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End of Year Event

Annual General Meeting - 2 August 2018

ARANZ Otago and Southland Branch AGM

Thursday -2nd August 2018 from 5.30 pm

Hocken Collections, University of Otago, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin

Guest speaker Michael Findlay of Museograph will discuss ways in which technology is used to display archives in museums and galleries

Please RSVP to: otago/

Celebrating International Archives Day - Display at Dunedin Public Library 5 June-10 June

More info on the day here

Otago Information and Records Management Group

Otago Information and Records Management Group will be on Thursday 15th February at 12:30 at the Dunedin Public Library. Exact location to be confirmed. At this meeting we will make a decision about the ideal time to meet for the rest of the year as well as compile a list of topics that would be of use to discuss over the course of the year.

This group is set up for the Otago/Southland community of Information professionals. It is an initiative of ARANZ Otago/Southland but all are welcome.

Please contact Catherine Barriga at

Christmas Event

Records and Information Management Get Together - 15 November Dunedin

Members of the ARANZ Otago/Southland branch are keen to test the waters and see if there is any interest to develop Information and records management content/meetings/discussions in Otago/Southland to better support the members that work in that area. This is a casual get together where people can meet and discuss thoughts around networking, continuous learning, brainstorming solutions, learning from each other etc.

If you know of any records people in Otago /Southland that are not yet ARANZ members, please pass this on.

If this is something that you would be interested in, please come along for an informal meeting at the Nova Café, Octagon on Wednesday 15th November at 5:30.

If you can't attend but have ideas and are interested in this, please let Catherine know by e-mail. Contact or RSVP to Catherine at

Vogel Street Party - 14 October

Otago/Southland Branch presented an exhibition at the popular Vogel Street Party event in Dunedin on 14 October. Crowds discovered the history of the Warehouse Precinct from the 1860s to the present with ARANZ. People chatted to local experts from archival institutions and hear about their collections. Special thanks to Committee members, Peter, Gwennyth, Emma, Amy, Alison, Peter P. and thanks to Anna from Hocken Collections, Chris from DCC Archives, Rachel from Presbyterian Archives.

Photo credit - Paul S Allen

AGM EVENT 8 August 2017

Annual Report 2017

ARANZ Otago and Southland Branch AGM - 8 August 2017

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AGM 2016

The Otago/Southland Branch AGM was held at Archives New Zealand, Dunedin on 14 September 2016. The 2016/2017 committee was voted in with a number of new faces, and author David Still gave a very interesting talk about the history of the Waipori Goldfields.

On 1 December 2016 the branch celebrated the 40th anniversary of ARANZ at a function held at Dunedin Public Library. Peter Miller introduced a panel of three speakers who spoke about their experiences and reminiscences over the 40 years since the Association's inception. Stuart Strachan talked about establishing the Association both locally and nationally, setting up the Otago/Southland Branch, its role in the region and what it did in its first years. Eleanor Leckie told us about her time on the branch committee, what she saw as the purpose of ARANZ as a user, and activities which could help local researchers in the future. Finally, John Timmins spoke about his time on the Branch committee, his view on the purpose of ARANZ, its successes and failures and what he saw for the Branch's future. A slide show of photos of previous branch events ran in the background throughout the evening which was also a social event and took the place of our usual Christmas event.

The first committee meeting for 2017 will be held on Thursday 16 February, at which events for the coming year will be discussed.

40th anniversary event
Stuart Strachan
Stuart Strachan cutting the 40th Anniversary cake.
40th Anniversary Panel
The panel of speakers, John Timmins, Stuart Strachan and Eleanor Leckie, led by Peter Miller.

Branch Committee 2017-18

Chair/President: Gwennyth Anderson

Emma Knowles


Alison Breese

Amy Coleman

Peter Miller

Peter Petchey

Catherine Barriga

Yvonne Wilkie

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AGM Minutes and Reports

2016 Annual General Meeting Minutes (PDF 279KB) - unconfirmed

2016 Annual Report (PDF 376KB)

2016 Financial Report (PDF 68KB)

2016 AGM Agenda (PDF 170KB)

Previous Minutes and Reports are available in ARANZ Archive

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