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Ninety-seven unclaimed Commemorative Scrolls from World War II (1939 – 1945) and the Korean War (1950 – 1953) are now available online. Commemorative Scrolls were issued to the families of deceased military personnel who died on active service. This group of scrolls were, for reasons undetermined, unclaimed. Click to enlarge New Zealand Kayforce, 1950-1953 - Gunner R. McDonald Reference: AA...
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The original documents of Alexander Mee's story were on display at Archives New Zealand Dunedin as part of the exhibition 'Readiness and Sacrifice'. The exhibition ran from 22 September until 24 December 2014. Part of the exhibition documented the World War I service of Private Alexander Mee - 42532, 14th Company, 2nd Battalion, Otago Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. These do...
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Following the First World War, the Dominion Museum (now Te Papa) attempted to collect a photographic portrait of every New Zealander who had received a gallantry medal during the war. Medal recipients’ families sent in photographs along with correspondence providing background information. The Museum gave each photograph an F-number, and exhibited them on boards in 1920. When we received them, ...
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Are you a family history researcher seeking to fill in your family tree? Perhaps you need some guidance to locate the connections between an individual and a family, or maybe you just want to know how to discover some unknown facts about your relatives: where did they live, what did they do, and who do they connect to? August is Family History month. To celebrate, we've created this blog post t...
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For years 2020-21 to 2024-25. The list is arranged by year of audit, then A-Z by name of organisation. You can search the list using the box provided in the table below. The list of public offices scheduled for audit in 2020-21 has been finalised. The audit list for the following four years will be reviewed and published annually.  To find out more information about the Public Records Act 200...
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In recognition of Pride events and celebrations wrapping up around the country, we'd like to highlight a selection of LGBTQIA+ records we hold that show the diversity of archives available to the public. Unearthing these records can be a challenge as the way Aotearoa New Zealand has talked about and accepted LGBTQIA+ people has changed dramatically. By digitising some of the records that we've ...
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Direction to report Direction to report is issued by the Chief Archivist. It is issued when concerns are raised about an organisation’s recordkeeping practices. When this occurs, a notice is given in writing for an organisation report back on the issue specified. This only applies to a public office. Direction to return an estray record A written direction may be issued to an individual i...
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Since our 26 March bulletin on Information management during COVID-19 we have received relatively few inquiries directly related to COVID-19 response. One issue raised is whether a tailored approach to disposal authorisation is required. We are working on that question, though our current view is that changes to existing general and agency-specific authorities are not required. Archives New Zea...
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The New Zealand public sector is required by the Public Records Act 2005 (PRA) to create and maintain full, accurate and accessible records of the affairs of government. Information and records must be accurate and trustworthy, so they can be used now or in the future to enable governments to be held to account. The PRA gives the Chief Archivist an independent role in leading and providing an i...
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Already know what you want? Use the search below or go straight to Archway. Looking for information but unsure where to begin? Plan to visit us? Here's what you need to know in order to start your research journey. What we have Find out about the 7 million archives created and used by the New Zealand Government, dating from around 1840 to the recent past Learn more Researching Learn how t...
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Welcome to the National Film Unit (NFU) Collection. Here you can look through the NFU listings and search for specific films. This page lists the NFU holdings at Archives NZ from 1941-1989. All NFU films are also listed on Archway. To find out more information on a film or to request a copy please visit our Audiovisual research guide . The old NFU wiki has been archived and can be accessed thro...
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As of Tuesday 22 September, most of New Zealand will be at COVID-19 Alert Level 1. Auckland will remain at Alert Level 2. You can read more about what this means on the COVID-19 website. Because of this, our Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin reading room services will be fully restored. The opening hours are: Wellington: Monday and Tuesday – closed; Wednesday to Friday – open 9.00am – 5.00pm...