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Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho, New Zealand Oral History Awards

Tēnā koutou katoa. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Manatū Taonga have decided to delay the next round of Ngā Kōrero Taonga Tuku Iho Oral History Awards – Piki Ake! Kake Ake! from a deadline for applications of 30 April to 15 October this year. This will allow oral historians to comply with current Ministry of Health guidelines to reduce unnecessary face to face contacts.

Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho, New Zealand Oral History Awards application form (Word 55KB)

May 2020 - Recording oral histories at home Dr Emma Jean Kelly, Historian (Audio-Visual Content), Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage

During the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, oral historians have been discussing whether we can continue with our work. Around the world, people are starting to interview others about their experience using readily available free software such as Zoom meeting recording, Skype or simply audio recording software on their phones. At Columbia University the Oral History Center has already received National Science Foundation funding to record the experiences of those in a city hit very hard by the pandemic. The concern for archivists is that these won’t be archive quality recordings.

Historian (Audio-Visual Content) Dr Emma Jean Kelly has been talking to experts and experimenting with gear she has at home to try and create the best possible recordings via online recording platforms.

Jacqui Keelan, a multi-media artist, musician and oral historian based in the Waikato agreed to be interviewed using no cost Zoom meeting software. All Jacqui needed at her end was her laptop computer. Jacqui says ‘it’s such a friendly way to do this. It’s very easy'. View Jacqui’s interview with Emma on Vimeo.

Learn more with the Ministry's In the Bubble: Covid-19 Pandemic Oral History – communities sharing stories resource.

Jacqui Keelan Zoom demo from Te Tai on Vimeo.

Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho, New Zealand Oral History Awards 2020

Dr Emma Jean Kelly, Historian (Audio-Visual Content) for Manatū Taonga says ''Those who currently have oral history funding are welcome to contact me directly at [email protected] to talk about their projects, as extensions to current projects are available. Those wondering about future projects are likewise welcome to email me. We do not want to stop people working on their wonderful projects, but the health of all our communities is paramount at this time. Kia pai tō ora, may you be well'.

The Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho, New Zealand Oral History Awards provide financial help for the recording of interviews relating to the history of New Zealand/Aotearoa and its close connections with the Pacific. Projects submitted for consideration should contribute significantly to our understanding of New Zealand’s past and its people.

Currently the National Library of New Zealand and NOHANZ (National Oral Historians Association of NZ) do not recommend oral histories are recorded via online formats, as these are not considered archival quality recordings.

Read about the successful 2019 recipients - Oral history awards reveal New Zealand’s stories.

The Ministry does not hold the completed recordings, these are deposited in a publicly accessible archive with the agreement of the Ministry.

Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho, New Zealand Oral History Awards for 2019

A total of $100,198 has been granted to the following groups and individuals:

  • Pia Maria Kahn, New Zealand’s ‘happiest migrants’: An introductory oral history of Filipino migrants in New Zealand ($5,068)
  • Jacqueline Roberta Keelan-Peebles, Whakapourangi Road    ($5,000)
  • Keystrokes per minute project team with Dr Judith Aitken, Keystrokes Per Minute: a history of women in the public service typing pool from 1945 to the  present day ($3,000)
  • Noelle McCarthy, Sex Lives: New Zealand women talk about sex across the generations   ($20,690)
  • Hannah Benbow and Chantalle Smith, Wellington Dungeons and Dragons  ($6,400)
  • Voice + Ink - Helen Frizzell, Megan Hutching and Pip Oldham, In My Room (15,000)
  • Grace Bateman and Paul Garbett, Ice Skating in New Zealand, Part 1: 1930s - 1970s  ( $7,500)
  • Susan Maree Lennox, Lower Hutt Women’s Centre: Flourishing for thirty years  ($500)
  • ZEALANDIA (Karori Wildlife Trust), The First Fence: Voices of Karori Wildlife Sanctuary ($11,540)
  • Sue Bradford and Karen Davis, Kotare Research & Education for Social Change in Aotearoa Trust, Kotare speaks: 25 years of education for social change in Aotearoa   ($10,000)
  • Caren Wilton, Trans lives in Aotearoa New Zealand   ($10,500)
  • Whakarua Trust Board, Uepohatu: The History of Whakarua Park ($5000).


Updated on 6th May 2020