Since the recent 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, the Archives New Zealand building on Mulgrave Street has been assessed by engineers as structurally sound however some remedial building work to reinforce a damaged non-structural internal wall was required. This work is isolated within an area of the building of later construction and there are no structural concerns with the main frame of the building.
Access to the repository is restricted until the building work has been completed, although staff are able to access some other parts of the building. When repository access is restored, shelving repairs will commence. Therefore, only a limited range of services will be available until late January 2017, when we anticipate a full resumption of services including re-opening of the public reading room (http://archives.govt.nz/archives-wellington-services-update).
Building systems are operating normally. This includes those servicing the Constitution Room, which houses the Treaty of Waitangi, He Whakaputanga and the Women’s Suffrage Petition.
We would take this opportunity to thank users and stakeholders for their ongoing support and patience over this time.