Wellington is running out of space for some of New Zealand’s most important artefacts.
New Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin has been warned by officials that Archives NZ will run out of storage space for taonga in 2020, and the National Library by 2030.
Between them, the two institutions hold $1.7 billion worth of national treasures. The figure is growing, according to briefing papers Martin received from the Department of Internal Affairs when she took office after the general election.
Peter Murray, deputy chief executive of information and knowledge services at Internal Affairs, confirmed on Thursday: “Archives New Zealand is practically full and is no longer accepting transfers from government agencies who continue to hold them until capacity is available at Archives NZ.
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