Friends of the Hocken Collections Award

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

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.

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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.

For further information please contact:

Ms Sara Barham, Membership and Marketing Secretary, Friends of the Hocken Collection
hockenfriends@gmail.com
021 611 776, or 03 476 2846


Notice of the Friends of the Hocken Collections Award

In 2016 the Friends of the Hocken Collections celebrates its 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the Friends are offering an award of NZ$10,000 to support an individual interested in some aspect of the historical development of Māori or Pakeha culture and society in Aotearoa/New Zealand to undertake research primarily using the resources of the Hocken Collections. The work could contribute towards a tertiary qualification, a publication, a musical composition, a theatrical performance, a piece of art, a DVD for use in schools or museums, or another such product.

The Friends of the Hocken Collections Award will be offered for the calendar year 2017.

The closing date for applications is 17 October 2016. The application should be completed and returned by that date to:

Ms Sara Barham,
Friends of the Hocken Collection,
P.O. Box 6336, Dunedin North 9059
or preferably by email: hockenfriends@gmail.com


As detailed below, applicants will need to provide:

1. A working title for the project
2. The investigator’s name, full contact details, including email address, and normal 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 2017, 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 outcomes known and to whom, for example, in a book, exhibition, lectures, musical or theatrical performance.


Conditions of the Friends of the Hocken Collections 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 a 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 30 November 2016.
  5. Recipients will be required to submit a progress report by 31 July, 2017.
  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.