New preservation storage facility to safeguard our taonga
A new specialised storage facility in Levin will help to meet the growing needs of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, the National Library of New Zealand and Archives New Zealand.
The Department of Internal Affairs has purchased land for the new repository, which will provide more space for the growing holdings and collections of these three institutions.
'The purpose-built facility will provide the level of protection and care our documentary heritage needs. The development will also provide employment opportunities for the local construction workforce,' says the Department’s Deputy Chief Executive and Tāhuhu Programme Executive, Peter Murray.
The construction of the new repository is subject to further funding decisions; however, design work will commence immediately, and the building is scheduled for completion in 2025.
The new facility will hold low-use documentary heritage, including collection items that have been digitised and are accessible online, it also covers audio-visual material, government records, books, microfilm, films and much more.
The repository will provide specialised lighting, temperature and humidity control storage space, and security and protection from risks such as water damage, fire, earthquakes and pests.
'With our audiovisual heritage safely stored in a purpose-built facility, New Zealanders can be confident that the taonga and cultural memory of the nation will be preserved for future generations,' says Ngā Taonga Tumu Whakarae Honiana Love.
This storage facility is part of Tāhuhu: Preserving the Nation’s Memory – a larger programme of work that also includes a new Wellington Archives building which will be connected by an airbridge to the National Library to enable co-location and greater collaboration between Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, the National Library and Archives New Zealand.