Conferences and Announcements

PHANZA Constitution review - member feedback request

Like PHANZA itself, our Constitution is 20 years old. Much has changed in the world since the current Constitution was adopted, and the PHANZA Committee thinks it is time to look at updating it.


Information about these proposed changes is attached below.


The document sets out questions the Committee is seeking feedback on. Your answers to these questions, and any other comments you would like to make, are very welcome.


Archives NZ intention to dispose - Ministry of Justice

This notification is to advise you of the following Intention to Dispose, which is available on the Archives New Zealand website:



Appraisal ID: 2015/0308



Agency Name: Ministry of Justice


Cuba Character Exhibition, Turnbull Gallery (Wellington)

Museum and Heritage students from Victoria University of Wellington, with the support of the Alexander Turnbull Library, present an exhibition highlighting the people, buildings and stories that have taken place on Wellington’s most famous street. What made Cuba Street what it is today?


Take a closer look behind the street we all think we know so well.


17 August – 11 September 2015

Turnbull Library Gallery, Level 1

National Library of New Zealand

Molesworth Street, Wellington.


Book launched - Geoffrey Rice & Frances Ryman, "Cricketing Colonists."

Cricketing Colonists (Canterbury University Press) is a double biography of the Brittan brothers, William and Joseph, who were leading public figures in early Christchurch but are now virtually forgotten. William Guise Brittan was the first to pay for land in the Canterbury settlement, and chaired the Society of Canterbury Colonists. Joseph established a newspaper, the Canterbury Standard, and was provincial secretary for FitzGerald.

Ron Palenski's new book coming soon - "Rugby: A New Zealand History"

Coming in September
Ron Palenski's Rugby: A New Zealand History


Rugby is New Zealand’s national sport. From the grand tour by the 1888 Natives to the upcoming 2015 World Cup, from games in the North African desert in the Second World War to matches behind barbed wire during the 1981 Springbok tour, from grassroots club rugby to heaving crowds outside Eden Park, Lancaster Park, Athletic Park or Carisbrook, New Zealanders have made rugby their game.


Book launched: Warwick Johnston's " The Life of Jackson Street."

The Life of Jackson Street is a pictorial history of Jackson Street in Petone, from 1870s through  to the present day.
This self-published, 200 page publication, has over two hundred images, many in colour.

Book launched: Margaret Tennant's "Across the Street, Across the World: A History of the Red Cross in New Zealand 1915-2015"

Across the Street, Across the World

A History of the Red Cross in New Zealand 1915-2015

Margaret Tennant


Latest UNESCO Memory of the World NZ news bulletin available

The latest issue of Nga Mahara, the regular news bulletin from UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand is now on their website

Catch up with the latest news: the 2015 submission round, Facebook and other resources and items of interest.

Call for abstracts for New Zealand Historical Association conference 2015 History Making a Difference has been extended

History Making a Difference

The biennial New Zealand Historical Association conference will be held in Christchurch from Wednesday 2 December until Friday 4 December 2015.

Our theme for 2015 explores how the study, teaching and promotion of history in Aotearoa/New Zealand has the ability to ‘make a difference’.

Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Kate Darian-Smith (University of Melbourne), Professor Dame Anne Salmond (University of Auckland) and Professor Paul Ward (University of Huddersfield).

PHANZA Membership Subscriptions 2015–16 are now due

We’d like to thank all our members for their continued support. Our subscription year runs from 1 July to 30 June, and it is now time to renew your membership subscription. Please pay by 30 September 2015.


Unfortunately, we are not currently able to take payments via PayPal, so please pick from one of the payment methods below.


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Subscription for those in paid work - $50
Subscription for those not in paid work - $25

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