KIWI BATTLERS (An Oral History Project)

Over the past five years writer Dane Giraud has traveled the length and breadth of the country collecting oral histories of New Zealand. A deeply personal project Dane has avoided the former All Blacks and general over achievers in pursuit of the everyday Kiwi. What’s emerged is a touching, vivid account of rural life immediately following the post war period.

“This generation are dying and my regret is I didn’t start this project even five years earlier. Books can only tell you so much about the past; it’s always better to get it from those who saw it and lived it”.

Below are some samples from Dane’s most recent recordings that he hopes will one day be formally collated for all New Zealanders to enjoy.

Click on the files below and prepare to step through a portal to another, soon to be forgotten world…