Introduction to Waiheke Island Oral History & Digital Storytelling with Valia Papoutsaki


A workshop held over two Sundays

9.30am – 1.30pm

NEW DATES: 13 & 20 November 2023

Telling our stories celebrates who we are and how we came to be where we are now on Waiheke Island both individually and collectively.

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Course Details

The workshops facilitate the documenting of personal stories connected with island life and history, family island connections as well as individual/groups/small collectives’ contribution to the island life and development.

This can include all voices for example tangata whenua, environmentalists, creatives, activists, early European settlers, families and businesses; celebrating the diversity and distinctiveness of our island’s history.

Over these two half day workshops you will develop basic skills in oral history including:

  • interviewing,
  • recording,
  • transcribing and
  • publishing.

There will be an opportunity for 1:1 feedback and an event will be held to share and present the work created during the workshops. 



The Learning Centre, Artworks
2 Korora Road
Waiheke Island
Auckland 1081
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Phone: 09 372 9868



Dr. Valia Papoutsaki is an international researcher, published author, trainer and facilitator with a focus on islands and communication for social change. She has conducted and published research on Waiheke island festivals and has extensive research experience with oral history projects.

Valia was trained by the NZ Oral History Association in Wellington as part of an oral history grant by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage with a focus on island migrant women. She is an experienced facilitator and she is currently providing training and mentoring programs for women and young agents of change through her private practice, Dialogos Ltd.

Find out more about Valia here

Valia is co-convenor of Small Island Cultures Research Initiative, SICRI.  SICRI’s principal aim is to research and assist the maintenance and development of the language,
literature, music, dance, folkloric and media cultures of small island communities. You can see some examples of the work SICRI has been involved with here


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