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Oral history guide

  • Oral history guide

    Oral history is a method of gathering information. It is the sound or video recording of an interview with someone who speaks from personal experience about a subject of historical interest.

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  • Page 2 – Preparation

    To record oral history you will need to use the best quality equipment you can buy, borrow or hire. Poor sound recordings will be of little use to researchers in the future.

  • Page 3 – Preliminary meeting

    Never go to record an oral history interview without a preliminary meeting with your interviewee. It is essential that you have told your interviewee enough to enable them

  • Page 4 – The interview

    Advice and suggestions for planning and carrying out the oral history interview

  • Page 5 – Processing the interview

    Advice on what to do with an interview after recording it

  • Page 6 – Equipment

    It is vital that oral history recordings are of the best possible quality, and equipment is a major factor in ensuring this.

War oral history programme

The Second World War at home

  • The Second World War at home

    Nearly one and half million people spent the Second World War at home in New Zealand. For most, life changed: families and relationships were disrupted, government directives controlled people’s lives and, for many, there was the constant threat of terrible loss.

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  • Page 6 – In dissent

    New Zealanders who publicly opposed the war were in a very small minority. They came from two main groups: communists and pacifists.

  • Page 8 – Interviewees

    This feature is based on the book by Alison Parr Home: Civilian New Zealanders remember the Second World War published by the Penguin Group in 2010.

War in the Pacific

  • War in the Pacific

    Thousands of New Zealanders fought in the Pacific War, which was sparked by the Japanese bombing of the American naval base at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. It was a conflict fought on a vast scale over huge distances. For the New Zealanders, this was a war fought close to home.

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  • Page 5 - Soldier's storiesNew Zealanders who served in the Pacific War had diverse experiences. They were involved in fighting in the jungle, some spent time in Japanese prisoner of war camps, others took

The North African Campaign

  • The North African Campaign

    The second battle of El Alamein, which began 70 years ago this month, was the turning point of the war in North Africa. For New Zealand forces, this was longest and most important land campaign of WWII. But victory came at a heavy price: between 1941 and 1943, 14,000 Kiwis were killed, wounded or became prisoners of war.

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  • Page 7 - Kiwi storiesSelected audio extracts of New Zealanders involved in the North African

The Battle for Crete

  • The Battle for Crete

    It remains the most dramatic battle ever fought by New Zealand forces. Over 12 brutal days in May 1941 the Allies opposed a massive German airborne assault on the Mediterranean island of Crete. They almost succeeded.

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  • Page 9 - Kiwi storiesSelected audio extracts of New Zealanders involved in the Battle for

Korean War

  • Korean War

    New Zealand was involved militarily in Korea from 1950 to 1957, first as part of the United Nations 'police action' to repel North Korea's invasion of its southern neighbour, and then in a garrison role after the armistice in July 1953.

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  • Page 10 - Kiwi storiesListen to some of the stories of New Zealanders involved in the Korean War, 1950-1957.

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