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20 November 2019

The Archives New Zealand team and Axiell
The Archives New Zealand and Axiell teams

Archives NZ partners with Axiell to improve access to New Zealand's archives heritage

Today Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga welcomed a new partnership with Axiell, the world’s leading supplier of software to the cultural sector, to manage their unique archives. Archives New Zealand will replace their collection management and search tool, Archway, with Axiell Collections so that Archives staff can work more efficiently, and New Zealanders can have better access to the nation’s taonga and public archives.

Archives New Zealand preserves and protects more than seven million official records, from 19th century treaties to 21st century documents and data. Their goal is for all New Zealanders to easily access and use this taonga while connecting to their history, stories, rights and entitlements – now and for the future.

Richard Foy, Chief Archivist welcomes the new partnership with Axiell saying, “Plans for a new Archives building to improve the protection of and access to some of New Zealand’s most significant and valuable documents is underway through the government programme Preserving the Nation’s Memory.

“Axiell’s software will not only give people better access to our nation's history but will also enable staff to easily relocate records between physical locations in real time making the transition between the old and new buildings far more efficient.

The new portal based on Axiell Arena will make discoverability and access to the archival collections easier for customers, which include: writers, academics, legal researchers, professional historians, journalists, genealogists, and film and documentary makers. In addition, Axiell will establish a hosting centre in the region, which meets the high security standards the institution and the New Zealand government holds. 

Being in partnership with Axiell will provide Archives New Zealand with the flexibility to upgrade and improve their systems, and to create the best possible user experience. The Axiell Collections “off the shelf” software suite will allow better management of Archives born-digital records.

Joel Sommerfeldt, President & CEO of Axiell Group, says, “We’re extremely proud to be selected as a partner to Archives New Zealand. Our mission is to make a sustainable difference by helping to create communities that are conscious, informed and culturally rich. Our customers provide services that shape democracy, culture, literacy and education and we have made it our business to lead the digitization of these services, making them more accessible and attractive to their consumers.”

Archives NZ and Axiell will begin work on the new platform this week. The work is estimated to take just over 18 months, launching in the first half of 2021.

We will be looking to talk to user groups as we implement this system. If you are interested in being involved, please contact us.

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