This issue provides an overview of New Zealand’s cultural sector. Michael Kelly checks its pulse after the Labour government’s first 100 days, including outcomes and possible futures for the National Library, New Zealand Historic Places Trust, National Archives and Te Papa. Hilary Stace reports on the dismantling of the Department of Internal Affairs’ Heritage Group and staff cuts at the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography as volume 5 nears completion.
PHANZA put together a panel of experienced ‘feral’ historians, including Margot Fry, Michael Kelly, Gavin McLean, Tony Nightingale and David Young. Fry outlines their presentation and the discussion about the intricacies of being a freelance historian.
Public historian Jannelle Warren-Findley, from the United States of America, is visiting New Zealand again and talks to David Young about converging and diverging experience. We also catch up with what our members are doing and John Cookson outlines the University of Canterbury’s project commemorating 150 years of European settlement.
Lastly, Gavin McLean provides an update on PHANZA’s first conference, ‘Public History: Meaning, Ownership, Practice’, to be held at Wellington’s Town Hall on 2-3 September 2000.
Read this issue: Phanzine April 2000