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Waitangi Day at He Tohu

Tue, 30/01/2018 - 2:08pm

Tours of the new exhibition, He Tohu, will be available this Waitangi Day.

Date: Tuesday, 6 February, 2018
Time: Exhibition open 9am – 5pm
Guided experiences (30 minutes each) on the hour between 10am to 4pm (last tour at 4pm)
Meet at the exhibition entrance
Cost: Free. Booking is not required
Location: National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
Contact Details: For more information, email events.natlib@dia.govt.nz

Join one of our 30 minute family friendly free guided experiences in Te Reo Māori or English to explore He Tohu, the multi-award winning exhibition which features all nine original signed sheets and interactive displays. The guided experience offers insight into stories behind some of the 540 rangatira who signed te Tiriti o Waitangi and the thoughts of New Zealanders on the meaning and value of te Tiriti today.

Guided experiences will take place on the hour between 10am and 4pm (last tour at 4pm). After each guided experience there will be an opportunity to learn about the material life of the Treaty through an illustrated presentation with conservator Vicki-Anne Heikell (Nō Te Whānau-a-Apanui). Vicki-Anne will talk about the composition and condition of the paper, parchment, inks and how this understanding helps conservators make decisions for the long term preservation of the documents.

A pre-ordered hāngī lunch will be served at HOME café at 12.45pm following the 12.00 midday guided experience. Please pre-order your hāngī ($15) by emailing events.natlib@dia.govt.nz

There will also be a children’s art and reading area and HOME café will open

The He Tohu team will also be at Waitangi Park in Wellington City and the Waitangi Day Festival in Porirua. Look out for the He Tohu flag for information, prize packs and merchandise.

Wellington Preserves: International Digital Preservation Day

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 10:03am

International Preservation Day

Date: Thursday, 30 November, 2017
Time: 5.30 - 7pm
Cost: Free
Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
Contact Details: For more information, email ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz.

Come and find out about what is happening in Wellington to preserve and give access to the digital heritage of New Zealand.

Supported by The National Library, Archives New Zealand, NSLA, LIANZA and ARANZ, this event is part of the inaugural International Digital Preservation Day.

A panel of speakers will outline some successes and future directions as well as give an insight into the practices of digital preservation professionals. More importantly, they will be answering your questions: why is it important; does it affect me; are we winning; and what can we do together?

Panel members will represent the National Library, Archives New Zealand, Victoria University of Wellington, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, and Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.

We will also be screening Tim Wagg’s “Cold Storage”. This explores the shifting of the National Digital Heritage Archive from the basement of the National Library to a private infrastructure provider in Upper Hutt, revealing the massive amounts of energy, space and resourcing required to keep the cloud’s weightlessness afloat.

The event is aimed at anyone and everyone interested in how we ensure that events, interactions, documents, records being created now will be accessible for New Zealanders in the future.

5.30pm – Welcome, Antony Moss, Director Government Recordkeeping
5.35pm – Panel session
6.35pm – Screening and Thursday night nibbles
7pm – End

For more information contact: Lillie Le DorreJessica Moran or Peter McKinney.

Archives Act passed 60 years ago today

Wed, 04/10/2017 - 2:48pm

Archives Wellington Reading Room

Archives New Zealand's Wellington Reading Room in 1985

Archives New Zealand celebrates a major milestone today when the Archives Act was passed 60 years ago.

“The first 60 years have been eventful, but I’m convinced that the next 40 years will see even greater rates of societal change and disruption that will challenge our institution’s mission,” says Richard Foy, Acting Chief Archivist.

A fire in the Hope Gibbons Building in 1952 destroyed many government records and drove legislators to ensure the safety of these records and created the Act in 1957.

As the official guardian of the record of Government, Archives New Zealand is tasked to protect, preserve and make accessible these records to all New Zealanders.

As well as preserving our history, Archives plays a key role in helping to ensure the New Zealand Government and its departments are accountable to the people.

In the holdings are archives of Government since before the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi to the present day. The oldest archive is a 1776 letter from Captain James Cook.

And they are fascinating: This quote is taken from the Ray Waru book ‘Secrets and Treasures.’

“If we ate it, dug it up, blew it up or saw it flying through the air there will be a record of it in the Archive.”

The records are valuable because they tell us about ourselves. They include births, deaths and marriages; records of the judicial system and coroner’s inquests and probates, war service and immigration records, whakapapa records and more.

The next 60 years will bring new challenges. Archives New Zealand is already transitioning into the digital future of archives and record keeping.

“We must be bolder and more courageous in experimenting and exploring unknown territories. If not for older digital natives, but for the Born Digital Natives” says Richard Foy.

“Here’s to celebrating an incredible first 60 years as a national archive.”

View images from the last 60 years on the Archives Flickr account