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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WellingtonWorld War One, ANZAC Day, Gallipoli, Armistice Day, writing about war for children, AntarcticaI 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 childrenâ€™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 BayMaori, Te Tiriti O Waitangi
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.Read full profile