The New Zealand Cartoon Archive

The New Zealand Cartoon Archive was launched in 1992 and is situated in the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library, Wellington.

There are over 50,000 cartoons—originals and copies—in the New Zealand Cartoon Archive collection. More than 60 cartoonists are represented, and the archive continues to grow with new digital images added every week.

February’s Memorable Cartoon

Cartoon: Y’know boy… I can remember when Bolger and Peters were deadly enemies!!

For seven long weeks after the 12 October 1996 election the final outcome hung in the balance as New Zealand First negotiated with both Labour and National. In the end, to the country’s surprise, and anger of many of his supporters, Winston Peters signed a detailed coalition agreement with National. He drove a hard bargain, as he also had scores to settle with patronising former colleagues: he was to be deputy prime minister and ‘treasurer’, delivering the budget and nominally senior to finance minister Birch. The insults traded with some enthusiasm and venom prior to and during the 1996 election campaign were replaced by whiskey-sharing bonhomie with PM Jim Bolger during the early months of 1997.

Garrick Tremain, Otago Daily Times, 14 February 1997. ATL: J-065-076

View this cartoon on the National Library of New Zealand website.

The Most in Demand Cartoons

Hannah Benbow, the ATL Research Librarian cartoons, attended the Australasian Humour Studies Network symposium in Ballarat in early February 2017, the Guardians providing travel assistance. She spoke there about the public’s use of the Cartoon Archive.

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Digital Cartoons and Sharon Murdoch

Valerie Love, ATL Research Librarian, Digital Materials, is a specialist in archiving digital cartoons. “Sharon Murdoch, as the only female editorial cartoonist ever published in mainstream New Zealand newspapers, has an especially important perspective to share.”

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