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Archives & Records

Association of New Zealand

Te Huinga Mahara

Closure of Archives NZ Digitisation Programme and on-demand services

The ARANZ President on behalf of the ARANZ council and members has written to the Chief Archivist, Archives New Zealand, to express the Association's disappointment and concerns regarding the announced closure of their Te Maeatanga Digitisation Programme and on-demand service. 

You can read the President's letter here

Passing of Tom Wilstead

Tom Wilsted, 1943–2024

We have recently received the sad news of the death in Arizona of Tom Wilsted, our first President and Life Member. Tom came to New Zealand in 1973 as Manuscripts Librarian at Turnbull in 1973, departing five years later in 1978. In that time he had large impact on our nascent archives profession, helping inaugurate ARANZ in 1976 and instigating the invitation to Dr Wilfred Smith, Dominion Archivist of Canada, to report on the state of archives in New Zealand.  After returning to the United States, he headed a number of institutional archives, the last at the University of Connecticut. As a prominent consultant on archives collections and facilities, he wrote well received books and was made a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Tom retained a lasting affection for New Zealand, returning several times, most recently in 2017 when he biked the West Coast Wilderness Trail with his long-time friend, Stuart Strachan.

ARANZ Council extends their heartfelt sympathies to Tom's family and friends.

The family have a shared a link to their memorial website here

2024 Conference

The Australian Society of Archivists (ASA), Archives & Records Association of NZ Te Huinga Mahara (ARANZ) and the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council of Archives (PARBICA) extend a warm invitation for you to join us in opening the archives: share your experiences and strategies for achieving this through access, engagement or other innovative avenues.

The conference aims to bring together a wide range of views on what ‘opening’ the archives means; how this has been, or might be, achieved, and when it should not. It is also a space to explore the challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies, increased accessibility, and the acknowledgement of historical and cultural sensibilities.

More info can be found on the conference website

News & Events

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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.

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2024 Conference

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Active Archives

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VUW Focus Group - Mātauranga Māori digital collections/archives in Aotearoa

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Ulster Historical Foundation Geneaology Lecture Tour

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2024 Conference Call For Papers

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ICA Student/EP Webinars

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National Library Service Hours Update

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2024 Conference Annoucement

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Wellington Branch Party

  ARANZ Holiday Party 2023   As the end of the year draws near, we invite you to come grab a drink, play some games, and have a chat with fellow ARANZ Wellington Members.   When: Thursday, 30Read more

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.