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The beginnings of PrideNZ.com

Alison Day interviews Gareth Watkins, the founder of PrideNZ, about the website and how it came about. Alison is currently a Doctoral candidate at the School of Information Management at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. Alison is investigating what has been put in place over time to document LGBTTFIQ communities by GLAMU (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Universities) and the subsequent effects on LGBTTFIQ independent archiving. The second part of the research will look into the nature of the relationships that exist between LGBTTFIQ donors, LGBTTFIQ independent archives and GLAMU institutions.

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Summary

This recording contains an interview with Gareth Watkins, the founder of PrideNZ.com, a platform documenting LGBTTFIQ communities. The conversation, facilitated by Alison Day, a Doctoral candidate at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, was recorded in February 2023.

PrideNZ.com originated in the mid-1990s as a personal mission by Watkins, who yearned to tell the stories of the rainbow community and understand personal and communal identities.The advent of the internet and streaming services in the late '90s provided Watkins with new platforms to distribute documentaries and audio stories.

Watkins detailed the transition from distributing CDs to utilizing streaming services and how this embraced the concept that diversity had been historically overlooked. By the mid-2000s, Watkins directed documentaries like the 20-year retrospective on homosexual law reform, revealing the critical role of community archives in providing a more comprehensive account of history, compared to the limited holdings in state archives.

Watkins’ strategy was to ensure the sustainability of PrideNZ.com by remaining the primary operator, avoiding the internal challenges community organizations often face. Their work involved not only creating content but also coding the website and learning database management. Despite being a solo endeavor, PrideNZ.com would not have thrived without the contributions and stories from the community. Nevertheless, matters of donations and long-term preservation were redirected to permanent repositories like the National Library.

The content on PrideNZ.com ranges from profile interviews and historical events to recordings of community happenings, ensuring a rich repository of varied rainbow voices. The tagging system and AI-generated transcriptions were implemented to make content more accessible, aligning with current terminology and user-search trends.

The future of PrideNZ.com involves connecting with other archives and utilizing the content for educational purposes, aligning with New Zealand's history curriculum. Watkins stressed the enduring importance of rainbow archives and shared content among multiple archives, such as the National Library and the Library of Congress. This decentralized approach is meant to ensure the content's longevity and availability.

A poignant aspect of the interview was the feedback from a listener in the USA, who found solace in the CDs sent by Watkins in the late '90s, showcasing the profound and personal impact of PrideNZ.com's work. This underscores the unseen yet significant influence such archives can have on individuals, even years later.

Spanning the 1990s to the 2020s, PrideNZ.com represents a dynamic tapestry of the LGBTTFIQ experience, adapting technology and commitment to ensure narratives are heard and preserved. Watkins' reflections captured in the interview highlight the site's organic growth, its response to societal shifts, and the continued evolution of documenting rainbow communities.

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Record date:7th February 2023
Interviewer:Alison Day
Location:Rutherford House, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004702).
URL:https://www.pridenz.com/the_beginnings_of_pridenz.html