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New Zealand Oral History Awards

The New Zealand Oral History Awards (NZOH) 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.

The closing date for the annual applications will always be at the end of the first week in May.

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

The Ministry does not hold the completed recordings, the original recordings are deposited with the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.


Caren Wilton, historian, writer and editor interviews Wayne Guppy, Upper Hutt mayor, for the Upper Hutt in the 1960s oral history project.

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 7th October 2019