Niue Island Minister for Public Works Mrs O’Love Jacobsen made a whirlwind visit to Archives New Zealand’s Wellington office on 8 April.
The Minister was requesting a copy of a report on the building of houses in Niue following the hurricane in 1959, compiled by the Architectural Division of the former Ministry of Works. She called into the Archives National Office with Mrs Sisilia Talagi, Niue High Commissioner. They were greeted by Acting Chief Executive and Chief Archivist Greg Goulding and Appraisal adviser Mark Crookston who is the Secretary General of the Pacific Regional Branch International Council on Archives (PARBICA). Mark is one of several Archives New Zealand staff members who have spent time working in Niue, with The Niue National Archives and several government departments on managing their records.
Mrs Jacobsen said she had discovered the report was at Archives New Zealand through the department’s search engine Archway. She is in New Zealand to talk to Niue families in Wellington and Auckland whose houses on the island are now derelict and need to be demolished.
Archives New Zealand archivists located the report, and a follow-up report from 1963, and will be providing Mrs Jacobsen with copies.
Pictured above from left: Mrs Sisilia Talagi, Mrs O’Love Jacobsen, Greg Goulding and Mark Crookston.