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COVID-19 :

From 6pm Wednesday 23 June Wellington will move to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 while the rest of the country stays at level 1. This means our Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin offices will be open as normal. Our Wellington office will be open by appointment only.

Use this form to make an appointment. For more information on accessing our reading rooms under level 2, visit FAQs under COVID-19 Alert Level 2.


Declassified MFAT files released to the public

More than 380 previously classified Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) files held by Archives New Zealand’s Wellington office have been released, in a joint process between the two organisations. Making the files available to the public is part of MFAT’s regular declassification programme, which sees records 25 years and older reviewed and declassified, subject to a vetting process to ensure New Zealand’s interests are protected.

The release includes files created by the Ministry’s head office in Wellington, as well as New Zealand embassies and consulates overseas. It also includes records from other government departments which carried out MFAT functions, such as the Department of Trade and Industry.

The records date from 1906 to the 1990s, and cover a wide variety of topics. You can find more information on the Archives New Zealand website


Maintenance: Due to maintenance in our Wellington repository, you may be unable to order some records through Archway. For further information please contact us through our ask an archivist service.