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Kura joins up the dots

In recognition of World Digital Preservation Day, we spoke with Digitised Content & Strategy Manager, Timothy Barnett, about the important digital preservation projects our expert staff work on.
The team's goal is to make Auckland Libraries’ heritage collections available online to a worldwide audience. Tim tells us that no one else in the world has some of the items Auckland Libraries curates. "These are pieces of New Zealand's story that don't exist elsewhere."
Auckland Libraries launched Kura Heritage Collections Online in early 2019, a website where you can discover, explore and engage with the wealth of heritage content digitised by our Auckland Libraries preservation experts.
On each  Kura record, visitors are invited to leave comments and feedback to help fill in any gaps or add to the history of the items in our care.
Since the launch, Aucklanders and international website visitors have submitted wonderful and insightful feedback through the comments …

Kīnaki: Ngā reta Māori exhibition

He aha te kai a te rangatira? He kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero.

Central City Library's current exhibition, ‘Kīnaki: Ngā reta Māori’, is a collection of ngā reta Māori (Māori letters) handpicked from the Sir George Grey Special Collections by Robert Eruera, Poukōkiri Taonga Tuku Iho Māori | Senior Curator Māori.

For the purposes of the exhibition, Kīnaki refers to the small things that we relish and take pleasure from. These letters were chosen in the hope that our interest will be piqued by the morsels on offer.

Stretching over 50 years, these letters span an era of time during New Zealand's colonial infancy and illustrate the close relationships between rangatira (chiefs or leaders) and Governor Grey. Almost all the letters are addressed either to Governor Grey or his wife Lady Eliza Lucy Grey, and many of them are surprisingly uncluttered by the kind of formalities that you might expect from letters written to the Governor of New Zealand. 

Unknown photographer. Mounted photograph…

Kura Heritage Collections Online: A birthday gift to Auckland

To celebrate Auckland's anniversary, Auckland Libraries has wrapped the city's heritage in an easy-to-explore package with Kura Heritage Collections Online.

Unwrap our heritage with the click of a mouse or swipe of a phone to discover more than 600,000 historic documents and records.

Kura features a wealth of photographs and portraits, plans and personal letters - and that's just the start. Before Kura launched, history enthusiasts had to access heritage items by trawling through dozens of databases. Now the content is easy for anyone to browse, download and share instantly - and still completely free.

Councillor Penny Hulse, Chairperson of the Environment and Community Committee, is excited about the launch and passionate about what Kura will offer to Aucklanders.
“It’s about giving the city the ability to access their heritage as easily and conveniently as possible,” she says.

“We want today’s Aucklanders and future generations to explore the stories of the past.”

“What’s part…