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Page 3 – Meet the NZHistory web team

The NZHistory website is produced by a small team within the Research and Publishing Group of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and draws on the experience and skills of some of New Zealand's leading historians.

NZHistory team:

  • Neill Atkinson, Chief Historian, oversees the History Group's work, including NZHistory. He has written on the social history of rail and maritime transport, as well as on New Zealand political, labour and sports history.
  • Imelda Bargas, Senior Historian, joined the NZHistory team in 2008. Her main areas of interest are heritage, politics, war and history in schools.
  • David Green, Senior Editor/Historian, works on the NZHistory and Te Ara websites.
  • Jamie Mackay, Team Leader Content Management, is primarily responsible for the technical development of NZHistory content. A trained historian, Jamie worked for five years on the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography project before starting NZHistory in 1998.
  • Gareth Phipps, Digital Publishing Editor – Writing, works on NZHistory and the Vietnam War website,
  • Matthew Tonks, Digital Publishing Officer.
  • Steve Watters, Senior Historian, co-ordinates The Classroom section of the site, which is aimed at teachers and students from Years 6 to 13. Before joining the History Group, Steve taught history in secondary schools in the Wellington area for a number of years. He has also been the main compiler of Today in History.

Other History Group contributors:

  • Gavin McLean, Senior Historian, specialises in business, local and imperial history, and has also written widely on maritime transport, exhibition and heritage history.
  • Alison Parr, Senior Oral Historian, is interested in the social history of war and its impact on society and individuals.
  • Tim Shoebridge, Senior Historian, joined the History Group in 2008; he is currently working on projects on the First World War and motoring history.

Other contributors:

Bronwyn Dalley, former Manager Heritage Services and Chief Historian, played a major role in the development of NZHistory from 1999 to 2011. Kynan Gentry was also a key member of the NZHistory team from 2005 to 2008.

Others people who have contributed content to NZHistory as MCH staff members, contract historians or during student placements include: Emma Brewerton, Susan Butterworth, Karen Cameron, Simon Daisley, Mark Derby, Paul Diamond, Amy Donald, Georgina Fell, Damien Fenton, Megan Hutching, Linda Jeffrey, Basil Keane, Caroline Lord, Ian McGibbon, Frances Maciver, John E. Martin, Simon Moody, Simon Nathan, Claudia Orange, Andy Palmer, Jock Phillips, Margaret Pointer, Roberto Rabel, Jean Sergent-Shadbolt, Andrew Schmidt, Ben Schrader, Monty Soutar, Carl Walrond, Michael Wynd and Redmer Yska.

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'Meet the NZHistory web team', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 14-Sep-2016