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Scheduled Service Maintenance - Digitised Archives - Wednesday 20 February

Due to scheduled maintenance digitised archives will not be viewable through Archway on Wednesday 20 February between 5pm and 11pm. Archway search remains unaffected.


Wellington Reading Room - Wednesday 20 February

Kia ora, please be advised that on Wednesday 20 February the Wellington Reading Room will open at the later time of 10am.

We apologise for any inconvenience.


Wellington shelving maintenance

From January to June 2019 there will be a programme of shelving maintenance in Wellington that will impact access to some archival holdings. The work will result in the ‘rolling closure’ of storage areas – a small area will be closed for one or two days. You will not be able to order an item using Archway when a storage area is closed (you will receive a message that the item cannot be ordered when you submit the request).

If you have an urgent request or want to confirm that an item is available before your visit to the Reading Room please contact 04 499 5595.


Reader Cards Required

Please remember to always have your Reader Card with you when visiting Archives New Zealand. Before viewing any record in our Reading Rooms you must present your card at the Issues and Returns Desk each time you are issued items.

If you have lost your card, bring photo id to the Reading Room and a new one can be provided.

If you wish to receive a Reader Card for the first time, use the online Register as a Researcher option at