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What's New October 2010

Rediscovering Christchurch online

Fri, 22/10/2010 - 1:09pm

An online exhibition tracing the settlement of Canterbury has been launched by Archives New Zealand’s Christchurch Regional Office, to mark Beca Heritage Week 2010, the theme of which is On the Horizon: Rediscover the Settlement of our City [Christchurch].

Using documents held at Archives’ Christchurch office, Settlers, Squatters and Surveyors: Shaping the Canterbury Settlement, 1848-1851 tracks the early surveying and preparatory work undertaken by Captain Joseph Thomas and his assistants prior to the arrival of the first Canterbury Association settlers.
The exhibition goes on to tell the story of the arrival of these early settlers in Canterbury, and also that of squatters from Australia, and other parts of New Zealand; and the measures taken by the Canterbury Association’s Agent-General John Robert Godley to accommodate the latter group.
View the Settlers, Squatters and Surveyors: Shaping the Canterbury Settlement, 1848-1851 exhibition.

New archives repository management system now nation-wide

Fri, 08/10/2010 - 8:50am

Archives New Zealand’s new repository management system going live in the Wellington office last week (28 September) marks the completion of the nation-wide upgrade.
This behind the scenes application has been developed to manage and track the location of the records and their usage.
Project Manager Mike Heron said, “the new system brings about some changes to Archives’ online search system Archway.
“Customers need now only register once as a reader. They can then request to view archives at any of our four offices (Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch or Dunedin), and can make this request from their home computer,” Mike Heron said.
Programme Manager Access Services, Denise Williams said, “the new system improves the way staff process orders which will result in more efficient customer service.”
Long-time Wellington office reader, Juliet Scoble said, “the new system seems easy enough to use. It’s definitely a lot quicker; the old process use to be quite time-consuming.”