New Zealand Project


In 1989, EKU History Faculty member William E. Ellis received a Fulbright Scholarship award to teach at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. While in New Zealand, Dr. Ellis taught a course on oral history and conducted interviews with New Zealand citizens to capture how American history and culture was taught in both the high school and university settings. He also looked into certain aspects of New Zealand's social and academic cultures. He returned to New Zealand in 1991, 1994, and, most recently, in 2014; his 2014 interviews are not included in the collection.

While in New Zealand, Ellis interviewed high school teachers, university faculty, a policeman, and other New Zealanders, including students. The collection of interviews in the New Zealand Project include those that Ellis conducted, as well as a handful of interviews that were led by others. In recent conversations with Ellis, he concluded that the project was not taken as far as he would have liked because travel funding expired.


New Zealand Project


Dr. William E. Ellis

Collection Items

Lawrence "Laurie" Alfred Cox discusses his role as the Executive Director of New Zealand-United States Educational Foundation.

Frank Corner, New Zealand's former Ambassador to both the United States and United Nations, discusses his impressions of American society and culture.

Hellen Isobel Frizzell discusses oral history in New Zealand, and her role as the Oral Historian for Presbyterian Support Services. The interview also contains a candid conversation between Ellis and Frizzell in which they discuss the practice of oral history and relate their particular expertises.

E.T. Kingsbeer, a retired New Zealand Policeman discusses living and working in New Zealand.

Reverend Colin Brown, a Univeristy of Canterbury Philosophy and Religious Studies Professor discusses American Studies in New Zealand.

Tony Murdoch, the Head of the Department of Social Studies at Aranui High School discusses the American Studies program that he supervises. Due to the interview location the sound quality is relatively poor.

Three students from Napier Boys High School discuss their impressions and knowledge of United States' culture and history.

Dolores Janiewski discusses her background and teaching role in the Department of History at Victoria University .

John Owens discusses teaching United states history in New Zealand classrooms.

Dr. Jock Phillips discusses his role as the Chief Historian in New Zealand's Department of Internal Affairs.

Ken Harris, an American Literature specialist, discusses the American Studies program that he heads at Canterbury University.

Grant Miller, a Social Welfare Instructor, discusses the curriculum he follows at Palmerston North High School.

Trevor Burnhard, an American History Instructor at University of Canterbury, discusses his curriculum and teaching methods.

Pam O'Connell and Graham Henderson discusss their history curriculum at Aranui High School

Chris Craddock, a social studies instructor, discusses the curriculum he follows at St. Peter's College, a Catholic school for boys in Auckland, New Zealand.

Worwick Tyler discusses how he teaches his American Revolution courses at Massey University.

Keith Beattie, an Australian who teaches American History at Massey University discusses his curriculum and approach to teaching American Studies.

Jefferey Cleveland discusses how he teaches American History at Rotorua Girls High School in Rotorua, New Zealand

Jessica Johnston, an American citizen, discusses how she teaches American Studies courses on deviance at University of Canterbury.

Kay Harrison, head of the History & Social Studies Department at Aotea College/High School, discusses her curriculum and teaching American Studies in New Zealand.

Hans Van Dyk discusses American Studies at the University of Auckland.

Dr. Rob Rabel discusses how American History is taught and perceived in New Zealand.

Raymond Richards discusses how American History is taught at the University of Waikato.

Betty Connor, Department Head of History and Social Studies, discusses how American History is taught at Queen Victoria College (School for Maori Girls), known in the Maori language as Te Kura Kuini Wikitoria. She also gives an account of the school's history, which stretches back into the 19th Century.

Maureen Montgomery discusses the American Studies program at the University of Canterbury.

Tom Curham discusses the History curriculum at Auckland Teachers College, which changed its name and status in 1985 and combined with another institution, the Secondary Teachers College of Auckland, to become the Auckland College of Education.

Graham Hucker discusses the curriculum he followed while instructing students at Palmerston North Boys High School, as well as his duties as the Head of the Social Studies Department at the Palmerston North College of Education.

Phillipa Hunter, Head of Teacher Education, discusses her professional background in history and social studies, as well as her adminstrative tenure at the University of Waikato.

Anthony Bocker discusses his responsibilities as a History and Economics Professor at Awatapu College.

Altea High School Students discuss their impressions of American History and the ways it is taught in New Zealand.

Brian Wearing, the Chairman of American Studies at Canterbury University discusses his program and teaching United States History in New Zealand.

Richard Cole discusses the social studies program at Western Heights High School.
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