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The tāhuhu is the backbone of the whare tupuna (ancestral meeting house), a fundamental structure and metaphor of support for the mahi we are doing in the coming years. The seven projects are the heke (ribs) that extend from the tāhuhu.

Heke Rua Archives

A new purpose-built archives facility in Wellington will house and protect our memory of government and taonga and provide specialist facilities for conservation and digitisation. The building will be connected to the National Library by a link bridge, allowing for easy transfers between buildings and better collaboration.

Taranaki Whānui Te Atiawa representatives and design agency Tihei have worked alongside Warren & Mahoney to co-design the building with a te ao Māori world view, connecting the building to the whenua it sits on and acknowledging the people that lived here before.

Find out more about this new state-of-the-art archival repository and watch the Te Tai Awatea, ground-breaking announcement.

Heke Puna Library

Alterations to the current National Library building will enable co-location and greater collaboration between Archives New Zealand, the National Library of New Zealand and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. This project is also core to the creation of a vibrant new campus-like setting where visitors can access and learn about our nation’s recorded and documentary heritage with the three major institutions in one place.

Architects Studio Pacific and design agency, Tihei (on behalf of Taranaki Whānui) are co-designing the National Library alterations alongside the Department of Internal Affairs. Subject to Budget 2023 funding, the National Library building alterations are likely to begin in late 2023 with the building expected to open early-2026.

Regional Shared Repository

A fit-for-purpose, resilient and sustainable facility in Taitoko Levin, the new regional shared repository will provide specialist preservation storage across the National Library, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and Archives New Zealand. The facility will store low-use, digitised documentary and audio-visual heritage and taonga. It will also enable Archives New Zealand to recommence transfers of government records.

The Department are engaging and collaborating with Muaūpoko Tribal Authority who will co-design the new facility with Architectus. Subject to Budget 2022 funding, construction of the new storage facility is likely to begin in early 2023 with the building expected to open mid-2026.

Archival Integrated Management System

The Archival Integrated Management System (AIMS) project is taking the existing data of over a billion data points from Archive New Zealand’s four online databases and combining these into one collections system. Because our data is about taonga tuku iho, it is stored in Aotearoa to ensure data sovereignty.

AIMS has partnered with Axiell Pty Ltd to develop the new collections system. It is a product that is used around the world by archives, libraries and museums. The new collections system will be delivered early 2022.

Wairere House Exit

Wairere House, an offsite storage facility for the National Library in Whanganui is at the end of its economic life. It requires significant investment to maintain it to a level suitable for the storage of Alexander Turnbull Library collections.

To continue to safeguard the collections, they are being relocated to suitable repository spaces within the Wellington facilities and the proposed regional shared repository in Taitoko Levin. This includes the relocation of newspaper collections, aerial prints and microfilm.

The exit of Wairere House is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

Te Puna Rua Collaboration

The Te Puna Rua Collaboration project will identify and lead operational changes to enable a collaborative approach and new ways of working between Archives New Zealand, the National Library and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

Tāhuhu also provides a platform for collaboration and partnership with other institutions within the wider heritage sector.

Kia Rite

The Kia Rite project handles the logistics required to prepare the holdings and collections for relocation into the new purpose-built facilities: the new Archives New Zealand building and the regional shared repository in Taitoko Levin.

This involves labelling, reboxing where required, reshelving and ensuring the accuracy of the information held in the Archives New Zealand and National Library collections. By creating secure packaging and accurate data we not only ensure the protection of our holdings, but also increase accessibility for staff and the public for years to come.

All holdings will be prepared for relocation by mid-2025.

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