WWI Records

January 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Last week said:

The failure of the Government’s digital archive programme is putting at risk a cornerstone project that is part of centenary commemorations of New Zealand’s involvement in World War One, Labour’s Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

“In December it was revealed the Government’s flagship $12 million digital archive programme had failed and was to be canned.

“One of the results of this is that a project to make the diaries, personnel and other records of New Zealand World War One veterans searchable online by the time the commemorations start is in jeopardy.

Are they? NZ responded:

The acting Chief Archivist, John Roberts says people should be confident in the progress being made in making World War l records available on-line:

“The on-line plan was announced by the Minister in August 2013. No date for completion was stated, but we have been working towards having the information available by the anniversary of the start of the war.

“So far, 73,674 are on-line for public viewing. This is almost half (46%) of the total 160,740 records. A further 65,438 have been digitised, and are ready to go on-line. We are confident this will happen before the August anniversary of the beginning of World War l.  21,628 or 13% of the records are still to be digitised. These records are to be digitised and go on-line before the anniversary.

I’d take a bet that they’ll get them all done by August.

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11 Responses to “WWI Records”

  1. Nostalgia-NZ (4,677 comments) says:

    Just happy they are being done. Some which are digitised but not online you can pay to have uploaded, eventually they’ll all be there.

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  2. Ross Miller (1,624 comments) says:

    Who is Grant Robertson?

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  3. RF (1,124 comments) says:

    Ross Miiler. 2.18pm.

    FYI … Grant Robertson is Alf the bus driver’s lover.

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  4. Judith (5,649 comments) says:

    I’ve had the privilege of examining some of these archives in personal. They are a fantastic source of information, not to mention a real insight into the people lives and minds of those involved.

    It would be sad to see them remain as they are, with limited access. They should be available for all to see, and I’m sure they will eventually be on line. New Zealand is not behind the times, Scottish archives are a nightmare to access via the web.

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  5. igm (847 comments) says:

    Maybe this weirdo Robertson is claiming Labour cares about ex servicemen . . . this is far from correct. Their leader for the moment, wants to disestablish the RSA movement, commemorate Japs in Wairarapa, apologise for dropping the bombs (he publicly stated in The DomPost how he would have preferred to sacrifice thousands of allied servicemen instead of bombing), and also remove the stigma from draft dodgers and conscientious objectors, Labour being strongly associated with both.

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  6. Magnanomis (138 comments) says:

    The canceled Govt Digital Archive (GDA) and digitsisation of WWI records are separate issues. The GDA was meant to ingest, preserve and maintain digital records created by govt agencies ‘forever’. So it’s cancellation is a serious threat to the sustainability of public records that become public archives.

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  7. Steve (North Shore) (4,313 comments) says:

    Who cares what Grant Robertson says?
    If he came up with something positive that would be different, but it is the same old same old acusations of failures of the Govt.
    Change the record Grant, it is broken

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  8. Mad_ike (7 comments) says:

    Labour: never let facts get in the way of a good nay-saying!

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  9. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    More evidence, it would seem, that Labour and fact-checking are not close acquaintances…

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  10. snowy (106 comments) says:

    Left wingers were either dockside unionist strikers or cowardly objectors during the war, so why does a Labour pollie think he has any right to comment?

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  11. david (2,482 comments) says:

    Grant Robertson – firing blanks

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