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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
    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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  • Wellington
    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.