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What's New December 2009

Celebrating the partnership with Taranaki iwi

Fri, 18/12/2009 - 1:29pm

Archives New Zealand and Taranaki iwi have celebrated the completion of the 12 month Taranaki Reo Revitalisation project with a ceremony held at Archives New Zealand’s Wellington office on Friday 11 December.
The department and Te Reo o Taranaki Charitable Trust began working together on the project in January 2009. Contributing to the Taranaki Reo Strategy the project provides access to important records, written in te reo Taranaki from 1860 to 1900. Relating to nga iwi o Taranaki the records are held in Archives New Zealand’s Wellington office.
Archives New Zealand’s Acting Chief Executive Greg Goulding welcomed the 40-strong group of representatives from Taranaki iwi. He congratulated them on the success of the project, made possible by the expertise, good will and hard work of all concerned.
“The vision of this project will make these valuable tāonga available to future generations,” he said.
Hemi Sundgren, Chairman of Te Reo o Taranaki, was overwhelmed by the quantity and content of the documents he has seen so far.
"It is only through a positive working relationship with Archives New Zealand that we have been able to access a wealth of relevant information pertaining to all our iwi in Taranaki," he said.

During the ceremony Archives New Zealand handed over the digital images of the archives to the Trust and both parties signed the partnership document.
Te Reo o Taranaki Trust iwi researcher Neavin Broughton has been based at Archives New Zealand’s Wellington office for the duration of the project. He has worked with departmental staff to identify the records and produce digital images for future use by Te Reo o Taranaki.
During the project over 250,000 files have been researched, 50,000 files have been accessed and 1,000 digital images have been taken.
The project is one of several partnerships between Archives New Zealand and iwi, including Ngāi Tahu, Tainui and Tūhoe, which have produced digital material relating to their individual requests.
Pictured below: Taranaki iwi at the ceremony; and Archives New Zealand's Kaumatua Ihai Biddle, Acting Chief Executive Greg Goulding and Government Recordkeeping Acting Group Manager John Roberts during the celebration ceremony at Archives New Zealand's Wellington Office.


Introduction to archives Training Courses

Thu, 17/12/2009 - 11:03am

Introduction to archives Training Courses 
A two-day Introduction to Archives training course is being offered by Archives New Zealand, Te Rua Mahara o Te Kāwanatanga in Dunedin (8-9 Feb 2010) and Christchurch (11-12 Feb 2010).

This course is for people who work in Archives museums, libraries, businesses, community, Māori and iwi groups who want to learn more about the care and management of archives. 
The course topics are:
Day One

  • Introduction: What are records and archives?
  • Definitions, context, terminology
  • Collecting: Policy, issues, methods
  • To Keep or not to keep: Appraisal criteria and procedures
  • Accessioning: Current holdings and new acquisitions

Day Two

  • Revisit first day session concepts
  • Arrangement and description: Key concepts
  • Arrangement and description: Practical session continued
  • Reference and access
  • Sources and resources
  • Storage, Preservation, Conservation
  • Microfilming, electronic media
  • The Community Archive online archival management system
  • Question and answer session - Evaluation

Kylie Ngaropo, Community Archivist, Archives New Zealand
Download the registration forms here in word format:
Introduction to archives Training Course Dunedin 8 – 9 February 2010
Introduction to archives Training Course Christchurch 11 – 12 February 2010


New Zealand Shipping Lists digitised

Tue, 15/12/2009 - 4:33pm

The dedication and commitment of two volunteers, Bill and Glenys Chadderton, has resulted in the digitisation of all the Shipping Lists held by Archives New Zealand.
 Bill and Glenys Chadderton
In November the Chaddertons, representing FamilySearch the largest genealogical organisation in the world, completed the job of digitising some 270,000 Shipping List pages.
The couple have spent nearly 15 months away from their home in Kihikihi to digitise the records which from early next year will be available online to people worldwide. Having the documents online means anyone with an interest in people immigrating to New Zealand can do their research from their own homes.
Digitising the lists had been an opportunity to see the history of New Zealand revealed and they particularly enjoyed finding out information about their own families, the pair said. There were some sad stories, some touching ones and some exciting ones.
The pair acknowledged departmental staff for their support and gave special thanks to conservator Steve Williams who also gave up his own time to prepare the lists for digitisation.
Acting Chief Executive Greg Goulding said the significance of the project will be its impact of those outside Archives New Zealand. He thanked the couple for their generosity of spirit saying they had provided the department with a platform for providing access to these valuable archives.
Until the mid 1970s, most people living in New Zealand were either born here or arrived by ship so the records are of particularly significance and value. Some eight million names appear on the shipping lists which span 132 years from 1840 to 1972. The lists record the names and details of people who came to New Zealand on assisted passages.
Currently the lists are being transcribed and indexed by a pool of 2000,000 volunteers worldwide. From early next year they will start to be available on both the FamilySearch and Archives New Zealand websites.