Memory of the World: NZ Committee


The NZ National Commission for UNESCO is to establish and maintain a NZ Memory of the World National Committee.

Its responsibilities will be to:

  • propose and coordinate nominations for a Register of NZ documentary and audio visual knowledge;
  • raise awareness and promote the programme through publications and presentations.; and
  • encourage government and private sector sponsorship for specific projects and activities.

The committee will propose and coordinate nominations for a Register of New Zealand documentary and audio visual heritage.

The Treaty of Waitangi 1840 and the Women’s Suffrage Petition 1893 have already been added to the International Memory of the World Register.  While the Tokyo War Crimes Trial Records 1946-1948 is the latest document inscribed on the Memory of the World’s Asia Pacific register.

What is Memory of the World?

Documentary heritage often reflects the diversity of languages, peoples and cultures.  It is the mirror of the world and its memory.  But this memory is fragile.  Every day, irreplaceable parts of this memory disappear forever.

UNESCO launched the Memory of the World Programme to guard against collective amnesia, calling upon the preservation of the valuable archive holdings and library collections all over the world and ensuring their wide dissemination.