Information about

The National Library is currently undertaking a project to archive the website


The objective of the project is to have a copy of the publicly available information from , including the photographs, available for browsing online as part of the New Zealand Web Archive.

'Looking for Old Friends?' blog

Read our blog about harvesting the Old Friends website.

Learn about some of the challenges we faced in getting the Old Friends site harvested and accessible. There are some key differences to note between Old Friends before it was decommissioned and the archived version of the site.

Looking for Old Friends? blog

Update: June 2019

The Library’s copy of Old Friends is now available.

Old Friends web harvested website

Using the archived version of Old Friends

If you search the National Library site for Old Friends and then click on the link to the archived copy, you may get a ‘loading…’ message see the image below.

Just wait for the website to open.

Don’t click on ‘Openwayback’ or you’ll get an error message. Some archived sites can take a while to load initially.

Screenshot of 'loading' message on archived copy of Old Friends.

Update: September 2018

The indexing of is complete, but there is further work to be done on the OpenWayback viewer before we can make Old Friends available.

The good news is the Internet Archive has also harvested Old Friends. The link below will take you to a 2015 copy of, which has the Old Friends homepage. You can navigate through the pages from there or find earlier copies.

The later dates tend to show the 'Old Friends has now closed' page. on the Internet Archive

Update: February 2018

In our previous update we mentioned the need to install our new Openwayback viewer before we can make Old Friends available. Part of that involves two indexing processes. In January we indexed all the archived websites in the collection – that took a month to complete. We’re now working to get the final indexing process underway.

Update: August 2017

There are a couple of technical issues we’re working through before we can make Old Friends available. Our current web viewer needs upgrading, so we’ve been testing the new viewer (Openwayback). Old Friends works well in the new viewer. Once the viewer is fully tested, it will be installed in the National Digital Heritage Archive.

We anticipate that Old Friends will be very popular once it’s available, so we’re running some tests to ensure that we don’t overload the system when people start accessing it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some common questions we've been asked about this project:

Q. How will I know when the archived copy of Oldfriends is available?

A. We will add the link to this page once the item is archived. You will also be able to find the site by searching the national library site for “Old Friends” and narrowing your search to the filter “website”.

Q. What content will be harvested and made available?

A. Legal Deposit allows us to make publicly available a copy of the publicly available information on the Old Friends website, including photographs .

Q. Will I be able to contribute to the website or add more content?

A. No. It will be a static archived website, as archived at the time near to closing.

Q. There is content on the site that I want you to take down.

A. We’ve taken a copy of the website as it existed online at the time immediately prior to closing, under Legal Deposit legislation. If you have specific concerns regarding content that is on the site, please email and we will discuss the matter with you.