Funding of $35 million has been provided to continue the Preserving the Nation’s Memory programme, including initial work on new infrastructure for the National Library Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa and Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, to ensure the nation’s archival and library materials are preserved.
Additional funding of $53 million has been provided to address the increasing cost pressures facing these two institutions in order to maintain public access to, and use of, our country’s documentary heritage materials and public accountability of government.
The provision of funding to Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision to enable the digital preservation of the audio-visual archive is also very positive.
LIANZA looks forward to supporting the National Library Communities of Readers initiative, supported by the $1 million fund announced pre-Budget announcement.
It is disappointing that, after nearly a year, there is no specific provision for National Archives and Library Institutions (NALI) in Budget 19 or an update on the next steps for NALI, which aimed to strengthen the contribution of our national archives and libraries to New Zealand’s culture and democracy.
As a stakeholder in this work, on behalf of the library sector, LIANZA looks forward to a conclusion to this work and decisions that will set a path for the future, give these institutions the independence to play a leadership role and champion cooperative national initiatives. NALI services to the nation and society are vitally important to well-being outcomes across literacy and life-long learning, digital citizenship, cultural identity, innovation and new knowledge and ensuring freedom of access to information for an open democracy.