Friends of the Hocken Collections Award 2020

Notice of the Friends of the Hocken Collections Award 2020

In 2016, to mark the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Friends of the Hocken Collections offered an award of NZ$10,000 to support a research project on some aspect of the historical development of culture and society in Aotearoa/New Zealand, primarily using the resources of the Hocken Collections.  Joint winners of the anniversary Award (for work carried out in 2017) were Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey, and their book, To the Mountains: A Collection of NZ Alpine Writing, was the very pleasing result.

As the anniversary Award competition attracted a wide range of applications – for many eminently fundable projects in which the Hocken Collections’ resources were of vital or key importance – the Friends’ executive committee resolved to continue to offer The Friends of the Hocken Collections Award as funding permits.

The intended outcomes of the 2020 Award are creatively open for project applicants to develop and propose.  Both collaborative and singular applications are welcome, and salient aspects such as medium, genre, scope, and purpose are prescription-free.

Applications open on 1 July 2019.

The application Closing Date for an award to be held in the 2020 calendar year is 18 October 2019.

Applicants will be advised of the competition result by 29 November 2019.

APPLICATION Requirements of the 2020 Award

As detailed below, applicants will need to provide:

  1. A working title for the project
  2. The lead (or sole) investigator’s name, full contact details, including email address, and usual occupation, if any
  3. A 200-word abstract of the proposed work
  4. A more detailed account of the proposed research, including likely completion date within 2020, the research plan and methods to be employed, and how the Hocken Collections will be used. This account should not exceed 1250 words.
  5. A detailed budget, including information on possible additional funding from other sources
  6. Letters of support from two individuals from whom the committee can seek further information about the applicant and proposed investigation
  7. How the applicant intends to make the project outcomes known and to whom: for example, in a book, exhibition, lecture/presentation, musical or theatrical performance.

Please submit applications to [email protected]. or, post in hard copy to:

Friends of the Hocken Collections
P O Box 6336
Dunedin North 9059

If you have any enquiries, please also send those to [email protected], or call Dr Claire Matthewson, 021 795 191.

Link to the Research Award 2020 Application and Conditions.

Conditions of the Award:

  1. The Award will be made to the approved applicant(s) to carry out a piece of research which requires significant use of the Hocken Collections. This does not preclude the use of other collections.
  2. The grant may be split between more than one applicant, and payment may be made in lump sum or instalments, according to the decision of the Committee of the Friends of the Hocken Collections.
  3. Nominated referees may be contacted for all short-listed applicants, to confirm that the applicant has the necessary skills and background to complete and present the research satisfactorily.
  4. Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision on or before 29November 2019.
  5. Recipients will be required to submit a progress report by 31 July 2020.
  6. Recipients will agree to publicity related to the Award.
  7. On completion of the work, the successful applicant(s) must submit a brief written report to the Committee of the Friends of the Hocken Collections suitable for publication in an issue of Flotsam & Jetsam (the Friends’ bulletin) and may be asked to address a meeting of the Friends on the research topic.
  8. Any subsequent publication by the recipients for which the Award was received should carry an appropriate acknowledgement.

Announcement of the successful applicant for the Friends of the Hocken Collections Award, 2016

In 2016 the Friends of the Hocken Collections celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The Friends support and promote the world-renowned Hocken Collections (part of the University of Otago) in Dunedin, New Zealand in a number of different ways.

This year, to acknowledge this anniversary the Friends have made a one-off award of $10,000. The aim of the award is to support research into an aspect of the historical development of Māori or Pakeha culture and society in Aotearoa/New Zealand, primarily using the resources of the Hocken Collections.

The Friends’ Committee is pleased to announce that the award has been made to Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey to enable the completion of an anthology of New Zealand mountaineering writing between 1830 and 2015.

Laurence Fearnley is a full-time novelist and non-fiction writer. Her publications include Going Up is Easy, Reach, and The Hut Builder. In 2004 Laurence was awarded the Artists to Antarctica Fellowship and in 2007 the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago.

Paul Hersey is a full-time writer, photographer, filmmaker and mountaineer. He has written several books, including Our Mountains: Journeys to New Zealand’s Highest Places, based on his journeys to 15 major peaks in New Zealand.


They expect to commence their Hocken-based research this December, and expect one focus will be on the NZ Alpine Club collections. These naturally include much writing from members of the Club on mountaineering and mountains.

President of the Friends of the Hocken Collections, Marian Hobbs, said: “I’m so pleased in the Friends’ 25th anniversary year we are able to support people doing such original research using the Hocken Collections.”

Hocken Librarian Sharon Dell noted: “The work done with the support of this Award is a chance for New Zealanders to see richness of the Collections in relation to mountaineering throughout New Zealand, and especially in the southern alpine and fiord regions – they are significant to New Zealand, as well as the Otago and Southland regions.”

The Otago University Press’s Editorial Board “enthusiastically endorses” Laurence and Paul’s publishing proposal.

The Friends of the Hocken Collections Committee would also like to commend generally the very high calibre of applications, 17 of which were received.