Archives 2057

Tue, 27/09/2016 - 3:07pm

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We are currently consulting on a discussion document that will be used to develop a long-term strategy for Archives New Zealand. Your views are important to us. To view the discussion document and make a submission by 5pm, 4 November 2016, please visit the Archives 2057 page.

Why are we taking such a long-term view? The national archive needs to be focussed on the long term to ensure the record of government is available in the future. As we face the challenges of the born-digital era, our performance as a regulator today has a major impact on government’s information assets into the future. These challenges impact information managers, iwi, researchers, academics, community archivists and our own staff. Our stakeholders are asking us to step up and take a stronger leadership role.

The Chief Archivist will be leading sessions on the discussion document, providing a face to face opportunity to discuss your feedback or learn more about the work to date.

Please and provide your feedback by 5pm on 4 November 2016. If you prefer to email a submission, or wish to attend one of the meetings above, please email  

  • Christchurch 10th October 2pm – 4pm
  • Dunedin 11th October 10am – 12pm
  • Wellington 12th October  2pm – 4pm (NB this session is targeted towards government agencies, recordkeepers and information managers)
  • Wellington 13th October 2pm – 4pm (NB this session is targeted towards researchers, genealogists, historians and other archives users)
  • Auckland Central 14th October 9:30am – 11:30am (NB this session is targeted towards researchers, genealogists, historians and other archives users)
  • South Auckland 14th October 1pm – 3pm (NB this session is targeted towards government agencies, recordkeepers and information managers)

He Tohu will be the new home of New Zealand’s founding documents

Wed, 10/08/2016 - 12:20pm

Today the Minister of Internal Affairs announced the name of the new constitutional archive exhibition, opening early next year.

He Tohu will house our three most precious constitutional documents, keeping them housed, safe, and accessible to all.

Further information on the exhibition can be found here:

When the free exhibition and learning space opens, visitors will be able to come and see:

  • He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni - Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand (1835)
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi - Treaty of Waitangi (1840)
  • The Women’s Suffrage Petition (1893)

He Tohu is being developed with iwi leaders, Māori technical experts, and the Waitangi National Trust.

The new purpose-built space will allow Archives and National Library to look after the three documents for at least the next quarter of a century.

When the exhibition opens, it will launch with new learning programmes, and on-site and online resources for young New Zealanders.

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Digitised Samoan village files available online

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 4:00pm

Samoan village files from our British Military Occupation holdings have been digitised and are now available online via our finding aid Archway. This series is comprised of local official's inwards correspondence under the British Military Occupation of Samoa.

From 1914 to 1920 Samoa was under British military occupation. This agency was created by Archives New Zealand to describe the various records it holds that relate to this period in Samoa's history. In 1914 New Zealand troops occupied German Samoa in the name of Britain. After World War I the League of Nations made New Zealand responsible for its administration, a situation which continued until Western Samoa's national independence in 1962.

In order to access the records, you’ll need to do the following using our finding aid Archway.

  1. Go to the Advanced Search - Records page. Type in Samoa-BMO1 in the former Arch Ref Box and click search
  2. When the results appear, click on ‘record online available’ for the file that is of interest – a new page will appear under the tab ‘record online’
  3. Click on the coloured link which will have the name of the particular village
  4. Start viewing the file!

For further queries please email