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Why are personal use access requests on pause?

As Aotearoa New Zealand’s audiovisual archive, we care for a huge range of taonga.

A big part of our resourcing is being re-directed to an urgent, multi-year project to preserve large Crown collections on at-risk magnetic media. You can  read more about that project here. It’s likely that we only have until about 2025 to digitally preserve over 400,000 items or they’ll be lost to future generations of New Zealanders.

Because personal use requests can be very resource-intensive, pausing them will allow us to make faster progress on projects like this, which in the long term will benefit more New Zealanders. It wasn’t an easy decision, but by carefully focussing our resources we can preserve more items and help improve access to the collection in future.

Video message from Ngā Taonga Tumu Whakarae Honiana Love


Other supply requests

Personal use requests are the only ones on pause. All other client supply requests remain unchanged — we are able to supply copies of many collection items on request, based on the format and their intended use. These include educational, cultural, GLAM sector, iwi, community group, charity, research and commercial use requests. If you’re not sure what category your request falls under, please get in touch and we’ll help you work it out.

Thousands of items from our collection are also available online, and if you want to watch or listen to something that is not yet online, you might be able to access it by making an appointment to visit us at the National Library in Wellington should a copy of that item be available.

We are working on making more of the collection available in our online catalogue – we encourage you to sign up to our newsletter for updates on new content, or follow us on Facebook for highlights.

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