-Pakeha interactions, and the history of archives keeping

    I am a freelance writer, researcher and archivist living in Wellington. For almost twenty-five years I was Manuscripts Curator at the Alexander Turnbull Library. Now I am enjoying being on the other side of the Library enquiry desk.

    I have written about Wellington history, sport before World War II, the history of diary keeping, royal visits, early Maori-Pakeha interactions, and more. My interests are wide!

     

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  • Wellington and Manawatu
    NZ human-animal relations; early twentieth-century life sciences (including topics such as biology and nature study education, health); photography/visual arts and image research
    I currently teach at Massey University (Palmerston North), and am open to requests for collaborative publications or contracted commissioned histories. I specialise in the social and cultural context of the applied life sciences and human-animal relations in early twentieth century New Zealand, but also have a background in art history, photography, and image research and a prior career in health as a community mental health occupational therapist. Formal qualifications (excluding certificates): PhD (History), VUW 2015; PG Diploma (Art History), Otago University, 2006; BA (Art History & English Literature), VUW, 2002; DipOT from CIT, Wellington, 1991. I also possess relevant oral history and photography training. I have a political interest in the state of NZ media and support free or cheap public access to previously publicly-funded media archives (as a researcher, citizen, and because my father used to work for TVNZ). Read full profile
  • Wellington
    NZ defence, industrial, institutional, heritage, Mt Cook

    I live in Wellington, where the archives are. This is my parentage: Geoff Cooke and Patricia Cooke (nee Lett). Of stout Worcestershire farming stock, Geoff Cooke’s people moved to Kenya in the 1920s. He served in WWII with the Northamptonshire Regt on the Rhine and Military Police in Dusseldorf. Back in Kenya Geoff organised the Embu Guard during the Mau Mau before becoming District Officer, Kikuyu. Patricia Lett was born to William Lett OBE (for his WWII role in Customs & Excise in Northern Ireland). After 6 years in theatre in London Patricia joined the British Army and, commissioned a lieutenant in the WRAC, served in GHQ Nairobi during the Mau Mau. She subsequently had a career in NZ education, theatre and Shakespeare. I was born in Cambridge, UK, 1958 and nurtured in Kenya, then after seven years, Tauranga, NZ. I read history at Massey University, completing a BA and BA Hons with a dissertation on ‘NZ Defence Policy 1919-41’. My current role is as a self-employed historian. Carol Comber and I have two children. For profiles see Phanzine, March 2002; With a Passion (Fitzsimons & Beckford, 2001); Shell Oceania, July 2002, Dec 2004 Contact 0274 512 312 Box 9724, Wellington 6141, NZ

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  • Wellington
    I specialise in architectural and social history, and work particularly on heritage buildings, conservation plans and management plans. I also specialise in heritage policy. I also carry out oral history projects. See my website www.bayheritage.co.nz for more information.

    Please see my website for more information: www.bayheritage.co.nz

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  • Wellington
    Maori history, transnational history, 19th century New Zealand history, local history, documentary film making
  • Wellington
    military
  • West Coast
    Buller and West Coast region, Sport, Mining
  • Northland
    welfare, culture, crime, public uses of history, reenactment

    Kia ora

    I've been a public historian since 1993. I worked in the government's historical section from 1993 until 2011.

     

    As a public historian, I've published on welfare, photographs, general NZ history, crime and gender, and also the development of public history in NZ. I was also involved in the development of the best history website in NZ, www.NZhistory.net.nz.

    I am currently working on how history is used in and by the public, and some very long-term work on sex and the city (focusing mainly on crime and stories about that).

     

    I have been a member of PHANZA since its founding (before, actually, being part of the pre-PHANZA organising group), was its founding President and done various other roles in the organisation.

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  • Wellington
    Air Force, social, gardening, women's
  • Auckland
    local, agriculture, arts
    I am now visually impaired. Work only on selected assignments Read full profile
  • Wellington
    labour, Treaty, cultural history
  • Wellington
    Oral History, Biography, Maori History, Public History
  • Otago
    Biography, Social History, Education, Dunedin, Otago, Southland

    I am a Dunedin-based journalist, writer and historian but tend to travel to where the work takes me. I have an M.A. in history from Otago University and a Diploma in Journalism from Canterbury University. I am the author of 25 books, most on New Zealand history, and have edited several non-fiction books. I also have an extensive background in journalism and my articles and photographs have been published in various books, magazines and newspapers. I am always looking for interesting new projects, large and small, on which to work.

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  • Wellington
    Kapiti Horowhenua Wellington

    I grew up in Balclutha, but gained MA (Hons) at University of Auckland. Until retirement I was a secondary school history teacher, and my first two books were social studies texts. During twelve years at Levin I became absorbed in the region's history, helped to found Horowhenua Historical Society and wrote a county history that won the James Sherrard Award for local history.

    Moving to Wellington I was a committee member of NOHANZ and served for some years on the regional committee of Historic Places Trust. 1986 was spent mainly at Stout Research Centre, VUW, supported by a Claude McCarthy Fellowship. This allowed me to work through the diary, map and photograph collections of Leslie Adkin as a basis for his biography (1997).

    From 1996 to 2010 I edited the Otaki Historical Society's annual journal has been an exploration of how local actions reflect national concerns, a theme that guided my history of Levin (2006).

    Main activity now is Chair of the Paekakariki Station Museum, with its stories of Maori, community growth, US Marines and railways.

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  • Auckland
    Auckland local history, 20th social history, medicine, public health
  • Wellington
    economics, statistics, public policy

    I am writing a history of New Zealand from an economic perspective. As the 2008 Stout Research Fellow, I am working on the 1769 to 1882 period.

    My webpage is www.eastonbh.ac.nz

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  • Southland
    Heritage Management, Conservation and Research
  • Canterbury
    New Zealand Art 1850 - 2017 (all aspects) and New Zealand history (cultural and social)
    Dr. Warren Feeney has written on the visual arts for more than 25 years and has an interest in all aspects of the arts and New Zealand’s social and cultural histories. He completed his PhD on the history of the Canterbury Society of Arts (1880 – 1996) at the University of Otago in 2009, publishing a history of the arts in Christchurch (1880 – 2005) through Canterbury University Press in 2010. He contributes regularly to the Press and www.eyecontactsite.com, and to arts publications such as World Sculpture News, Asian Art News, Art News and the Listener. Other publications include Marcus King. Painting New Zealand for the World, a biography of artist and graphic designer Marcus King (1891 – 1984) co-authored with Peter Alsop and published by Potton & Burton in 2015. Warren is a full-time free lance historian, writer and arts commentator and is currently researching and writing on the visual arts in Christchurch 1995 – 2017. Read full profile
  • Auckland
    History of medicine, public health, imperial science, agricultural science, food.
  • Auckland
    Auckland 19th and 20th century, archival research, property and land history, military service records
  • Wellington
    labour
  • Canterbury
    Heritage; Museums; Televisual Histories
  • Auckland
    Oral history, maritime, yacht racing, social history, local history, the Construction Industry
    Sandra Gorter (MA Hons English): freelance writer and historian, trained at the London School of Journalism and the University of Auckland. Sandra was elected Auckland representative to the PHANZA committee in 2014. Her work in maritime history and on a wide range of topics is distinctive for its personal accounts of the subject through the use of oral histories, and has been published in books, national and international periodicals, and newspapers. Her most recent project, a four-year study of New Zealand's civil construction industry focussing on the company HEB Construction, is due to be published in late 2016. Read full profile
  • Canterbury
    Charities and related taxation and legal issues.