Draft Selection Statement: Identifying and selecting public archives

Tue, 10/07/2018 - 8:34am

Archives New Zealand is seeking feedback on our new draft Selection Statement (see attached below) by 28 September 2018.

Context for change

Archives New Zealand has a mandate to provide guidance to public offices on identifying information and records for permanent preservation as “public archives”. The current Appraisal Statement (16/Sm3) provides criteria to inform decisions about what to retain and what to destroy but does not clearly state what “public archives” we want now and in the future. Nor does it provide guidance on how to interpret these criteria.

The draft Selection Statement has been developed not only to replace the current Appraisal Statement but to also work with our current and future resources and guides to provide this direction and clarity. The draft also supports our Regulatory Statement (16/Sm1) and is part of a wider programme of work to transform our disposal approach and machinery.


Archives New Zealand would welcome your feedback on the form provided below by close of business Friday 28 September 2018. Please email your feedback form as well as any questions to us via rkconsultation@dia.govt.nz.

Next steps  

Any comments received will be collectively analysed and the draft revised as appropriate. The final Selection Statement will then be submitted to the Chief Archivist for approval. 

Attached documents

Update: Important message for all Christchurch Office of Archives New Zealand customers

Fri, 29/06/2018 - 10:47am


Archives New Zealand's Christchurch Office in snow

Archives New Zealand's Christchurch Office

Please note the following important dates:

Reading Room Closures (Peterborough Street)

Tuesday 26 June – closed for one day only, for relocation preparations
Monday 16 July to Friday 3 August inclusive – three week closure for final stage of move

New Reading Room Opens at Wigram (15 Harvard Avenue)

Monday 6 August

We are Moving to Wigram

In late June this year, we will begin the process of moving to our new building in Wigram at 15 Harvard Avenue, near the Air Force Museum. The move will take six to eight weeks and there will be some disruption to our services during this time.

We aim to keep the Reading Room at Peterborough Street open for most of this period, although we will be closing for three weeks from Monday 16 July before re-opening in Wigram on Monday 6 August.  We may be able to allow limited access to the Deeds Room material during those three weeks. Please note, however, that as individual archives are moved from Peterborough Street to Wigram from late June, they will not be available for viewing until we are open in the new building.

We strongly recommend that if you are planning any research in the near future you aim to complete this before mid-June or delay it until August.

Please also note that there will be no parking available on site at Peterborough Street during the move.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. This message may be updated further. Please keep an eye on our website, Archway, and Facebook or contact the Christchurch Office on 03 377 0760 and email christchurch.archives@dia.govt.nz  if you have any questions.

He Tohu Birthday Celebration

Mon, 14/05/2018 - 1:45pm

  • Date: Saturday, 19 May, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am to 2:30pm
  • Cost: Free. No bookings required.
  • Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
  • Contact Details: events.natlib@dia.govt.nz

Come join us for whānau day festivities and celebrate New Zealand at the National Library.

He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of 3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • 1835 He Whakaputanga — Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand
  • 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi — Treaty of Waitangi
  • 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition — Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine

Entertainment, arts and craft

Enjoy contemporary music in te reo, hip hop, kapa haka, Pasifika music, storytelling and 3-D printing plus lots more. Be creative with arts and craft spaces for all ages.

Watch and enjoy:

10:00am to 10:15am — Kapa haka

10:15 to 10:35 am — Taita College Barbershop group

10:35am to 11:05am — Feisty Feckin' Full Time Feminists — Union and Suffrage songs

11:05am to 11:25am — PrimaVolta

11:25am to 11:35am — Wananga o Aotearoa. Dance and kapa haka

11:45am to 12:25pm — Sianne Dougherty and band

12:35pm to 12:55pm — Projekt Team Hip Hop

1:00pm to 1:45pm — Ariana Tikao and Alister Fraser (Taonga Puoro)

1:45pm to 1:50pm — Extreme Dance — Kids Hiphop

2:00pm to 2:20pm — Whitireia Performing Arts Dance troupe Wananga o Aotearoa

Interesting talks

Learn about the 3 documents that shaped Aotearoa in our speaker series or take a tour of He Tohu in either te reo or English throughout the day.

Hear these fantastic speakers:

10:10am to 10:20am — Treaty 101 with Peter Adds

10:30am to 10:50am — People of the Treaty, Treaty biographies with Claudia Orange

11:00am to 11:40am — Stories of the Suffragists and Digital NZ ‘stories demonstration with Stefanie Lash / Thomasin Sleigh

11:55am to 12:20pm — Conservation 101 with Vicki-Anne Heikell

1:00pm to 1:20pm — How far have we really come? Women in 2018 with Vanisa Dhiru

1:35pm to 1:45pm — Mana wahine and Te reo essays with Nadine Anne Hura (Miller)

2:00 to 2:20pm — Making Change! Contemporary Political action with Laura O’Connell Rapira, ActionStation

More about the He Tohu exhibition

Our other great exhibitions

While you’re here visit the Topp Twins and Islands in Time exhibitions and have some Kiwi kai.

Free events with something for everyone

There’ll be something for everyone! Can’t wait to celebrate with you.

Events are all free and will be in the amazing Te Ahumairangi space on the ground floor of the National Library and upstairs at the Alexander Turnbull Library.