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Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho, New Zealand Oral History Awards

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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.

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

Applications close on 15 October every year.

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.

In March 2021, we published Kei Roto i te Miru: Inside the Bubble, a podcast series capturing New Zealander’s experiences during the 2020 lockdown.

Jacqui Keelan Zoom demo from Te Tai on Vimeo.


Updated on 22nd April 2021