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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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  • Wellington
    autism, disability, education, health
  • Canterbury
    New Zealand & British military history, New Zealand social history
  • Canterbury
    Social history, Victorian clothing
  • Wellington
    biography, social history, editing of NZ history

    My qualifications are an MA in English (Waikato) and a Masters in Public History (Victoria).

    I was Assistant Editor, Editing and Research for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography project during the production of the original print volumes from 1990 to 2000, and Managing Editor for Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand from 2002 to 2014. From November 2014 to October 2015 I was Senior Editor for Te Ara. I currently work as the Editor at Bridget Williams Books, where I have edited books including The Great War for New Zealand and Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds.

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  • Manawatu
    health, welfare, disabilities, women's history

    PHANZA Committee member 2012.

    Currently working on a history of the NZ Red Cross.

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  • Auckland
    Design history


    2004-2005 Visiting curator, Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, Sydney

    2002-2004  Senior research officer, New Zealand Design Archive, Auckland

    1995-2002  Freelance writer and translator

    1992-1995  Practice manager (London), Arkitektfirmæt C F Møllers Tegnestue, Århus

    1991  Researcher, Port Jackson painter project, Natural History Museum, London

    1988-1991  Curator of international decorative arts and design, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (acting senior curator, international decorative arts and design, 1989-1990)

    1983-1988  Curatorial assistant (ceramics), Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney (acting curator of ceramics, glass and metalwork, 1985-1988)

    1980-1983  Cataloguer, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney


    2005 – 2008  Doctor of Philosophy, University of Brighton, School of Historical and Critical Studies (2008). Thesis title: ‘Governmentality and design: inventing the industrial design councils in Great Britain and New Zealand’

    2002 – 2003  Master of Arts in art and design (first class honours), Auckland University of Technology (2004). Thesis title: ‘Confronting design; case studies in the design of ceramics in New Zealand’

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  • Manawatu
  • Wellington
    Print culture, nature, Treaty
  • Wellington
    My current focus is women's suffrage and activism, Treaty settlement stories, the history of New Zealand childhood, community histories and exploring history through audio-visual content and material culture
    I currently work as a Historian at Manatu Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage specialising in audio-visual research and content development. Prior to my current position I was a History Curator at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa between 2003 - 2017 and curated a broad range of exhibitions including Air New Zealand 75 years. Our National. The World. Connected, Aztecs: Conquest and Glory, and Qui tutto bene: The Italians in New Zealand. I have a MA in Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Massey University. I'm originally from Whanganui but have lived in Wellington since 2001. Read full profile
  • Auckland
    Nineteenth century illustration in New Zealand; modernist architecture, design history, craft history.
    Currently researching the life and art of Anne McCahon for an exhibition at Te Uru: Waitakere Contemporary Art Gallery in Titirangi. Read full profile
  • Wellington
  • Wellington
    Social and cultural history, oral history, religion, gender and sexuality
  • Auckland
    Auckland local history and organised labour

    I am a committee member of the North Shore, Devonport and Birkenhead historical societies, along with the committee of the Friends of Symonds Street Cemetery. I also belong to the New Zealand Historical Association and the Labour History Project.

    I am a retired librarian, having worked for Hamilton Library 1975-6 and for what is now Auckland Libraries 1976-2016.

    I have been joint editor of 'New Zealand Legacy' magazine from 2007 and have a monthly column in 'Channel', a North Shore based magazine.

    In 2010 Random House published my 'The North Shore; an illustrated history', for which I received a 'Highly Commended' in the 2015 J. M. Sherrard Awards.

    I am currently researching the Alison family of Devonport/Takapuna.

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  • Marlborough
    Wellington and Marlborough 19th century art history,New Zealand impressionism

    I am an independent art historian and curator and director of Art & Heritage Services, based in Blenheim, Marlborough.

    I work with private collectors, corporations, public museums, and artists to interpret, care for, and promote their collections.


    MA in art history (distinction), Victoria University

    <:p>Dip Arts in art history and history, Victoria University

    <:p>BA in art history, University of Canterbury

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  • Wellington
    Heritage, museum collecting, decorative arts
  • East Coast
    museums, material culture, curating, First World War, 1931 Hawke's Bay Earthquake

    Director at Tairawhiti Museum

    Find me on Twitter @tairawhiti_muse and Linkedin


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  • Auckland
    Oral history; social history; histories of sexuality; histories of health and medicine; New Zealand history; Australian history
  • Wellington
  • Wellington
    Labour history, oral history, social history, environmental history, Maori history, protest and social movement history

    Member of New Zealand Historical Association (NZHA)

    Committee member of the Labour History Project (LHP)

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  • Auckland
    Victorian and Edwardian periods, New Zealand, women's history, transnational relations among women of the British World, migration history
    Member New Zealand Historical Association Member Women's History Network Read full profile
  • Auckland
    NZ social history, untold stories, military history

    I am currently finding and publishing interesting New Zealand books on the multimedia iBooks platforms. I have several other projects under way, including the biograhpy of a Dutch resistance figure (WWII) and I'm keen to publish other history and related books on the iBooks platform with my business partner and researcher/designer Paul Luker.

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  • Wellington
    World War One, ANZAC Day, Gallipoli, Armistice Day, writing about war for children, Antarctica
    I grew up in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and New Plymouth, and studied English and ancient Greek at the University of Auckland, graduating with an MA in Middle English. Later I worked at the Parliamentary Library, and as a law librarian in Wellington and London. I now live in Wellington. I write fiction, non-fiction and plays, primarily for children and young adults, and maintain several blogs, including one on children’s war books. I visit schools around the country with the Book Council Writers in Schools scheme, and enjoy the challenge of presenting history and science to a young audience. I have been shortlisted for the Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (three times) and the Text Publishing Prize, and won the 2010 NZSA Mid-Career Writers Award. In 2014, I travelled with the Gallipoli Volunteers (a branch of Conservation Australia) to help with volunteer services at Gallipoli for Anzac Day. In 2016, I was awarded the Anzac Bridge Fellowship and developed a community project to link up the two WW1 bridges at Kaiparoro, northern Wairarapa, and Brooweena, Queensland. Also in 2016, I won a place on the Antarctica NZ community engagement programme (formerly Artists and Writers to Antarctica) and spent a week down at Scott Base. Read full profile
  • Hawkes Bay
    Maori, Te Tiriti O Waitangi
  • Waikato
    36 years in heritage sector - including museum curator (anthropology, history), museum manager (Porirua Museum), museum consultant (Niue, Taupo, Elms, Raglan, Firth Tower), historic structures (HPT, councils), historic overviews for councils (Waikato, Pukekohe, Whakatane, Rotorua, Opotiki), cemetery research (weekly article in Waikato Times, history of Hamilton cemeteries). Historic survey map research for historic buildings, archaeology, genealogy. Proofreading and editing. Read full profile
  • Canterbury
  • Canterbury
    agriculture, soil science, grasslands
  • Wellington
  • Auckland
    Military History, NZ military&naval history, Colonial Warfare, Naval history 1815-present, Royal Navy in New Zealand 1769- First World War, Western Front, Battle History,Imperial history, NZ Wars 1845-1872

    I am the Researcher at the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy in Auckland. I am located at the naval base HMNZ Philomel and have the responmsibility of conducting historical research for the museum for both internal and external requestors. I also maintain and develop New Zealand's largest Research Library of military and naval history and a set of research folders.

    I am currently working on a PhD with Professor Glyn Harper and Dr Adam Claasen on the Learning experience of the New Zealand Division on the Western Front 1916-1918.

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  • Nelson
    Writer, researcher and editor in the field of history and environment, landscape and culture, conservation and resource management, most particularly in relation to freshwater in New Zealand and the Pacific.