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Nursing Education and Research Foundation Oral History Project

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NERF promotes excellence in nursing and health care by providing funding opportunities for education and research.

We are based in Wellington and offer a range of scholarships and funding opportunities through the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) website: www.nzno.org.nz

In 1982, NERF began the first in a series of projects to collect the oral histories of nurses in New Zealand. A total of 22 volunteer interviewers undertook 185 oral history interviews that were deposited with the Alexander Turnbull Library Oral History Centre in September 1984. These included:

All of the above interviews can be accessed at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington with permission from the NZNO librarian (library@nzno.org.nz). Although digitalisation of many of the interviews has begun, most are still only in taped format.

Further individual and private additions to the collection were made between 1984 and 2000 including:

Information on access to these collections is through the Alexander Turnbull Library.

In 2011, NERF called for tenders to continue to grow the NERF Oral History Archive. A project team from Auckland University were appointed and during 2012 and 2013 collected the following interviews:

All of the interviews are recorded digitally using high quality formats with the full collection also available at the Alexander Turnbull Library. With the digital format, accessibility can now also be improved for those seeking to listen to the interviews or learn more about the history of nursing in New Zealand. This website has been established to enable access for family, friends, nurses, and students seeking to learn more about nursing history in New Zealand.

NERF can be contacted on the numbers found at the bottom of this page.