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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WellingtonMaori 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.Read full profile
AucklandWomen's academic and professional lives; history of Catholic education
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 Cookeâ€™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 â€˜NZ Defence Policy 1919-41â€™. 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, NZRead full profile