Media packs and releases
5 January 2016: Historic South Island and Māori newspapers on Papers Past website
The National Library announces latest collection of newspapers that have been digitised and added to the Papers Past website.
14 October 2015: NLNZ opens a new programme on the cartography of New Zealand
A new exhibition showcasing the history of maps in New Zealand will open tomorrow at the National Library.
11 August 2015: New Poet Laureate announced
The National Library is delighted to announce Christian Karlson Stead of Auckland as the new Poet Laureate for 2015 - 2017.
4 May 2015: Call for nominations for the new Poet Laureate
The National Library of New Zealand is inviting nominations for the 2015-2017 New Zealand Poet Laureate.
2 April 2015: Services to Schools transformation
The National Library takes next step to modernise Services to Schools.
28 November 2014: Lilburn Research Fellow 2015 announced
The Lilburn Research Fellowship for 2015 has been awarded to Wellington writer and radio producer Chris Bourke.
18 August 2014: The Poet Laureate Programme presents Notes from the Front
The premiere of a World War 1 song cycle by Ross Harris and New Zealand’s Poet Laureate, Vincent O’Sullivan, will be performed at Wellington’s historic Old St Pauls.
3 August 2014: Opening the files on World War 1
More than 141,000 World War 1 service files are now available online, adding to the wealth of information made available by Archives New Zealand and the National Library.
5 July 2014: An imaginary Antarctica at the Turnbull
An extremely rare copy of the first book to be printed in Antarctica is a feature of the latest Turnbull exhibition.
13 June 2014: Get the insiders’ guide to innovation
Some of Wellington’s most creative minds explore the link between creativity and innovation at the National Library.
27 March 2014: Singapore adopts NZ search service
A pioneering search service developed by DigitalNZ group has been adopted for use by the Singapore Government.
18 March 2014: DigitalNZ makes Radio New Zealand catalogue more accessible
Radio New Zealand’s vast catalogue of over 150,000 interviews and news items is now more accessible thanks to a new partnership with DigitalNZ.
7 November 2013: Historian Beaglehole’s letters now available
A wonderful insight into New Zealand’s cultural life in the middle decades of last century is revealed in Professor John Cawte Beaglehole’s letters.
21 October 2013: Fairytale facts
The story "Fairytale sex off the shelves" in the Sunday Star Times and Stuff (20 October 2013) is incorrect in saying that the graphic novel Lost Girls was 'pulled from the National Library Catalogue'. The story has now been corrected online.
16 October 2013: Booker win can inspire others
The success of Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton should inspire aspiring writers of all ages to start writing the next great New Zealand novel.
30 September 2013: Next in Line: The Young Cartoonist Award opens
You are invited to take a close look at New Zealand’s social and political landscape through the eyes of up-and-coming cartoonists at the next exhibition at the Turnbull Gallery.
23 September 2013: Central Otago newspaper helps Papers Past reach 3 million pages
Historic editions of the Mt Ida Chronicle are among the more than three million pages of New Zealand newspapers now available online.
16 August 2013: New Laureate announced on Poetry Day
Vincent O’Sullivan is New Zealand’s new Poet Laureate.
29 July 2013: From logs to blogs
Logs to Blogs: Diaries from the Turnbull Library opens in the Turnbull Gallery at the National Library in Wellington on 29 July.
12 July 2013: Burt Munro’s pistons and Katherine Mansfield’s typewriter
The pistons were made by New Zealand motorbike racer Burt Munro, and they are as much a part of the collection as Katherine Mansfield’s typewriter.
1 July 2013: Helping save our local history
The National Library is inviting groups from throughout New Zealand to apply to have their historic newspapers digitised and put online as part of the Library’s Papers Past project.
18 June 2013: A fresh look at women in Aotearoa New Zealand
Tirohia Mai / Look At Us Now is the first exhibition in 20 years to focus on the contribution of women to making New Zealand what it is today and will be tomorrow.
17 June 2013: Nominations called for Poet Laureate
The National Library of New Zealand is inviting nominations for the next New Zealand Poet Laureate.
10 June 2013: Snapshot of heartland New Zealand on Papers Past
From colonial Lyttelton to pre-Second World War Upper Hutt, the latest additions to the Papers Past website offer a fascinating cross-section of life in 19th and 20th century New Zealand outside the main centres.
May 28, 2013: Songs of protest at the Turnbull
New Zealand’s rich history of protest music is featured in an exhibition designed to be seen and heard, at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.
May 12, 2013: 40 years of history from the pages of the NZ Herald
The New Zealand Herald’s coverage of some of the most significant and dramatic events in the history of New Zealand, including the First World War, is being made freely available on Papers Past.
April 4, 2013: Real story behind Hollywood’s Argo donated to Turnbull Library
A document throwing light on the dramatic, real-life story of how New Zealand diplomats helped save the American hostages featured in the movie Argo has been donated.
March 30, 2013: Unpublished D. H. Lawrence manuscript discovered in Turnbull Library
A previously unknown piece by celebrated literary giant D. H. Lawrence has been discovered in papers recently made available by the Alexander Turnbull Library.
February 13, 2013: Alexander Turnbull’s parents reunited for Valentine’s Day
The parents of Alexander Turnbull will be reunited tomorrow when two large oil paintings of them are hung in the newly refurbished National Library.
February 13, 2013: Newly discovered Mansfield story in Turnbull Library
A previously unknown story by Katherine Mansfield has been discovered in papers recently made available by the Alexander Turnbull Library.
November 30, 2012: Big Data opens new-look National Library
A suitably immense subject is the opening public programme for the newly refurbished National Library building on Wellington’s Molesworth Street.
November 27, 2012: Reopening Molesworth Street
The National Library is reopening its Molesworth Street home to the world. See Te Ahumairangi, the Library's new ground floor space, for the first time. Grab photos, background information, and media releases.
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