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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, 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 at the National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Wellington on 20 May. Entry is free. He Tohu is presented by Archives New Zealand and the National Library of New Zealand.

For further information visit https://natlib.govt.nz/he-tohu

8 November 2016

The UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Trust is delighted to announce four new inscriptions to the New Zealand documentary heritage register.

The successful inscriptions are:

The Sir John Logan Campbell Papers (the Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate and Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum)

The Katherine Mansfield Literary and Personal Papers (Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington)

Waipu Scottish Migration Collection (Waipu Museum)

Lance Richdale Papers (Hocken Collections, Dunedin)

see our press release

25 November 2015

The UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Trust is delighted to announce two new inscriptions to the New Zealand documentary heritage register for 2015.

The successful inscriptions are: 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) and the Pickerill Papers on plastic surgery (nominated by the Hocken Collections, Otago University, Dunedin).

Read more in our press release.

The Edmund Hillary Collection has been inscribed on the International Memory of the World Register.  Read more

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December 2014 - UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Committee Announces Three New Inscriptions:

A Korao no New Zealand, or the New Zealander’s First Book, (Auckland Museum)

Mobile Unit – New Zealand Oral History, 1946-48 (Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision)

Dr Thomas Moreland Hocken’s Church Missionary Society records  (Hocken Collections, Otago University, Dunedin)

Memory of the World NZ Committee Chair Dianne Macaskill announced the new inscriptions at a function at the Air Force Museum in Christchurch on Monday, 1st December, 2014.

Download the press release to find out more.

The Memory of the World New Zealand Committee is pleased to congratulate The University of Auckland on the recent inscription of "The Western Pacific Archives" on the Asia Pacific Register.  See www.library.auckland.ac.nz.

28 November 2013 - UNESCO Memory of the World NZ Register welcomes three new inscriptions:

The Sir Edmund Hillary Archive (nominated by the Auckland Museum)

God Defend New Zealand Original Score and Lyrics (Auckland Libraries)

Charles Brasch Literary and Personal Papers (Hocken Collections, Otago University, Dunedin).

Memory of the World NZ Committee Chair Dianne Macaskill announced the new inscriptions at a function at the Hocken Library, Dunedin.

Download the press release to find out more.

View related publicity:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9454474/Push-to-protect-Kiwi-heritage

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/283427/unesco-status-brasch-collection

http://www.dunedintv.co.nz/content/united-nations-recognises-dunedin-literary-collection

19 September 2013 - Anniversary of the Electoral Bill For Votes For Women In New Zealand

When Governor Glasgow signed the electoral bill on 19 September 1893 New Zealand became the first self-governing nation in the world where women had won the right to vote.  Please refer to the "New Zealand register" tab for more information.

27 October 2012 - Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO

24 October 2012 - Press release

24 October 2012 - UNESCO Recognition For New Zealand's Documentary Heritage

Māori Land Court minute books from the 19th century and a documentary recording the 1981 Springbok Tour of New Zealand have been inscripted onto the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand register for documentary heritage.

The new inscriptions were announced on 24 October by the chair of UNESCO's Memory of the World Asia Pacific programme, Ray Edmondson.  The minute books and the documentary, "PATU!", tell stories of events from two powerful periods of New Zealand history. They still have an impact on society today and are highly regarded sources of research for historians, Māori researchers, educators and many others in the wider community.

June 2011 - Memory of the world New Zealand launch

New Zealand became part of the international community working to promote the importance of documentary heritage through the UNESCO Memory of the World programme.

This important cultural milestone was celebrated with a launch function on Thursday 30 June at the New Zealand Film Archive to announce the first five inscriptions on the New Zealand memory of the world register.  These included two international inscriptions - The Treaty of Waitangi (1840) and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition, alongside one New Zealand item on the Memory of the World Asia and Pacific register - The Tokyo War Crimes Trials papers 1946-1948.

Also being committed to the Memory of the World at this time are the first two inscriptions on the New Zealand register: the Grey New Zealand Māori Manuscripts - the manuscript, book collection and personal papers collection of Sir George Grey (twice governor of New Zealand); and the manuscript score of Douglas Lilburn’s ‘Overture: Aotearoa’ - an overture for orchestra written in 1940, while Lilburn was a student in London at the Royal College of Music.

UNESCO launched the Memory of the World programme in 1992 to recognise significant documentary heritage in a similar fashion to the way UNESCO's World Heritage list recognises significant natural and cultural sites.

The International Memory of the World Register seeks to identify items of documentary heritage which have worldwide significance. It aims to bring the value and significance of documentary heritage to wider public notice, along with the work performed by libraries, archives and museums in preserving this valuable heritage.

The New Zealand Memory of the World programme is one of over 60 Memory of the World programmes worldwide and was established in 2010 by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The New Zealand committee's members have a broad knowledge of New Zealand’s heritage institutions and communities.

Documentary heritage listed on the Memory of the World registers at international, national and regional level reflects a world-wide diversity of events, cultures and languages in many shapes and forms. It includes the remaining nine minute fragment of Australia's first narrative film 'the Story of the Kelly Gang' (1906), China's golden lists of the Qing Dynasty Examination (1667-1903), records of Indian Indentured Labourers In Fiji (1879-1960), Europe's first printed book the Gutenberg Bible and Fritz Lang's film 'Metropolis' (1927).

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