In Aotearoa New Zealand, the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her team made the decision for the country to go into Level 4 lockdown on 25 March 2020. At that point all citizens were asked to stay home unless working in essential services.
Since then Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH) staff have been working with Ngā Pātaka Kōrero Auckland Libraries Principal Oral Historian, Sue Berman to develop resources for people at home to collect oral histories using the technologies they had to hand.
In Aotearoa, communications from government have framed this time of isolation as being ‘in the bubble’, a phrase none of us had heard before March, but which now seems ubiquitous. It is the reason why our oral history project is called ‘Kei roto i te miru: In the Bubble’. See Dr Emma Kelly's Facebook note about this project.
Dr Emma Jean Kelly, project manager for Kei roto i te miru - Inside the Bubble, being interviewed via Zoom by Jacqui Keelan (Ngati Porou, living in Waikato) about the project and her experience of lockdown.
‘Jack’s Story’ is the first in a series of podcasts based on these oral histories and was published on 24 August 2020. This was a special release for Pride 2020. The ten episode podcast series ‘Kei Roto i te Miru: Inside the Bubble’ will be launched on 25th March 2021.
‘Jack’s Story', was produced after Will Hansen interviewed friends, flatmates and neighbours for this ‘Queerintine’ (Queers in Quarantine) collection of four interviews. These can be listened to in full through Ngā Pātaka Kōrero Auckland Libraries: Kei roto i te Muri, Inside the Bubble: A Covid-19 Oral History Project, recorded with Will Hansen April 2020, Auckland Libraries Heritage Collection, OH_1431.
Resources referred to in this podcast:
- We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan 1961-1991 Nightboat Books, 2019
- Non-Binary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity and its edited by Micah Rajunov and Scott Duane Columbia University Press, 2019
- Counting Ourselves: First comprehensive national NZ survey on transgender health and wellbeing October 2019
- Prism Human Rights Commission Report June 2020
For support or information please refer to: InsideOut; Rainbow Youth; Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand, Te Pūranga Takatāpui o Aotearoa
Updated on 26th August 2020