Who takes care of the (book) caretakers?

Which statutory body advises the Minister about the National Library? Are they forthcoming about their meetings and their discussions? Or are they merely a committee that rubber stamps the requests of the management of the National Library, the institution they are meant to oversee? Publicly available documents suggest that governance of the National Library is … Continue reading Who takes care of the (book) caretakers?

Labour minister presides over destruction of New Zealand labour history

As Book Guardians Aotearoa found out when it met with the Minister of Internal Affairs on March 24, it seems that this Labour Party minister intends to continue to carry out the policy signed off by her New Zealand First Party predecessor in the role – the ‘secure destruction’ of most of the books in … Continue reading Labour minister presides over destruction of New Zealand labour history

The business case for keeping the nation’s books

Who made the business case for throwing out most of the National Library’s books? Nobody. There is no such good case, but Book Guardians Aotearoa has outlined the case for keeping them. Read on... Three years ago the former Minister of Internal Affairs, Tracey Martin, signed off on the National Librarian’s proposal to get rid … Continue reading The business case for keeping the nation’s books

Media Release 26 March: the Books’ Case – it is BGA who speaks for and cares for books

BGA media release sent out March 26, following the meeting with the Minister for the National Library Jan Tinetti on 24 March. The Books’ Case On March 24 at a meeting at the Beehive about the disposal by the National Library of New Zealand’s overseas book collection, the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Hon Jan … Continue reading Media Release 26 March: the Books’ Case – it is BGA who speaks for and cares for books

Decolonising the National Library of New Zealand

Christine Dann* writes that ignoring the views of Maori and all New Zealanders in what happens to our National Library is 21st century colonialism, pure and simple. The other day I told a Maori neighbour that the National Library (NL) plans to get rid of 90% of its books which were published overseas. “Why would … Continue reading Decolonising the National Library of New Zealand

Nelson Wattie writes to the Minister for the National Library

In response to the Book Guardians' disappointing visit on 24 March 2021 to see Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti, Book Guardians Advisory Member Nelson Wattie wrote to the Minister pointing out the international reputational damage being done to New Zealand by this action. Dr Wattie's letter is reproduced below. We await with interest to see … Continue reading Nelson Wattie writes to the Minister for the National Library

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