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What's New February 2010

Future Perfect: Digital Continuity Conference 2010

Tue, 09/02/2010 - 9:45am

The future is here! Future Perfect: Digital Continuity Conference 2010
The draft programme is now available.
Registrations for the Southern Hemisphere's Premier Digital Preservation Event are now open.
To register or just to find out more visit our website at:
Monday 3 - Wednesday 5 May 2010,
Wellington Convention Centre, Wellington, New Zealand

Treaty of Waitangi on display at Archives New Zealand in Wellington

Tue, 02/02/2010 - 4:04pm

Saved from fire, rats and water damage the original 1840 Treaty of Waitangi is on view this Waitangi Day, 6 February at Archives New Zealand National Office in Wellington.
“Te Tiriti o Waitangi came into the care of Archives New Zealand in 1981 and we are opening on Waitangi Day this year to give people the opportunity to see the Treaty on this special day,” said Greg Goulding, Acting Chief Executive Archives New Zealand.
“Regarded as the founding document of modern New Zealand the Treaty is on display in the Constitution Room with other documents which depict this country’s growth from colony to nation,” he said.
“Many people don’t realise the Treaty is a collection of nine documents, seven on paper and two on parchment. Together they represent an agreement drawn up between representatives of the British Crown on the one hand and representatives of Māori, iwi, and hapu on the other.
“Te Tiriti o Waitangi is named after the place in the Bay of Islands where it was first signed on 6 February 1840. In the following months it was also signed in a number of other locations around the country making up the nine documents we hold.
“Saved from the fire that burnt the government offices in Official Bay, Auckland in 1841, the documents were held until 1865 in an iron safe in the Colonial Secretary’s office, first in Auckland and then in Wellington.
“They went into storage in 1877 and when they were rediscovered in 1911 by Dr Thomas Hocken in the Wellington Government Buildings they were found damaged by water and rodents. Restoration work was carried out and they were placed in the care of the Department of Internal Affairs before coming to the National Archive in 1981.

“As the official guardian of this country’s public records Archives New Zealand collects, stores and protects a range of material including important heritage documents. All the Treaty documents were moved into the specially constructed Constitution Room in 1990 where they are on permanent display.
“In 2000 the Treaty was listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. In 2010 we are also 170 years on from when the Treaty was first signed.”
Entry to Archives New Zealand, 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington, is free and the Treaty will be on display on Waitangi Day from 10.00am until 4.00pm with talks throughout the day.
More information about the Treaty of Waitangi and future viewing hours can be found at: