Stout-NOHANZ Conference

Stout-NOHANZ Conference

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20-22 Nov 2020 from 8.00 am - 5.00 pm 20 Nov 2020 8:00 am 22 Nov 2020 5:00 pm

New Zealand Oral History Conference  

Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the 
National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ)
Te Kete Kōrero-a-Waha o Te Motu

Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington 
20-22 November 2020

Ko wai mātou?        Who are we?

A common thread runs through the contemporary work of many philosophers, economists, geneticists, historians and novelists world-wide. Who are we? What unites us? What separates us?  As we in Aotearoa New Zealand grapple with the consequences of colonisation nearly 200 years on, questions of personal and collective identity resonate on multiple levels. Do we share any form of collective identity?  We have invited papers that explore “who are we?” in different and interesting ways.

  • There are multiple social and cultural dimensions to identity – iwi/hapu, family, ethnicity, occupation, class, sexuality, generation, and gender among them.
  • How do we navigate the personal and collective multiplicity of identities that are part and parcel of everyday life?
  • In what ways are these identities perceived to overlap?
  • How do we negotiate conflicting identities?
  • Past or present – which matters more when considering who we are?
  • Are our life narratives our self-identities?

Through the medium of interviews and life narratives oral historians are able to record a rich diversity of perspectives and make a contribution to understanding the question “Ko wai mātou?” or “Who are we?”.

Keynote speakers will include:

Tā Kim Workman, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne o Wairarapa, and Julia Whaipooti, Ngāti Porou, in conversation.
Professor Na Li, Department of History, Zhejiang University, China (by Zoom).
Dr Melissa Matutina Williams, independent historian of Te Rarawa and Ngāti Maru descent.

The call for papers has now closed.  Presenters will be notified in early September regarding acceptance. Please note: your abstract will be used for the conference programme. All presenters must register for the conference.


To apply for a Conference Fees Scholarship please complete the Scholarship Application.


NOHANZ has funding support available. Please email

Jack Ilott Oral History Education Operating Fund  
Provides grants of up to $500 for oral history training purposes, including attending or presenting at Conference:

Conference Timeline

Friday 20 November

  • Workshops, seminar, and/or guided walk (tbc)
  • Opening Lecture 5.00pm at Laby Lecture Theatre 118, Kelburn Campus, Te Herenga Waka.
  • The opening lecture is open to conference delegates only.

Saturday 21 November

  • Registration opens at 8.30am outside AM101 (foyer) Kelburn Campus
  • Full day of presentations
  • Followed by NOHANZ Annual General Meeting

Sunday 22 November

  • Full day of presentations


The online registration link will be available on this website from 1 October 2020.  Early Bird rate closes on Friday 30 October.

NOHANZ/Stout Members:
Early Bird                                            $190
Full Rate                                             $230
Unwaged Early Bird                            $140
Unwaged Full                                      $170

Non Members:
Early Bird                                            $230
Full Rate                                             $250
Unwaged Early Bird                            $170
Unwaged Full                                      $200

Single Day Registration                       $120


Workshops will be held on Friday 20 November and managed by NOHANZ. Venue and topics to be confirmed.
Information will be available shortly on the workshops which will be held at St Andrews Church, The Terrace, Wellington.

Workshop 1   (information coming)                    
Workshop 2                       
Workshop 3

You will need to register with NOHANZ to attend a workshop.  
Please contact:

Please note that you must be registered for the Conference to attend a workshop on Friday 20 November.


If you wish to become a Member of NOHANZ, please go to:

If you wish to become a Friend of the Stout please go to:


Accommodation is available at Te Puni Village, 80 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn.  A single room, with a shared bathroom, is $66.47 per night.  Continental breakfast can also be ordered for an additional $10.00.  Accommodation at Te Puni should be booked and paid for directly at:

Please use the conference code STOUT2020.  Delegates travelling for this conference will receive a 10% saving when adding the promotional booking code via the website.  Te Puni is a few minutes walk to the Alan MacDiarmid conference rooms, including the Laby lecture theatre.

Car Parking

Free car parking is available on Saturday and Sunday in the staff car park, Gate 7, at the bottom of the ring road.  There is limited car parking on Friday (pay and display) on the street, or at the top of the Cable Car, Upland Road, Kelburn (Wilsons parking, expensive).

Disability access is available at the back of the Laby/Cotton Building.  If you drive in Gate 7 and follow the road up to the top staff car parking area (harbour side), there are parks available and a ramp access into the building, and to through to the main corridor.  The conference venue rooms are all on one level.  Alternatively, there is access from the front of the Alan MacDiarmid building by Wishbone Café, with only a couple of steps.

Please email Debbie: if you have any special requirements regarding health, safety, or diet. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free will be catered for automatically.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact:

Anna Green: or Ann Packer:

We must add the caveat that should community transmission of the Covid_19 virus re-emerge we may have to cancel the conference at relatively short notice. We strongly recommend that you book refundable or transferable flights.