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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Wellingtonediting, politics, race relations, sport
I've been a historical researcher, writer, editor and indexer, mostly in the Historical Branch / History Group of the Department of Internal Affairs / Ministry for Culture and Heritage, since 1983. I currently work mainly on the Te Ara and NZhistory websites.Read full profile
Bay of PlentyPolitics, History of Science, Biography, Natural History
I am an historian working for The Elms Foundation in Tauranga. I have previously worked for Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Waitangi Tribunal.
In my spare time I am researching and writing a biography of Leonard Cockayne (1855-1934), widely known as New Zealand's greatest botanist and first plant ecologist.
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East CoastGisborne and the East Coast
I was born in Auckland but, after 33 years living around the wider Eastland district, call Gisborne my home. I drew on over 12 years in journalism and a degree in English to establish GEMS Communications in early 1997. I was a reporter for The Opotiki News for two years before becoming sub-editor and senior journalist at The Gisborne Herald for 10. I have specialised in meeting the communications needs of a variety of clients ranging from Gisborne District Council and Te Runanga o Ngati Porou to the Ministry of Fisheries and the Seafood Industry Council.
My business includes providing proofing and editing services, report writing workshops, communications strategies, company profiles, consultation documents, annual reports, newsletters, reports and policy documents, media releases, brochures, websites and magazine articles. Writing local history is an add-on to this.
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ManawatuCultural and Social History, Media HistoryAs a freelance Historian, Archivist and Editor, I have extensive experience and expertise in my chosen fields. With over 120 publications, including book length studies, commissioned reports, peer-reviewed journal articles and reference work entries, my understanding of the Historian’s craft feeds into and enhances my work as both Archivist and Editor. I spare no effort in meeting the needs of my clients in a timely and professional manner. A full publications list available on request. Read full profile
Horowhenuamuseums, women's and domestic history
AucklandMental heath history, gender, social history of clothing, museums.My qualifications are:
BA English and History (Waikato)BA Hons History (Waikato)
Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies (Victoria University of Wellington)
I am working at Auckland War Memorial Museum as Project Curator History, focusing on the upcoming gallery renewal there. I have previously worked at Canterbury Museum as Curator of Human History. I used to work as a researcher at Te Ara - Encyclopedia of New Zealand www.teara.govt.nzRead full profile
ManawatuImperial Roman, WWI, WWII, the New Zealand Wars, Classical Greece
WellingtonNineteenth Century History. Native Land Court & Crown Land Purchasing. Labour History. Political History
WellingtonArchitecture (in particular domestic); urban/suburban studies; cultural heritage documentation, listing, and designation.
I relocated to Wellington early in 2016 after having lived in Washington, DC, USA, for 16 years. Â While in Washington, I worked 4 years on contract and 11 years as a staff historian for the Historic American Buildings Survey - a national collection of architectural heritage held at the Library of Congress, and theÂ National Historic Landmarks (NHL) Program - the highest level of cultural resource designation in the USA. Â Both programmes are divisions of the USÂ National Park Service.
While in the US, I was an active member of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (metro Washington, DC). Â Work for these organizations ranged from committees to officer positions and included the planning and running of major meetings and events.Â I am a current member of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand.
I hold a doctorate in American Studies from George Washington University, having concentrated on architecture, urbanism, and heritage conservation/preservation, a master's degree in architectural history from the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, and a dual bachelorâ€™s degree in history and the history of art & architecture from the University of Pittsburgh.
My academic work, projects for the National Park Service, and independent publications have included research and writing endeavours covering a full range of historical topics and epochs, and my approach to history aims to link the built environment -- architecture and landscape -- with the social and cultural history most affecting its creation and change over time.
I look forward to engaging with the history and built environment of New Zealand and to maintain an active professional life.
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WellingtonSocial history and built heritageI completed my undergraduate degree at Victoria University and my Masters in History at Auckland. My thesis examined home gardening in New Zealand between 1945 and 1970. After a period in the magazine and online marketing industries, I returned to study and gained a post-graduate diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies. Since then, I’ve been working as a contract research historian. Projects have included a range of organisations and topics, but have generally focused on New Zealand’s social and built heritage. I am a member of the PHANZA committee. Read full profile
WellingtonMÄori history, Biography, Nineteenth century New Zealand history, Treaty of Waitangi
WellingtonHeritage, institutional history
I am an historian who has worked mainly in historic heritage since I graduated from university in 1983. I worked for the Historic Places Trust and Department of Conservation in the 1980s and early 1990s, between which I completed a Diploma of Journalism. I have had my own consultancy since 1997, working for clients such as HPT and DOC, the Wellington and Hutt City Councils, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, New Zealand Defence Force and many others.
I have written histories, heritage studies, conservation plans, heritage trails, heritage inventories, and many other documents. I have written a biography, of World War II PoW and lawyerJohn Wilson, and two books on the Royal Wellington Golf Club.
I prefer to work in collaboration with other heritage specialists, as I see that as the way to get the best outcome for clients and for heritage. I was the editor of Phanzine from 2000 to 2007. I also teach heritage conservation at the School of Museum and Heritage Studies at Victoria University.
I am married and live in Mt Cook with my wife Helen McCracken and my children Caitlin and Conal. In my (regrettably small) leisure time I like to play golf, taste beer and wine, watch sport, listen to music and ignore the garden.
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Wellingtonmaterial culture, museum, clothing, fashion, welfare, history of designI am a long-standing PHANZA member (since 1994!) and am on the Executive Committee. My interest in public history stems from when I was a history curator at Te Papa from 1996-2000. When I subsequently worked at the University of Waikato I had extensive involvement with the Waikato Museum, especially its social history programming and as a member of the Friends Committee. Currently I am the Co-ordinator of Research in The School of Design, College of Creative Arts Massey University, Wellington. I have strong links to Te Papa, where I am an honorary research associate and the Auckland Museum as part of a research advisory panel. I am a keen movie buff and love good wine, historical photography, all kinds of clothing and mid-twentieth century design. Read full profile
NelsonMaori, Pacific Is, health, religion, local/institutional
AucklandNew Zealanders at War, Mercantile Marine in WWI, National Honours and Medallic Recognition, Business and Information Technology.Phil Lascelles specialises in the history of New Zealanders at War. He graduated in 2015 with an MA in History with first class honours from Massey University and has earlier degrees in Computer Science and in Management. His MA thesis studied New Zealanders employed in the Mercantile Marine during WWI. He has undertaken a number of major history research projects including documenting the Auckland War Memorial Museum medal collection displayed in its new Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre, and compiling the roll of New Zealanders who survived WWI for artist Fiona Jack's Survivors’ Roll of Honour 2014 series of 20 prints commissioned by the Australian War Memorial Anzac Centenary Print Portfolio. He was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit in 2002 by the international Orders and Medals Research Society for his contribution to medal research. Read full profile
AucklandNZ fashion and textile history; cultural history of NZ wool
* Freelance fashion and textile historian, writer and curator * 25 years professional curatorial experience working in three leading museums (Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 1984-1988; Auckland Museum 1988-2001; Te Papa 2001-2009) * Currently pursuing postgraduate study (History Dept, Auckland University)Read full profile
WellingtonNew Zealand social history, migration, 19th and early 20th century Scottish history, quantitative methods, demographic patterns
I am currently a post-doctoral fellow in the History Department at Victoria University working on Charlotte Macdonald's Marsden Funded 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Settler' project. I am still available for guest lectures, public presentations, book reviews, article peer-review, etc.
For more information see: www.rebeccalenihan.com
Victoria University of Wellington, 2002-2010
PhD (History/New Zealand Studies), 2006-2010: â€˜From Alba to Aotearoa: Profiling New Zealandâ€™s Scots Migrants, 1840-1920â€™
Bachelor of Arts, History Honours, 2005 (First Class Honours)
Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in History and English Literature, 2002-2004
March 2015 - Present
Post-Doctoral Fellow, History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington
Research Assistant to Professor Melanie Nolan, Australian National Centre for Biography, Canberra
October 2014 - May 2015
Contracted to write entries for Oxford References Online Quick References, Oxford University Press
April 2014-October 2014
Web Advisor, Ministery of Business Innovation and Employment
March 2014 - February 2015
Research Assistant to Dr Steve Behrendt, History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington
February 2014 - December 2014
Research Assistant to Professor Charlotte Macdonald, History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington
March 2014 - August 2014
Research Assistant to Dr Sydney Shep, Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria University of Wellington
September 2011 â€“ August 2013: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Historical Data Unit, History Programme, University of Guelph
January 2012 â€“ August 2013: Sessional Teaching Instructor, History Programme, University of Guelph
August 2011 â€“ October 2011: Research Assistant to Professor Kris Inwood, Economics Programme, University of Guelph
March 2010 â€“ August 2011: Research Assistant to Dr Steve Behrendt, History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington
February 2007 â€“ June 2007: Teaching Fellow, History Programme, Victoria University of WellingtonRead full profile
Canterburyregional (Otago, Canterbury), women's, social, Scottish, African, Pacific & art history.