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Nominations to this year’s UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand documentary heritage register close on 31 August.

The Nomination form is available here.

The Memory of the World New Zealand Trust Chair, Dianne Macaskill, says:

“the Trust is looking forward to seeing what documentary heritage treasures will be nominated this year."

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.

The New Zealand Memory of the World Programme is grateful for the support of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.