Closure of Archives New Zealand digitisation programme

Closure of Archives New Zealand digitisation programme

The Chief Archivist has announced that Archives New Zealand will be closing its digitisation programme and on-demand digitisation service on 30 June 2024: 

https://www.archives.govt.nz/about-us/whats-new/closure-of-te-maeatanga-digitisation-programme-and-on-demand-service

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/516474/archives-nz-says-it-has-enough-space-for-now.

This announcement comes on top of another recent decision, not to proceed with the planned archival storage facility near Levin: https://www.stuff.co.nz/nz-news/350250791/121m-already-spent-government-storage-facility-project-levin-axed. It also follows reductions in opening hours at Archives reading rooms a few years ago. These earlier decisions were explained in relation to Archives’ focus on digitisation, which it is now abandoning.

In addition, there have been announcements of job cuts at the National Library which, like Archives New Zealand, is part of the Department of Internal Affairs.

The PHANZA committee will be considering how to respond to these decisions, and welcomes input from PHANZA members. Members in Wellington may also like to attend this protest, organised by the Public Service Association (PSA), about the ending of the digitisation programme and related issues:

Where: Outside the National Library on the cnr of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Wellington
When: Tuesday 14th May
Time: 8:00-8.30 am

Everyone is welcome to attend – you don’t need to be a PSA member.