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In November the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Trust announced two new inscriptions to the New Zealand documentary heritage register:

  • He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni the 1835 Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand (nominated by Archives New Zealand)
  • The Pickerill Papers on plastic surgery (nominated by the Hocken Collections, University of Otago, Dunedin).

The New Zealand Memory of the World Programme raises the profile of the importance of New Zealand's documentary heritage. It highlights the value of documentary heritage for understanding the New Zealand experience, and supports economic growth and transnational links.
Advantages of Inscription on the New Zealand/Aotearoa Memory of the World Register are:

You can find out more about the inscriptions on our Register page and in our press release.

We were also pleased to announce that The Sir Edmund Hillary archive was inscribed on the International Memory of the World Register. Read more

As an independent organisation, UNESCO raises public recognition of the value and significant of documentary heritage inscribed on the Memory of the World Register, together with the work performed by libraries, archives and museums in caring for this valuable heritage.  The organisations's promotion and publicity contribute to ensuring our nation's history and stories are not forgotten.

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.

  • Ensure that our history and our stories are not forgotten
  • Highlight 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