Book Guardians Briefing to the Minister of Internal Affairs

Briefing Paper for the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Hon. Jan Tinetti from Ngā Kaitiaki o ngā Pukapuka/Book Guardians Aotearoa, March 2021 Ngā Kaitiaki o ngā Pukapuka/Book Guardians Aotearoa (KP/BGA) was formed in 2020 to channel widespread public opposition to the disposal of the National Library’s Overseas Published Collection (OPC) of 600,000+ books. This briefing … Continue reading Book Guardians Briefing to the Minister of Internal Affairs

A cultural and intellectual impoverishment

Dr Jonathan Lee, scholar of the Near East, writes about the National Library's book culling I am a British-born scholar and New Zealand citizen specializing in the social history of Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Indo-Iranian borderlands and in Islam and Muslim-Christian relations. My doctorate in Religious Studies is from the University of Leeds and … Continue reading A cultural and intellectual impoverishment

Beethoven is a New Zealander

Brian Easton writes about the Disposing of Our Heritage. The National Library is still disposing of books from the nation’s heritage. The Department of Internal Affairs juggernaut rolls on. Its briefing to the incoming minister says that its roles include ‘holding the nation and the Government's memory through the National Library of New Zealand and … Continue reading Beethoven is a New Zealander

New Zealand voices for books and libraries

New Zealand voices for books and libraries: a compilation “We believe that the issue of what kind of society New Zealand will become in the next decades is central to our role and existence. If many of the present controllers of our destiny had their way, New Zealand would soon become a sleazier version of … Continue reading New Zealand voices for books and libraries

What you can do to help keep New Zealand’s National Library collections intact

December 2020 update: The National Library has paused any further book sales but we understand that they continue to process books in preparation for disposal at charity book fairs. The disposal may be on temporary hold, but we have not yet successfully halted the whole process. We continue to work vigorously on this with our … Continue reading What you can do to help keep New Zealand’s National Library collections intact