• February 19, 2021

Message from ARANZ President

Kia ora tātou,

I hope your year has been going well so far although 2021 seems to be accepting the wero laid by 2020 for being the craziest year.

Our hearts and thoughts go to friends and family in Auckland for having to endure the stress of in-and-out lockdowns, even though we are all in this together.

It is a shame that we have to revisit the Levels system right now after having such a wonderful time celebrating Waitangi Day together.

Talking about Waitangi this is also to share how it was a pleasure to see ARANZ taking part in the commemoration of the 181st anniversary in Government House in Wellington. ARANZ was represented by the President, Vic President and, Key Archives Council Member and Queen’s Birthday Honours recipient, Gareth Winters.

Aspects of the speech by the Government-General, Dame Patsy Reddy reflected on our values, including reflect on our citizenship and what that means today and into the future; and working together as our safe way of keeping well.

In her speech she mentioned that she recently came across an official report of meeting between iwi and Premier Richard Seddon in 1894 during a tour he took around the North Island, and how the report recounts how Seddon travelled by horse and waka – and occasionally by rail and steamer – to visit  Māori communities. She reflected on some of the conversations that transpired between Seddon and the communities. 

To me, this was a proud moment to be an archivist, because if the Governor-General could easily access a document today to help her vividly relive events that occurred almost 200 years ago, then some archivists have worked hard to keep those document and the events safe for us today. 

So, let us be proud of our work and the contributions we are making to preserve the future memories of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The reception ended with drinks and food just as it started and a tour in the Government House.

Ngā mihi

Eric Boamah