Archives New Zealand

Archives New Zealand works to ensure there is an authentic and reliable record of government. They do this by advising government agencies on how to create and maintain records of their activities and interactions. Archives New Zealand preserves and provides access to records that need to be kept permanently. They are responsible for millions of such items including the Treaty of Waitangi, immigration and legal records, films and photographs.

These records provide essential evidence of people's rights and entitlements, of the government's impact on New Zealand (both positive and negative) since 1840, and of what has happened in the past to individuals, whanau, communities and to society as a whole.

Archives New Zealand has recently acquired defence personel records older than 50 years.

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