Examples of my work

I do project work, private commissions and contract work with individuals, artists, and professional people in the private and public sector. The subject matter varies.

My current projects include:

Stage 2 of the Butchers Stories Oral History Project – Interviews with older butchers about retail butchery between 1950 and the present. During Stage 1 of the project I recorded interviews with older butchers living in the Wellington area. For Stage 2 I recorded interviews around New Zealand. I am also collecting pictures of butchers shops.

Butchery has changed markedly during the working lifetimes of the butchers I interviewed. Small suburban shops were at the sharp end of social change affected by supermarkets, extended shop trading hours, migration, changes in workplace participation, economic ups and downs and wholesale meat supply. Successful butchering requires technical skill, business nous, long hours and difficult working conditions. Butchers have their finger on the pulse of their local communities and enjoy plenty of humour and banter with customers.

Both stages of the project have been supported by a New Zealand Oral History Award. Wellington Photographic Supplies have helped greatly by scanning many of the historic images I collected.

The project is archived in the Oral History Collection at the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. I have published a short audio story using material recorded for the project A Butcher’s day – Wahine Day 1968 Please contact me through Facebook or by email if you know of older butchers who might be able to help with my research, or if you have any photographs of butchers shops.

I am one of three interviewers on the Family Memory Project, the first national study of multigenerational New Zealand European/Pākehā family memory. The research focuses on the descendants of European settlers who came to New Zealand before 1914 and
is funded by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand. It is
led by Associate Professor Anna Green from the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University, Wellington.

Collectors Oral History Project and Art Gallery Oral History Project – I am recording interviews with artists, art dealers and collectors. My focus is creating a record of day to day working lives creating and exhibiting work. I try to include some family history as it can provide valuable insights.

Some of my past projects:

  • Victoria University Oral History Archive – interviews with retired academics
  • NZ Institute of Patent Attorneys Centenary Oral History Project 
  • Vietnam War Oral History Project (2008 to 2012)
  • Mrs Schumacher’s Gems – Domestic Life in New Zealand from the 1940’s to the 1960’s. With Judith Fyfe, Megan Hutching and Helen Frizzell. Funded by a New Zealand Oral History Award, 2009.
  • Wellington Girls College 125th Jubilee Oral History Project. Funded by a New Zealand Oral History Award, 2006.
  • Mike Walker Oral History Project – interviews with friends and colleagues of the film maker Mike Walker. Funded by a New Zealand Oral History Award, 2004.
  • Regular diary style interviews with a sitting local elected representative (2004 to 2010). Part funded by Local Government New Zealand.
  •  Alliance Française Centenary Oral History Project.
  • Doreen Blumhardt Oral History Project – audio and video recordings for the Blumhardt Foundation.