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Archives New Zealand Restructuring

ARANZ has significant concerns about the proposed restructuring of Archives New Zealand and is working on a number of fronts to raise awareness and secure a better outcome.

This section provides updates on our actions, access to documents produced by ARANZ and links to other useful websites.

We would also like to draw your attention to an article by Dr Julienne Molineaux in the latest issue of our journal, Archifacts. Part 1 of a two- part article, it is based on research carried out by Dr Molineaux on the last attempt to restructure Archives New Zealand, and provides interesting context for the current government’s proposal. Look out for Part 2 in the next issue of Archifacts.

Archives New Zealand Restructuring History of ARANZ actions to date

In order to keep members and other interested parties informed on what ARANZ is doing in relation to the proposed amalgamation of Archives New Zealand with National Library into the Department of Internal Affairs, we have compiled a chronicle of our key actions to date (30.1 KB PDF).


August 14

ARANZ submitted its comments on the Report to the Governance Group

August 11

ARANZ sent members a link to the Summary Analysis Report on the first phase of the programme to integrate Archives NZ, DIA and the National Library and invited feedback.

July 17

Communique on latest actions sent to members and posted on ARANZ Website

July 7

Council members meet with the Integration Governance Group

July 1

Public meeting organised by ARANZ Auckland Branch, with Acting Chief Archivist, Greg Goulding, and the Acting Grp Mgr Regional & Access Services from Archives New Zealand

May 19

Position Paper emailed to members and key interested parties, posted on NZ Records listserve

May 10

Position Paper issued

May 6

Council met with Acting Chief Archivist, Greg Goulding

May 4

OIA requests to Minister for State Services and State Services Commissioner

April 2-6

Discussions with LIANZA President

March 30

Email to ARANZ members suggesting they write to local MPs

March 26

Press release issued (copied to NZ Records listserve and members)

March 14

Interview with Lyn Freeman on National Radio’s Arts on Sunday programme

March 8

Press release issued (copied to NZ Records listserve, Opposition MP Associate Spokesperson on Arts, Culture and Heritage)

March 6

President interviewed by Dominion Post reporter and comment reported in main morning news on Radio NZ

March 2

President interviewed by Otago Daily Times reporter


December 15

Press release issued

December 7-15

Position paper posted on website, emailed to members and posted on NZ Records listserve

November 13

Article written and submitted to Dominion Post

November 9

Meeting with Opposition MP Associate Spokesperson on Arts, Culture and Heritage

November 2

President interviewed by Dominion Post reporter

October 22

OIA request to State Services Commissioner requesting information about the machinery of government review

September 9

Letter to State Services Commission requesting information about non-appointment of Chief Archivist.


Department of Internal Affairs' website on the integration of Archives NZ & National Library under DIA

On this website you can get information about the Government’s decision to integrate Archives New Zealand, the National Library of New Zealand and the Department of Internal Affairs and the subsequent implementation programme.

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