Please see the following notices for maintenance work currently being undertaken in our archives:


Due to shelving work over the two to three weeks from May 22 researchers may experience delays in the retrieval of records. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Work is underway at our Christchurch archives facility to carry out roof completion work. This will involve scaffolding around part of the building which we anticipate being erected the week commencing 8 April. This will not impede any access into the building. Work is expected to take up to 10 weeks to complete, weather dependent.

There should be no disruption to visitors and we are open as usual.


From January to June 2019 there will be a programme of shelving maintenance in Wellington that will impact access to some archival holdings. The work will result in the ‘rolling closure’ of storage areas – a small area will be closed for one or two days. You will not be able to order an item using Archway when a storage area is closed (you will receive a message that the item cannot be ordered when you submit the request). If you have an urgent request or want to confirm that an item is available before your visit to the reading room please contact 04 499 5595.