ARANZ Conference (Rotorua, 25-28 August 2018): call for papers by 31 March 2018

Nga Taonga Tuku Iho 2018: A conference on Māori Archives and Records

Join us for Nga Taonga Tuku Iho 2018: A conference on Māori Archives and Records, the National Conference of the Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ), August 25-28, 2018. The conference venue is the Copthorne Hotel, Rotorua.


The theme of the conference is: Māori archives and records. This theme and kaupapa allows for an exploration of the discovery, preservation, description, record keeping, interconnectedness and meaning of Māori records, archives and taonga. The 2018 conference looks to explore opportunities for researchers, communities and organisations to collaborate in the guardianship of knowledge, facilitate researcher engagement and help safeguard our collective past in perpetuity.


Areas of focus, and possible topics, could include:
  • Iwi and community archives
  • Conservation and preservation of collections
  • Preventing and managing disasters
  • Documenting heritage collections and taonga
  • Collection descriptions for indigenous designed databases
  • Record-keeping standards and authority headings
  • Digitising collections
  • Cultural sensitivities and archival ethics
  • Research into Māori collections and archives
  • Displacement of collections and repatriation
  • Collecting archives in a post-Treaty environment
  • Resourcing and funding challenges
  • Ownership and kaitiakitanga
  • Te Reo as part of the record
  • Distributed collecting across institutions and iwi archives
  • Connecting communities through records and archives


This national hui will provide a wonderful opportunity for professional development, learning, seeking new challenges and networking across our communities and professions. The forum should encourage discussion and debate on the connections for individuals and communities through collections, as well as raising relevant issues for the future, and providing various visions for Māori records and archives in the years ahead.


The hui will also include the ARANZ Annual AGM, Special Interest Group meetings, workshops, and the possibility of panel discussions and institution visits.


Proposals for 20 minute papers are invited. Abstracts of 450-500 words and a short bio should be submitted via email to Tiena Jordan, by the 31st March 2018. We will advise acceptance by 1 June 2018. Following the conference, presenters may be invited to submit their contributions for the ARANZ publication Archifacts. Presentations may also be recorded for replay on the ARANZ website.