19 Jul 2013

Maori encouraged to attend oral history workshops

7:50 pm on 19 July 2013

A National Library advisor is encouraging tangata whenua to take advantage of its wananga as a way of preserving their tribal stories.

The Oral History Centre is a branch of the Alexander Turnbull Library, which has collected thousands of recordings, including many interviews about New Zealand history, since the late 19th century.

The centre also provides workshops to teach people how to collect oral history, such as through video and audio recordings.

Maori advisor Taina Tangaere McGregor is encouraging Maori to take part in the workshops and delve into a variety of tribal stories, such as korero about their Marae and hapu.

She says they could consider any topic, such as local history or local kura, because the stories all need to be told for future generations.

Ms McGregor says people are taught how to connect with those they interview, where to get funding and how to ensure quality recordings.