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As you may be aware New Zealand’s COVID-19 alert has moved into level 4. It is likely that level 4 measures will stay in place for a number of weeks. We will continue to make updates to this page as they are confirmed. You can read more about what level 4 means for New Zealand on the COVID-19 website.

Following the decision to temporarily close our reading rooms, and in reply to the government’s decision to raise the alert level, Archives New Zealand has suspended the following services.

Reading Rooms

All Reading Rooms of Archives New Zealand are closed until further notice.

Government loans and copying/digitisation

Our government loans service and copying/digitisation request service have been put on hold until further notice.

If you have already submitted a request, we will be in touch to let you know its status.

If you have any requests directly related to COVID-19 we can treat these as urgent.

Abuse in Care - Royal Commission of Inquiry

Responses to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into State Abuse have also been put on hold until further notice.

Records in agency custody

If your agency is currently in possession of archives and records, please continue to hold these until we can organise a return.

Please contact the following for information:

  • Auckland:
  • Wellington:
  • Christchurch:
  • Dunedin:
  • We appreciate these are uncertain times and we have taken a lot of consideration into making these decisions. As you will be aware the safety for our people, our customers and our community must be the top priority for us all.

    We will review this decision regularly as the situation evolves and update you accordingly.


    Change in reading room hours

    Opening hours for our reading rooms are:

    • Auckland: Monday and Tuesday – closed; Wednesday to Friday – open 9.00am – 5.00pm
    • Wellington: Monday and Tuesday – closed; Wednesday to Friday – open 9.00am – 5.00pm
    • Christchurch: Monday to Friday – 9.00am – 1.00pm
    • Dunedin: Monday to Friday – 9.00am – 1.00pm

    Find out more on our website - new hours.