Great Barrier Island History Research Group Inc


In gathering information for the Pictorial History section of the State of Environment Report , the Trust consulted many old photographs and newspaper items relating to environmental history on Great Barrier. Understanding the past is fundamental to planning our social, economic and environmental future, and it is in this context that we welcome the formation of the GBI History Research Group Inc.
Don Armitage writes:
We are a recently-formed history society for the island. We incorporated on 31st May, 2010 and at this time have about 65 members. We want to involve anyone who has had anything to do with the island. We hope you will become a member. Our society, though just 5 ½ months old, has already published its first book, ‘Great Barrier Island Shipwrecks’, has established a format for all future publications to ‘brand’ the society’s publications, and make it easier for prospective authors who are members to get into print, has successfully applied for funding to enable state-of-the-art oral history recording to go ahead (it is already under way), has a well-run website, and is running a short story history writing competition. Many of the stories entered will be published in book form in Sept 2011. All in all, a good start, but only a start. Now that we are established, we want to widen our presence and effectiveness. Many places around New Zealand have history societies for the very good reason that they capture the past and present and allow citizens to know more about their place. Never before has this island had the opportunity to establish in such a robust way such a society. We have already met with members of the new Auckland super city’s heritage department who have assured us of their full support. Modern technology gives us further opportunities, which we are taking full advantage of.
Great Barrier Island’s history is a unique and wonderful story, and there is yet more to uncover. The story writing competition is open to members and non-members alike. We hope that if you have a true story about some event and/or person or persons associated with Great Barrier Island’s past to recent past, you will ‘have a go’ and enter the competition. Please join our society. For details:-