Keystrokes Per Minute


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Keystrokes Per Minute

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Bonus Episode 2 : Govt Typists Strike -27-04-2022( 0:27:48)       
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We hear about when the Government Typists took action in 1985, after a stalled negotiation between the PSA, the public servants union, and the State Services Commission. Listeners will hear recollections from all sides of the strike action - PSA representative Phil Butler; Dame Margaret Bazley, the State Services Commissioner in charge of industrial relations at the time; and Head typists Mary Dooley and Lorraine Williams.
Published: 27/04/2022 11:51:39 a.m.
Bonus Episode 1 : Valuing the Profession -26-04-2022( 0:30:23)       
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We hear from lifetime member and former National President of the Association of Administrative Professionals NZ, Eth Lloyd, MNZM, who fills us in on the history and extensive programme of work over the last 50 years.
Published: 27/04/2022 11:46:41 a.m.
The Public Service & Women’s Work -19-04-2022( 0:57:47)       
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In this episode we hear about what it was like to work for the NZ Public Service, how the standards, bureaucracy, and culture shaped the working lives of many typists, and then take a broader view of women’s work through the eras.
Published: 19/04/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
The Impact of Technology -12-04-2022( 0:59:39)       
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In this episode we delve into the evolution of typewriter technology, the introduction of computers, and what impact that had on our interviewees. They regale us with the excitement and difficulties of new technology being implemented, and how swiftly dictaphone recorders replaced Shorthand dictation.
Published: 12/04/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Life in the Typing Pool, Part 3 -05-04-2022( 0:56:53)       
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Published: 5/04/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Life in the Typing Pool, Part 2 -29-03-2022( 0:57:24)       
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In this episode we hear stories about the day-to-day operations of the typing pool; the physical layout, how the work was submitted, the role of the Head Typist, the diverse nature of the work, how work was distributed to typists, whose job it was to ensure quality, and some of the ‘tricks of the trade’ for covering up mistakes.
Published: 29/03/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
Life in the Typing Pool, Part 1 -22-03-2022( 0:58:6)       
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Published: 22/03/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
The role of Education, Part 2 -15-03-2022( 0:58:7)       
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Interviewees tell us their stories of discrimination and struggles with bias, that girls, and young women, had to overcome to gain an education.
Published: 15/03/2022 3:00:00 p.m.
The role of Education, Part 1 -08-03-2022( 0:58:11)       
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Interviewees tell us about their upbringing, their experiences of secondary education, and the impactful influence of parents and schools, on subject choices, and future pathways to employment.
Published: 8/03/2022 3:00:00 p.m.

Women's stories from the NZ Public Service Typing Pools since 1945 till today. This limited series podcast draws on the work of the Keystrokes Per Minute Oral History Project, where a team of researchers interviewed 52 women and 3 men, capturing their experiences and professional lives in the typing pools for various Government ministries and departments in New Zealand. The Keystrokes project and podcast has been made possible by funding support from the Ministry of Culture & Heritage and the Public Services Commission. Listeners can find out more about the project by visiting website The closing soundtrack was kindly provided, by permission, from The Boston Typewriter Orchestra. Find their music and merchandise on Virtually no other public servants were trained

Host: StorycollectiveNZ

Produced By: Story Collective

Language: English

Category: Arts and Culture

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