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Nominations for 2017 inscriptions to the New Zealand Register have now closed.

Watch the youtube video about Pictorial Parade (One of our MOW inscriptions)

Listen to the radio interview with MOW Chair Dianne Macaskill (select ARTS WK33)

Samuel Marsden's Diary

On 18  August 1820, during his third voyage to New Zealand, Samuel Marsden describes in his diary being offered a cat to eat, and having to explain the status of cats as a foodstuff in the European culture of the time. This is perhaps the earliest documentary record of a population of cats present in New Zealand, and certainly the first mention in the Hocken Collections.  You can view the original entry on the Marsden Online Archive at www.marsdenarchive.otago.ac.nz. The diary is part of Dr Thomas Hocken’s Church Missionary Society papers, which were added to the UNESCO Memory of the World register in 2014. Full story here.

20 May 2017

Three of New Zealand’s iconic documentary heritage items inscribed on UNESCO Memory of the World registers are in their new home at He Tohu, the new exhibition space at the National Library in Wellington. The 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand, the 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition – Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine, were moved from Archives New Zealand to He Tohu, last month.

  • He Tohu, sheds fresh light on the three iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand and preserves these powerful taonga for future generations.
  • He Tohu is presented by Archives New Zealand and the National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Wellington. Entry is free.
  • For further information visit https://natlib.govt.nz/he-tohu

The Memory of the World New Zealand register currently lists 20 inscriptions of significant documentary heritage.  Their custodians include heritage institutions in our main cities, small towns and private collections. All greatly contribute to the story of our nation’s history and heritage and are significant to the identity of New Zealanders today.

Advantages of inscription on the New Zealand/Aotearoa MOW register include:

  • Ensuring that our history and our stories are not forgotten
  • Highlighting the significance of the information /knowledge contained in collections
  • Recognition by an independent organisation (UNESCO)
  • Public recognition of the importance of documentary heritage
  • Publicity and promotion for your institution
  • To be part of an international network of the most important documentary heritage in the world
  • Increased possibility of attracting resources (to care for, preserve and promote the collection)
  • Raised awareness of the work done by custodians of documentary heritage
The criteria for inscription and the process for submission (including a nomination form) can be found under the “Nomination” tab above.  If you are uncertain whether your documentary heritage meets the criteria or have any questions please email "enquiries@unescomow.org.nz" and a member of the Committee will contact you. Read more...