Historian needed for proposed historic trail

Posted on March 9 2020

North West Country (formerly the North West District Business Association) is preparing an historic trail that will eventually run from Kaukapakapa to Riverhead, north of Auckland. The organisation is looking for an historian to collate and format oral history and photographs for the trail. The intention is to upload the material gathered to the My Tours app and to also provide


‘Wellington 180th’ Seminar Series, Stout Centre

Posted on February 25 2020

The Stout Centre is hosting a series of seminars in the Stout Research Centre Seminar Room, 12 Waiteata Road, to mark 180 years of Pakeha settlement of Wellington. There are three seminars scheduled on consecutive Wednesdays from 25 March to 8 April. 25 March, 4.10-5.30pm: Morrie Love – ‘Getting the traditional history right – Is there a parallel between Shelly


Lilburn Research Fellowship, 2021

Posted on February 18 2020

The Lilburn Trust, in association with the Alexander Turnbull Library, is seeking applications for the Lilburn Research Fellowship, 2012. The aim of the Lilburn Research Fellowship is to encourage scholarly research leading to publication on some aspect of New Zealand and music, using the resources of the Archive of New Zealand Music and the wider published and unpublished collections of


The end of cheques at Kiwibank

Posted on February 12 2020

Members will be aware that PHANZA banks with Kiwibank. From the end of this month (February 2020) Kiwibank will no longer take cheques, so if you are paying for your subscription or any other PHANZA-related activity, it will need to be done via internet banking henceforth. We hope that does not unduly inconvenience those members who still write cheques. Feel


2020-2021 Collaborative Newspaper Programme, National Library

Posted on January 29 2020

Applications are being sought for the 2020-2021 Collaborative Newspaper Programme, which is run every year by the National Library. Community groups are asked to collaborate with the National Library to add more newspapers to Papers Past. If you have a newspaper title that you would like to see digitised and added to Papers Past, download the application guide and form


Contestable Member Fund

Posted on January 13 2020

PHANZA members are encouraged to apply for funding for their next history-related travel from our new contestable fund. Approved at last year’s AGM, this fund distributes $2,000 annually to members seeking assistance with the costs of travel to research or attend history-related events, such as conferences or workshops. For more information on the fund and how to apply, visit the


New Zealand Oral History Conference – call for papers

Posted on December 6 2019

The Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ) Te Kete Kōrero-a-Waha o Te Motu are hosting the New Zealand Oral History Conference at Victoria University from 3 to 5 July 2020. The theme is ‘Ko wai mātou? Who are we?’ and will explore the consequences of colonisation 250 years on


Special offer to PHANZA members

Posted on December 2 2019

Earlier this year we sadly lost Gavin McLean. In addition to his staggering historical output (sole or co-authoring 53 books, and editing a further 10), and his unfailing support and advocacy of public history, Gavin was a true bibliophile. His home library contains more than 15,000 volumes on just shy of 200 linear metres of shelving! A number of sub-collections


New additions to DNZB

Posted on November 17 2019

Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau Dictionary of New Zealand Biography is pleased to announce the publication of 13 new entries. The new entrants are Tom Ah Chee, Barbara Angus, Marie Bell, Robert Chapman, Witarina Harris, Ramai Hayward, Ralph Hotere, Bruce McLaren, Peter Mahon, June Opie, Keith Sinclair, Selwyn Toogood and Robin Williams. For more information on these additions to the DNZB


A message about paying subscriptions

Posted on November 15 2019

Unfortunately, the compliance requirements of volunteer organisations have risen sharply in recent years and PHANZA is no exception. Where possible we are trying to reduce the demands on our volunteer officers and committee members. We are therefore asking members who belong to institutions to pay their subscriptions in the first instance, and then recover that cost from their institution. Subscription


New Zealand Military History Conference, February 2020

Posted on November 4 2019

The New Zealand Military Historical Committee brings ‘Heavy & Continuous Sacrifice – New Zealand and the Second World War’, 13-15 February 2020. Some 34 speakers, including international guests, will cover all aspects of New Zealand’s second great war. The conference brochure is available here. For accommodation options near Mt Cook, view this. Registrants, please contact: Peter Cooke, SecretaryNZ Military Historical


New Zealand Symposium of Gastronomy, 2020

Posted on November 4 2019

The 2020 New Zealand Symposium of Gastronomy will be held in the Hamilton Gardens from 31 January to 2 February. The theme is ‘Gardens and Gastronomy’. The organisors are seeking papers, presentation and sign-ups. As part of the conference, Emeritus Prof. Helen Leach, ONZM, FRSNZ will offer a public lecture entitled ‘Re-creating (or Re-catering?) Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party”’, to


Heritage advisor vacancies, Department of Conservation

Posted on October 29 2019

DOC has vacancies for two Senior Heritage Advisors for the Heritage and Visitors Unit, Policy and Visitors Group. One of these positions will be in DOC’s Southern South Island region, with the option to be based in either Dunedin or Invercargill. The other will be based in Christchurch to work across DOC’s Eastern South Island & Western South Island regions.


PHANZA Christmas functions

Posted on October 25 2019

There are events for Wellington and Auckland members this coming festive season. Wellington Our function this year will be held on Wednesday 11 December at the Education Centre, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Kick-off is at 5.30pm and the usual refreshments will be provided. On the back of the Government’s announcement on the compulsory teaching of history in schools, we


Lilburn Lecture 2019

Posted on October 24 2019

The esteemed New Zealand composer Dame Gillian Whitehead, DMus, DNZM, MNZM (Ngāi te Rangi) is this year’s Lilburn Lecture speaker. Dame Gillian will talk on the origin of ngā taonga puoro, their revival, and how she has used these traditional Māori musical instruments in her work. The lecture will include a performance by NZSO principal flautist, Bridget Douglas and taonga


Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference 19–25 November 2020 Dunedin

Posted on October 16 2019

‘Engineering in a 2020 World – The Future of the Past’, to be held next year in Dunedin, will look at how heritage engineering and technology has endured, developed and undergone restoration and repurposing to claim its place in the future. Abstracts, formal conference papers and proposals for presentations will be accepted until 6 March 2020. Full details can be