General Report to ARANZ Branches, 18 July 2020
The Community Archive Discussion Group had its first meeting on Thursday, 9 July. The discussion centred around the amendment of questions and the acknowledgement of the history of NRAM. Survey questions are now being finalised and added to an online survey form. The survey will be sent to ARANZ members and the wider research community soon.
The ARANZ AGM for 2020 has now been set for Friday, 25th September 2020 at the Hocken Library – Seminar Room, Dunedin. The AGM will begin at 5pm with drinks and nibbles, with a 5:30pm AGM start time. The agenda includes a presentation of activities for the year by Council members, election of officers and the awarding of scholarships and prizes. There will also be a discussion on the topic of the Community Archives and outcome of the survey sent to members and researchers. This will be followed by a back of house tour of the Hocken Library. On Saturday, 26th September Council will have its first meeting and planning session for the financial year, also at the Hocken Library. Council wishes to acknowledge the Southland/Otago Branch for booking the venue and arranging logistics for the AGM.
Our Archifacts editor, Katrina Tamaira, has been hard at work. Archifacts Winter 2019 edition is now with the printers, with the hardcopy proof ready for viewing. will be printed. An e-mail with PDF has been drafted and been sent to members, with a link on the ARANZ Facebook page. The Summer 2019 edition is nearly ready for publishing, with a call for papers for the dual 2020 issue being sent out soon. Jessica and Flora will be standing down from the editorial board of Archifacts after the latest issue is released – we thank both for their hard work and dedication to the publication. The latest ALERT, managed by Nina Whittaker, will be sent out by the end of the month, as per our quarterly schedule.
Finally, we Council would like to acknowledge the long-standing membership of two ARANZ members. Sister Stephanie Kitching has been a member of the Wellington Branch since 2006 and been a great contributor to the region. Eleanor Leckie, QSM, joined ARANZ in 1976 and was an original member of the Dunedin group. She was most recently involved in voluntary transcribing and indexing at the Presbyterian Archives. We thank both members for their dedication to the archives and records sector and membership with ARANZ throughout the years. If your branch or any members have any comments, questions, or concerns, please get in contact with myself or a member of ARANZ Council. Thank you for your continuing support.
Evan Greensides – Branch Liaison, ARANZ Council