Interviews come to a close

Today is the last day for oral history interviews documenting interaction between the Rangitoto Island bach communities and abandoned vessels. The last five days have been very interesting with lots of useful information being recorded. Thank you to all those who participated in the interviews. Your knowledge and memories have been extremely helpful for this research.

This is not the end, however, visits to Rangitoto Island for fieldwork will begin in two days time (Tuesday 8th July). Keep your eyes peeled for in-the-field updates! See you soon Rangitoto! /KB

Rangitoto Island–July

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On the record!

Recording oral histories has started! People who spent time at a Rangitoto bach are invited to share their memories. The interviews are being held at Birkenhead Library (upstairs) between 12:00pm–3:00pm daily, 1st July to 6th July. The interviews should take no longer than 30–45 minutes and will be recorded digitally. All participants will remain anonymous throughout the interview process. The purpose of the interview is to find out what interaction took place between Rangitoto Island’s bach communities and ships’ graveyard. Topics include:

  • How the participant interacted with the area;
  • A description of the bach and construction;
  • Knowledge of the ships’ graveyard;
  • Social interaction with Wreck Bay;
  • Materials salvaged and reused for bach construction;
  • Importance of heritage within the area.

If you think you can contribute to any of these themes, feel free to leave a comment or pop down and have a chat. Even if you have photos you would like to share, it would be great to see them! /KB

This research project has been approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (Project number 6368).

Birkenhead Library, Auckland

Birkenhead Library, Auckland

Interview room, Birkenhead library

Interview room, Birkenhead Library