Transforming How We Work – 2057 Strategy

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 12:02pm

Archives 2057 Strategy

I’m pleased to release the 2057 Archives long-term strategy.

I’d like to thank all of the organisations and individuals who took the time to provide feedback on the discussion document last year. Your feedback helped shape this strategy. I encourage you to read this strategy to get a full sense of where we are headed and what this will mean for the government information system and our diverse user community.

We’re living in a time of rapid technological, social and environmental change, so our journey will be transformational. We have three strategic focus areas:

  • Taking archives to the people is about getting government information, records and archives "out there" for users, promoting what we do and gearing up for the growth in digital and physical holdings; 
  • Upholding transparency shows our intention to support open government principles, so many of which are enabled by good information management practices; and
  • Building systems together is about shaping the processes, systems and technology that form the government information system so that effective information management is built in from the start.

While this is a long-term strategy we are already working on implementation plans. We also have a number of foundational projects planned or underway that will help us deliver our four yearly goals. 

I’m excited about what’s next for Archives. To follow our progress, I encourage you to subscribe to my regular newsletter by emailing


Marilyn Little
Chief Archivist

He Tohu whānau day

Tue, 16/05/2017 - 11:57am

He Tohu whānau day

Celebrate the opening of He Tohu by bringing your family for a fun, creative, and fascinating day.

  • Date: Saturday 20 May 2017
  • When: 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
  • Contact details: For more information, email No RSVP required for the main event!

Bring your whānau along to the public opening of He Tohu

Join us for the public opening day of He Tohu on Saturday 20 May, when the National Library and Archives New Zealand will run a programme of family-friendly activities from 10am ‘til 4pm.

The day includes presentations, exhibition tours, the Amazing Travelling Photo Booth, and special guests Julian and Christian Dennison.

He Tohu passport

Get a passport on the day to guide your children through the day’s activities. Collect stamps and go in the draw to win special prizes.

Cultural performances

From Taitā College Polygroup, Wellington Girls College, Whitireia performing arts students, Chinese performance groups, and more.


Learn about the creation of He Tohu from Studio Pacific Architecture, Story Inc and Click Suite, the architects and designers who helped create the exhibition.

And hear from staff of Archives New Zealand and the National Library about research for He Tohu, including biographies of women who signed the Suffrage Petition.


Research opportunities with staff of the Alexander Turnbull Library, see a selection of Turnbull treasures, and hear about the band rotunda exhibition.

Even more!

  • Craft activities
  • Storytelling sessions
  • Roaming performers
  • Hāngī food, sausage sizzle, and other family-fare at HOME café
  • Sign the scroll and be part of history

What is He Tohu?

He Tohu is a new exhibition at the National Library of New Zealand.

It brings together three constitutional documents that have shaped Aotearoa.

  • 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – 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