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Archives & Records

Association of New Zealand

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Up-to-date information about conferences, training sessions, seminars, talks and exhibitions relating to archives and records keeping.


View and search online for Archifacts from 1974


Useful resources to assist members & their wider understanding of information management


A directory of our ARANZ branches, contact information and office holders


ARANZ is an incorporated society, established in 1976, with the aim of promoting the understanding and importance of records and archives in New Zealand. ARANZ is administered nationally by a Council of elected members. Branches are established in Auckland, Canterbury, Central Districts, Otago/Southland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, and Wellington.

Archivists; record managers; librarians; and other information managers; genealogists; historians; teachers; museum and art gallery curators; religious groups; professional associations; historical societies; businesses; local and central government agencies; and many other interested in the preservation and use of archives and records.

ARANZ is on the lookout for people to come aboard Council

ARANZ has started 2023 with several open portfolio positions on Council: 

  • Treasurer - Manages all things financial for the Association, including managing accounts, liaise with the auditor and recommend changes.

  • Membership - Responsible for maintaining the membership database and mailing lists, organizing the subscription renewals and regularly reporting to Council on membership numbers and any issues.

  • Co-Editor of Archifacts - Assist our current Editor with overseeing the activities of the Archifacts Editorial Board, solicit material for publication, ensure the timely production of Archifacts. 

Volunteers filling any of these roles will have full hand-over notes, one-on-one training time with current portfolio holders and the full support of our knowledgeable Council officers.

While the ARANZ AGM and official election of officers doesn't take place until later this year, this is a chance to join the ARANZ Council and make your mark on the Association. A portfolio on Council is a great way to expand your CV, meet like-minded Information Management professionals and collaborate with leaders in the GLAMiR sector.

For more details please contact ARANZ President

Advice on salvaging memories and treasures

For communities impacted by the ongoing flood events, coupled with the effects of Cyclone Gabrielle, attention may soon be turning to how best to care for damaged belongings such as photographs, books, artworks and music collections. 

Field Conservator Vicki-Anne Heikell from the National Preservation Office, Alexander Turnbull Library, is available to give advice to kaimahi on what steps they can take to salvaging water-damaged memories and treasures. 

We are thinking of the people affected by the recent bad weather.  We know that people will be focused on the circumstances of their immediate whānau and friends. We extend aroha and tautoko to you and the wider community, particularly in the coming days and weeks when attention turns to salvaging whānau memories and treasures. 

A resource on salvaging flood-damaged collections can be found here on the National Library website: Disaster recovery 

There is also specific advice on drying your whānau collections with a one-page printable PDF checklist: Drying your whānau collections 

Whānau wanting advice on salvage of their whānau collections can contact Vicki-Anne directly via mobile phone or email, 

Vicki-Anne’s details:

Vicki-Anne Heikell [Nō Te Whānau-a-Apanui]

Field Conservator  Kaitauwhiro-a-Waho

Outreach Services, Alexander Turnbull Library

M: 027 560 8601

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2023 Ian Wards Prize Nominations

ARANZ is excited to announce that nominations are now open for the 2023 Ian Wards prize. The annual Ian Wards Prize honours the contribution to New Zealand scholarship of Ian McLean Wards, Chief Government Historian 1968-1983. It recognises a published work that makes substantial, imaginative and exemplary use of New Zealand archives and records. Works published in Aotearoa in 2022 are eligible for nomination. Please email your nominations to Danielle Campbell by 31 March 2023 and refer to our website for further details.

Become an ARANZ Member

There are many advantages to membership and it is a key way of engaging with the information management profession and the issues before us.

Help to preserve New Zealand’s archives and records.
Keep you informed about current archives and recordkeeping concerns and initiatives.
Give your concerns a stronger voice through the Association’s submissions and reports.
Grant you access to an informal ARANZ library.

Enable you to meet people who share your interest in archives and recordkeeping who can assist with your information needs.
Enable you to attend branch meetings and seminars.
Entitle you to receive ARANZ publications.
Give you discounted registration for ARANZ annual conferences, that provide relevant programmes of high quality.