Memory of the World

UNESCO honours for eight heritage collections

The UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Trust has announced eight new inscriptions to its documentary heritage register. The eight are: Kerikeri Mission Te Reo Slates (nominated by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT) and Nga Uri O Hongi); Marti Friedlander Archive (Auckland Art Gallery), Journals and Papers of Reverend Charles Baker (Auckland War… Read more »

New Chair for Memory of the World New Zealand

Members of UNESCO Memory of the World Aotearoa New Zealand Trust elected a new Chair at its October Annual General Meeting. Bruce Ralston has taken over the reins from Dianne Macaskill, the founding Chair of the Trust, whose term ends in March 2019. Bruce has a 35 year career in the documentary heritage world, including… Read more »

Grey Māori Collection drawings heading to London

Māori drawings from the Grey New Zealand Māori Manuscripts Collection will feature in the Royal Academy of London’s Oceania exhibition, marking 250 years since Captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific. The collection was inscribed onto the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand documentary heritage register in 2011 in recognition of its significance to… Read more »

New Zealand representation at 8th MOWCAP General Meeting

The 8th Memory of the World Committee for Asia (MOWCAP) and the Pacific General Meeting were held in the Republic of Korea from 29 May to 1 June.  A record 28 countries from the Asia Pacific region were represented at the meeting. The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO funded two members of the New… Read more »

Seeking Expressions of Interest: Memory of the World New Zealand register

The UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Trust is calling for Expressions of Interest for new inscriptions to the New Zealand register by 30 April 2018. Advantages of an inscription on the register include: ensuring that our history and our stories are not forgotten highlighting the significance of the information /knowledge contained in collections… Read more »

Seven new inscriptions on UNESCO Memory of the World NZ register

Seven new inscriptions have been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand register. Memory of the World New Zealand Trust Chair Dianne Macaskill announced the new inscriptions at a function at Auckland Libraries on 29 November. There are now 27 documentary heritage collections on the New Zealand register.  Each is a valuable… Read more »

Early cats in New Zealand

When did cats first arrive in New Zealand? A diary entry by Samuel Marsden in 1820, which describes being offered a cat to eat during his third voyage to New Zealand, is possibly the earliest documentary record of a population of cats present in New Zealand. The diary is part of Dr Thomas Hocken’s Church… Read more »

Iconic documentary heritage at He Tohu

Three of New Zealand’s iconic documentary heritage items inscribed on UNESCO Memory of the World registers are in their new home at He Tohu, the new exhibition space at the National Library in Wellington. The 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand,… Read more »

UNESCO honours early New Zealand heritage documents

The papers of Auckland’s founding father Sir John Logan Campbell (pictured right), the Katherine Mansfield Literary and Personal papers, the Waipu Scottish Migration Collection and Lancelot Eric Richdale’s Papers on research of New Zealand seabirds in the early 20th century are this year’s inscriptions onto the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand documentary heritage… Read more »