Bert Roth Award for labour history

Bert Roth Award for labour history

The family of the late Bert Roth, the doyen of New Zealand labour historians and a witty, wise and generous archivist-activist, has given the Labour History Project approval to use his name for a new annual award.

The Bert Roth Award for Labour History in Aotearoa/New Zealand will be given for the best contribution to the field of NZ labour history in the past year. Entry for this award is open to any citizen or legal resident of New Zealand, apart from serving LHP committee members and their immediate families. Any contribution to the field of labour history is eligible for the award—an event, a publication, a film, an article or, conceivably, a sustained body of work over a long period. Groups as well as individuals are eligible.

In the weeks before our next AGM in mid-2014, a subcommittee appointed by the LHP committee will consider the list of nominees and select a winner. This will be announced at the AGM, and the $500 cash prize and a printed certificate will be delivered to the winner.

Anyone is encouraged to nominate suitable entrants for the Bert Roth award. Nominations should be sent to the LHP chair – chair@lhp.org.nz, or to – LHP, PO Box 27-425, Wellington 6001.

We look forward to adding this annual award to the range of activities carried out by the LHP, and to recalling “the life, work and spirit of a socialist refugee from Austria who, by seeking to understand his adopted country, helped many New Zealanders gain an insight into their own society and culture.”