Treaty plan on the move

SIOBHAN DOWNES
Last updated 18:26 20/08/2014
Treaty of Waitangi display at National Archives
CRAIG SIMCOX/ Fairfax NZ

DISPLAY: The Treaty of Waitangi is currently at The National Archives.

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A stalled project to shift the Treaty of Waitangi from its current home in Archives New Zealand a few hundred metres up the road to the National Library is resuming.

The project, known as Active Archives, was first announced in 2012 by then internal affairs minister Chris Tremain, but stalled in December last year when the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) said it would not meet its deadline.

It would have seen the Treaty, as well as the 1835 Declaration of Independence and the Woman's Suffrage petition, shifted from the Mulgrave Street building to a new gallery space in the Molesworth Street building.

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An announcement sent out to staff today said work would resume on the new location for the documents.

The DIA was now seeking registrations of interest from potential suppliers for the development and design phase of the project, an update posted to the DIA website said.

Talks with iwi and other stakeholders would intensify in the coming months, it said.

A review into the project published earlier this year showed there were failures to stage it correctly, a lack of understanding of its complexity, and its scope had become too wide.

Out of a budget of almost $7 million, $2.3m has been spent on the project so far.


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