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Planning on visiting one of our reading rooms under the COVID-19 Protection Framework? Here are some frequently asked questions that may be useful.

Please be aware, if you need help with your research project, before visiting, please use the ask an archivist form and one of our team will get back to you. and one of our team will get back to you.

General information:

Archives New Zealand is committed to keeping your whānau and our community safe. You may notice some changes around our reading rooms on your next visit as we follow Ministry of Health guidelines to combat COVID-19.

New Zealand Covid Tracer App:

Please use the NZ COVID Tracer app to make a record of your visit. Archives NZ will have clearly visible NZ COVID Tracer QR codes for you to scan when you arrive. We will also have a manual sign-in sheet for those who need it.


All adults and children over the age of 12 years are required to wear a mask while using our reading rooms. Staff will be monitoring the reading room and will have spare masks on hand if you require a replacement.

Groups and Physical Distancing:

At red, we will be unable to accommodate group bookings. We ask that you maintain a minimum 1 metre distance between yourself, other researchers and our staff while in the reading room.

Keeping Our Communities Safe

Archives NZ is taking extra measures to protect the health of our researchers and staff. These include:

  • All reading rooms and public spaces are regularly cleaned.

  • The ventilation at each of our sites is managed through a HVAC air condition system.

  • Sanitisation stations will be positioned at the entry for the reading room for your convenience.

Other Information:

We encourage you to follow the advice of our Government and the Ministry of Health to protect yourself and others: