Media packs and releases
9 March 2021: Documentary heritage celebrated at National Library Auditorium
Significant taonga held by Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o Te Kawanatanga and the Alexander Turnbull Library were two of five inscriptions entered onto the UNESCO Memory of the World Register at a well-attended event at the National Library Auditorium.
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25 February 2021: Mīharo Wonder: Celebrating 100 Years of the Alexander Turnbull Library
Tiny hand-sewn buttons created by prisoners on St Helena in 1803 and a 2.5-metre-high kauri tree capturing New Zealand history are two items on display in Mīharo Wonder: celebrating 100 Years of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
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11 February 2021: Calling NZ authors to register for payments
Each year Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, National Library of New Zealand makes payments to New Zealand authors, illustrators and editors from the Public Lending Right (PLR) for New Zealand Authors fund.
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9 December 2020: Te Awhi Rito NZ Reading Ambassador nominations open
Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa National Library of New Zealand and our partners are calling for nominations for Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people.
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24 November 2020: A century of wonder: An evening of celebrations
A fundraising campaign to repair and clean oil paintings in the Turnbull Library collections was launched by the Turnbull Endowment Trust at the National Library in Wellington last night.
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18 November 2020: New website connects Pacific people to cultural heritage collections
The Pacific Virtual Museum pilot project website, https://digitalpasifik.org/is now live.
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11 November 2020: National Library announces new National Librarian — Te Pouhuaki
Rachel Esson has been appointed as New Zealand’s National Librarian Te Pouhuaki. Rachel takes up the role from within the National Library, where she currently serves as Director for Content Services.
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28 October 2020: Living the Dream: Karyn Hay on New Zealand Music: Lilburn Lecture 2020
The reality of life in New Zealand for musicians and songwriters is highlighted at the National Library next week.
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10 October 2020: One more year for the Poet Laureate
Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa National Library of New Zealand is extending the term of the New Zealand Poet Laureate, David Eggleton, by an extra year due to COVID-19.
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30 July 2020: Music education the focus of two inaugural Lilburn Research Awards
Providing New Zealand music resources to students and performers is the focus of two inaugural Lilburn Research Awards, granted to Mathew Hoyes and Michael Vinten.
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25 June 2020: Anton Killin named as Lilburn Research Fellow 2021
The Alexander Turnbull Library and the Lilburn Trust are delighted to announce that Dr Anton Killin has been awarded the prestigious Lilburn Research Fellowship for 2021.
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29 May 2020: Libraries to help with jobs and community recovery
A major funding package for libraries will allow them to play a far greater role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the economic recovery from COVID-19.
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1 May 2020: Turnbull Library makes iconic score of ‘Overture: Aotearoa’ available online
The original score of Douglas Lilburn’s Overture: Aotearoa has been digitised and is now available online, in celebration of its 80th anniversary and the twentieth year of New Zealand Music Month.
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17 February 2020: Five new collections of New Zealand’s scientific and social history treasures added to the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Register
The newest inscriptions on the prestigious UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Register expand the variety and depth of the Register and brings the number of items inscribed since 2011 to 40.
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18 December 2019: National Library makes more room for New Zealand and Pacific stories
The National Library holds millions of books stored carefully beneath the road under Molesworth St in Wellington and in storehouses outside Wellington.
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10 December 2019: Chris Knox tape archive arrives at Alexander Turnbull Library
The Flying Nun Foundation is delighted to announce that the tape archive of Chris Knox, which captures years of vital musical history, is to be preserved by the Alexander Turnbull Library.
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21 November 2019: Antarctic Treaty 60th anniversary gift to NZ schools - new wall map of Antarctica
The New Zealand Antarctic Society (NZAS) with support from Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has produced a new custom-designed wall map of Antarctica to mark the anniversary of the Antarctica Treaty on 1 December.
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22 October 2019: Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa prioritise collections to preserve New Zealand and Pacific stories
The National Library of New Zealand is looking to find a better home for some of their overseas published books as part of a programme that will ensure New Zealand and Pacific knowledge and memories are collected and preserved for future generations.
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23 September 2019: Rangatahi take part in popular creative writing competition — Smart Alex
‘Outstanding’, ‘high calibre’ and ‘skilfully composed’ — these are some of the words used to describe the incredible creative work of our rangatahi who entered the 2019 Smart Alex competition.
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17 September 2019: Pūkana exhibition open at Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa
A celebration of iconic Māori moments in performance officially opened at the National Library of New Zealand last night.
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17 September 2019: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision moves to the National Library building
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, the audiovisual archive for Aotearoa New Zealand, has announced that its Wellington-based staff will begin work at their new offices within the National Library Building in Wellington on Monday, 23 September.
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10 September 2019: Waiata taking off at Wellington Airport during te wiki o te reo Māori
Beautiful harmonies, melodic symphonies, and goose bump inducing haka will be in the air at Wellington Airport this week.
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23 August 2019: New Poet Laureate announced
The National Library of New Zealand is delighted to announce that David Eggleton of Dunedin is the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2019 – 2021.
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19 August 2019: New central Wellington library space named
The new central city library service being developed in the National Library has been given the name He Matapihi Molesworth Library.
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25 July 2019: The fast pace of a fast-talking PI Poet Laureate
A whirlwind two-year tenure is coming to an end for New Zealand Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh.
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28 May 2019: New Zealand Poet Laureate Award – call for public nominations
The National Library of New Zealand invites nominations for the next New Zealand Poet Laureate.
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16 May 2019: Rip It Up live on Papers Past
Remember when the pub manager killed the power during a gig by Flying Nun Band The
Clean? Were you there when someone sang 'Flick, the Little Fire Engine' at a Toy Love gig?
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9 April 2019: Wahine 50 Charitable Trust’s collected stories donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library
On Wednesday 10 April, Wahine Day, the Alexander Turnbull Library will make available 60 personal accounts of the Wahine disaster collected by the Wahine 50 Charitable Trust as part of last year’s 50th commemorations.
8 March 2019: Warm Pacific Greetings from Smart Alex
Calling all young creative minds! After last year’s success the Smart Alex creative writing competition is back.
4 February 2019: DNA test confirms blank parchment is part of Treaty of Waitangi
A blank piece of parchment (prepared animal skin historically used for writing) believed to have been from Te Tiriti o Waitangi has been confirmed to be so, with DNA analysis proving it shares the same genetic composition as the lower part of the iconic Waitangi sheet.
26 November 2018: Jack Lovelock Papers and Cambodian women oral history inscribed to Memory of the World
Two Alexander Turnbull Library collections have been selected by UNESCO as significant and important pieces of New Zealand memory that should be preserved for all time.
15 November 2018: Holocaust Memorial Exhibition launches in New Zealand
The Children’s Holocaust Memorial will be officially launched at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington on 15 November 2018.
21 September 2018: Alexander Turnbull Library secures significant art archive
The archive of charismatic art dealer Peter McLeavey has been acquired by The Alexander Turnbull Library.
14 September 2018: Smart Alex Creative writing winners announced
Creative minds are flourishing across New Zealand. Secondary school students from across the country were invited to engage with taonga in the Turnbull collections to connect with their heritage and spark their creative minds.
13 July 2018: Flying Nun lands in 100 year old Alexander Turnbull Library
The Alexander Turnbull Library will be striking a chord with music fans this week, after Flying Nun Record’s collection of master tapes touches down safely in its protective vaults. The Turnbull Library is a part of the National Library of New Zealand.
26 June 2018: Hikoi remembering Alexander Turnbull — 1918–2018
Staff and friends of the Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand and Archives New Zealand will walk a memorial hikoi on Thursday 28 June, marking 100 years since Alexander Turnbull's death and the gift of his library to the people of New Zealand.
17 May 2018: Daniel Beban named as Lilburn Research Fellow 2019
The Alexander Turnbull Library and the Lilburn Trust are delighted to announce that Daniel Beban has been awarded the prestigious Lilburn Research Fellowship for 2019.
20 March 2018: Topp Twins exhibition opens at National Library of New Zealand
Iconic Kiwi musicians and entertainers, the Topp Twins, celebrate more than 40 years in the business with a new exhibition at the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa in Wellington this month.
13 March 2018: Rare 15th Century books donated to National Library of New Zealand
A collection of rare books printed more than 500 years ago and valued at nearly $200,000 have been donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.
29 November 2017: Wellington’s heritage institutions are celebrating a UNESCO award
The Alexander Turnbull Library’s New Zealand Official Photographs, World War 1914-1918 and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s Kaleidoscope – a weekly television arts documentary programme 1976-1988, are two new inscriptions on the Memory of the World New Zealand documentary heritage register.
9 November 2017: All Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand now online
A joint project between the Royal Society and the National Library has made the issues of the Transactions from 1961 to 1970 available on Papers Past.
25 October 2017: The Lilburn Lecture 2017: Twin passions for Royal
Indigenous creativity takes centre stage at the National Library next week.
9 Whiringa-ā-nuku 2017: Kua riro mai i a He Tohu ngā tohu hoahoa ā-motu
E whitu ngā tohu i riro mai i a, He Tohu, i Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa i Ngā Tohu Hoahoa Hira Rawa (Best Design Awards) a te Designers Institute of New Zealand i te Paraire te 6 o Whiringa-ā-nuku.
9 October 2017: He Tohu exhibition scoops national design awards
The new permanent exhibition, He Tohu, at the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa scooped seven awards in the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards on Friday 6 October.
26 September 2017: Smoke incident
A minor electrical issue in a plant room in Rugby House, next to the National Library in Molesworth St, triggered a fire alarm late last night.
25 August 2017: NZ's new Poet Laureate announced
The National Library is delighted to announce that the 2017–2019 New Zealand Poet Laureate is Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh.
19 June 2017: New Zealand Poet Laureate Award – call for public nominations
The National Library of New Zealand is inviting nominations for the next New Zealand Poet Laureate.
11 April 2017: Help preserve your local history – get it online!
The National Library is calling on communities to protect their local history through helping digitise historic newspapers.
1 December 2016: Young New Zealanders first to benefit from Te Puna Foundation launch
The new charity has been established to fund new programmes to unlock the value of knowledge held in the National Library and provide greater access to ‘the memory of the nation’.
15 September 2016: Māori Curator awarded National Library of Australia Fellowship
Alexander Turnbull Library's Māori Curator, Paul Diamond has been given an opportunity to enhance description of Māori collections at the National Library of Australia.
15 April 2016: Victoria University and NLNZ offer new maps of human knowledge
A series of free public talks promoted by two iconic Wellington institutions will ask new questions about how to use maps in innovative ways.
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.
28 May 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.
12 May 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.
4 April 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.
30 March 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.
13 February 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.
13 February 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.
30 November 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.
27 November 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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