I am happy to offer the following services:
Presentations to overseas visitors or expatriates living in New Zealand: I have had much experience talking to non-New Zealanders wishing to understand this country. The presentations include:
- An introduction to Aotearoa/New Zealand – its cultures, society, and ways of interacting
- A short history of Aotearoa/New Zealand through its key moments
- A history of the economy of Aotearoa/New Zealand from time of first settlement by Maori to the 21st century
- The transformation of Aotearoa/New Zealand since 1940
- The difference and similarities of Australia and New Zealand.
Presentations to New Zealand heritage groups, conferences, adult education, genealogists: Subjects which I am happy to talk about include:
- History of immigration to New Zealand – overview or a special focus on migrants from Great Britain and Ireland.
- New Zealand and the Great War: Current presentations include one on ‘The Great War and New Zealand memory’ and a study of the nature of bravery in war with a special focus on Gordon Harper.
- Monuments and memorials: New Zealand’s war memorials, or an analysis of other memorials in New Zealand exploring the question of who has been memorialised and why?
- Te Ara, the Encyclopedia of New Zealand: a presentation on how we went about creating the first born-digital national encyclopaedia in the world.
- Vices: Presentations on the history of smoking, alcohol and drugs in New Zealand.
- The great revolution, 1940-2000: the transformation of the New Zealand value system in the second half of there 20th century.
- I am happy to consider presentations on some other aspects of New Zealand history.
Websites: Drawing on my experience with Te Ara and NZHistory.net.nz, I am happy to prepare text or give advice on websites which use historical content.
Museum exhibitions: I am happy to give historical advice on the content of exhibitions. This may include the conceptual plan for an exhibition or the detailed historical content. I am happy to review exhibitions plans and peer-review labels.
Film, television and radio: I enjoy working in these media. I would welcome involvement at either an initial conceptual stage, reviewing scripts or preparing background historical research for programmes and films.
Books and publications: I have had much experience reviewing manuscripts and books for authors and publishers.
I usually charge a fee for my services, but am happy to negotiate a level appropriate to the time required and the resources of the organisation. For voluntary organisations I will consider working gratis.
If you are interested in drawing upon my expertise, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.