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Suspension of physical transfers to Archives New Zealand's Wellington repository

Posted by Archives New Zealand on 30 May 2017

Archives New Zealand advises that it has suspended the transfer of physical records to its Wellington repository at Mulgrave Street until 1 December 2017.  

Why is this happening?

A programme of remedial work will be undertaken to repair and replace damaged shelving in the repository following the Kaikōura earthquake.  This will ensure we continue to meet our Health and Safety obligations and to put in place some interim storage solutions.

The storage space currently available is needed to allow us to move archives away from areas of remedial work to ensure appropriate archival care. This means some areas of the repository may be temporarily unavailable while this work is undertaken. 

Who will this affect?

The suspension affects public offices that were intending to transfer physical records to the Wellington repository.

Transfers to the Auckland and Dunedin repositories are not affected. The Christchurch repository continues to have extremely limited ability to accept transfers.

Transfers of born-digital records are not affected.

We thank you for your patience while this work is undertaken.  If you have any specific questions please email




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  • Eamonn Bolger 20/11/2017 9:42am (19 months ago)

    It will be useful to have confirmation about when records transfers to Archives NZ will resume as there have been suggestions that the 1 December suspension date may be extended. This is especially concerning for agencies keen to transfer records (25 years and older) which are subject to mandatory transfer under the Public Records Act (s21).

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