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National Archival and Library Institutions Ministerial Group

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Performed by Irene Ainsley, New Zealand contralto, with piano.

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Smart Alex

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Creative writing competition for secondary school students

Enter the Smart Alex competition and win great cash prizes.

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Look after special items

Learn how to take care of your precious photographs, books, and digital documents with advice from the National Preservation Office.

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Get National Library materials sent to your local library by making an interloan request.  And more.

Our strategic directions

Turning knowledge into value: this is the National Library's strategic direction to 2030.

See how we're aiming for big changes in taonga, knowledge, and reading.

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Turnbull Ephemera

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Turnbull Rare Books

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National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa
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