Don’t take the Treaty too lightly – to gauge its weight, just try moving it a few hundred metres

August 21, 2014


Dunno about you, dear reader.

But Alf had been under the strong impression the Treaty of Waitangi is a document of the sort that could be carried from Point A to Point B in a briefcase.

There are three paragraphs and a few signatures.

But if you reckon you could carry it that small distance, think again.

We learn today that a stalled project to shift the Treaty from its current home in Archives New Zealand a few hundred metres up the road to the National Library is resuming.

How far, did they say?

Oh, yes. A few hundred metres.

And how long has it taken so far to get it there?

The project, known as Active Archives, was first announced in 2012 by then internal affairs minister Chris Tremain, but stalled in December last year when the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) said it would not meet its deadline.

We must suppose the delivery was entrusted to Snail Mail and the snail has taken longer than a snail should, perhaps because it was kidnapped by French persons to be eaten.

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Culture shock at the Alexander Turnbull

April 15, 2009

Almost missed it, in my breeze through the Dom-Post yesterday, but it contained a cautionary tale about curious goings-on at the Alexander Turnbull Library, the nation’s research library within the National Library.

Jim Traue, a former chief librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library, tells us moves are afoot to turn the place into a digital Disneyland, so help us.

It looks suspiciously like building up the entertainment side of the library will be done at the expense of the research side.

Yep. Some staff are grumbling, but

An attitude change expert has been appointed, a “culture survey” compiled and a programme of “people change” is under way to rehabilitate the critics.

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