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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

Three He Tohu companion books released

Mon, 12/06/2017 - 10:43am

He Tohu book covers

These three iconic New Zealand documents are now on public display at the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa in the exhibition He Tohu. Held jointly with Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, He Tohu presents the documents in a stunning state-of-the-art conservation space, designed to preserve the documents for generations to come.

Three books, published by Bridget Williams Books with the Department of Internal Affairs, take the story of these three foundational documents out to readers throughout the country. Each book contains full colour facsimiles of the original document, and wide-ranging new research led by Archives New Zealand, introduces us to many of the signatories. Text by a leading historian sets each document in context.

He Tohu opened in May 2017. For more information, please visit the He Tohu page.

For media queries about the He Tohu exhibition, please contact media@dia.govt.nz.

For more information about the books, please visit Bridget Williams Books.