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Labour History Project

Black and white image of a street filled with people (look like mostly men and mostly Pākehā)  There is a banner in the procession, and some people are playing brass instruments.
1913 Waterfront Strike supporters on Mansfield Street, Newtown, Wellington. Smith, Sydney Charles, 1888-1972: Photographs of New Zealand. Ref: 1/2-048933-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22354235

Welcome to the website of the Labour History Project. The struggles of working people have a long and significant history in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Labour History Project is dedicated to researching, recording, preserving and promoting this working-class history.

We publish the LHP Bulletin three times a year, award the annual Bert Roth Award for labour history and organise seminars and conferences, including the biennial Rona Bailey Memorial lecture.

Our website is a record of our work; you can find about us as an organisation, how to join, and more about our work. You can find back issues of the bulletin, videos of lectures, and read about the great works of labour history being created in Aotearoa New Zealand.


  • Labour History Project Bulletin 82, September 2021
    The August Bulletin includes details of the Bert Roth Award and discussions of the New Zealand history curriculum. Feature Articles Resistance to Destructuring in the 1980s – Toby Borman Roger Middlemass Reflects Rewi Alley – Elspbeth Sandys Sharing Stories – Sam Orchard Just Transition Explored at Blackball Mayday Review Helen Kelly – Ross Webb

Bert Roth Award

Rona Bailey Lecture