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Terms and conditions of application for Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho New Zealand Oral History Awards

These awards are available for community-led projects reflecting diverse identities and perspectives. Administered by Te Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the awards provide financial help for  oral history projects relating to the history of Aotearoa New Zealand and Aotearoa New Zealand’s close relationships with the Pacific.

Funding for these awards came from the Australian Sesquicentennial Gift Trust for Awards in Oral History in 1990 to honour 150 years since the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Each year approximately $100,000 is divided between the successful applicants (usually a maximum of 12 awards are given). A successful applicant generally receives between $5000 and $10,000 towards the costs of their project. All previous recipients are listed on our website.

Applications are assessed by a committee comprising people from around the country who have a range of experience with oral history and oral traditions.

Awards are given as a contribution towards the cost of recording interviews for oral history projects. They may be used to pay training, travel and other expenses, such as having relevant photographs copied. The purchase of good quality audio and/or video recording equipment may also be supported if the application includes a quote from a retailer.

Terms and Conditions

  • Awards may be made to individuals or groups with a community-led project. Preference will be given to people with proven experience of successfully completing oral history projects or who have completed training in oral history or have experience in oral traditions. 
  • Manatū Taonga welcomes applications for oral history projects conducted in any language. Recordings of waiata, haka and karakia are eligible for support from this fund. We request that you provide an abstract or time-coded summary in English to be deposited with the recording.
  • Video recording is eligible for funding as a component of an oral history project, but neither video nor film projects, in themselves, are eligible for these awards.
  • Successful applicants are eligible to apply for the cost of a National Oral History Association of NZ subscription for one year. Membership of NOHANZ is encouraged as a useful way to engage with other oral historians across the country.

Is this the right fund for you?

  • Assistance is not available for projects that are eligible for funding from tertiary institutions or for university theses.
  • Assistance is not generally available for funded institutions such as museums, unless they are largely volunteer run and minimally funded from regional or national sources.
  • Staff of Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage are ineligible to apply.
  • If you have already received a grant from this fund, you will not be eligible to apply for further funding until you have completed the previous project within the terms agreed.

Conditions for successful applicants

  • You are expected to complete the project within 12 months of receiving the Award. Please consider this condition carefully before applying for an Award.
  • The original recordings must be deposited in the Oral History and Sound Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library or in another publicly accessible repository with the agreement of the Ministry.
  • For each interview you must provide an oral history recording agreement form signed by the person interviewed. This can specify interviewee preferences regarding access to their interview, including kaitiakitanga arrangements in perpetuity.
  • A detailed time-coded content summary or abstract for each interview must accompany recordings for deposit.
  • You will be required to provide regular progress reports until the project is completed.

Payment of Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho, New Zealand Oral History Awards Awards

Awards are paid in two parts:

  • Half the amount granted is paid at the time of the announcement of the successful applicants. The second half of the Award is paid on completion and delivery of the project – including all required documentation – within 12 months of the announcement of the successful applicants.
  • If the project is not completed within 12 months, and prior approval has not been granted for an extension, the remainder of the grant will be forfeited.
  • If after 12 months the project has been partially completed, a portion of the second payment may be made.

Making an application:

  • We recommend no more than 10 interviews be undertaken by applicants.
  • The purchase of computers and stationery will not be funded.
  • The Awards are not intended to cover full-time salaries for the period of the project. However, a standard fee per interview will be considered at a rate dependent on the experience of the oral historian/s.
  • Successful applicants are required to record their interviews using digital recording equipment only.
  • We fund only the recording and abstracting of oral history interviews, not any further work required to develop subsequent exhibitions or publications. For example, if your application for an Award to record 10 interviews, transcribe them and publish a book using the material is successful, you will receive funding only for the recording of the interviews. The History Writing Awards may be your next step towards publication or exhibition.
  • No work is funded retrospectively.
  • The deadline for 2020 applications is 15 October 2020.

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


Updated on 25th May 2020