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Rā whānau ki a tātou, today marks the 32nd birthday of NZMS! To celebrate this occasion we want to reflect on what we’ve accomplished over the last three decades within the cultural heritage sector, focusing in particular on the lasting relationships we have developed — not only with our customers and peers in the sector, […]



When digitising items, NZMS usually strives to create a true representation of the item in its current condition — it exposes the social life of an object; its history. This allows us to protect the integrity of the digitised version by showing the item truthfully, revealing not only its beauty but also its defects. However, […]



NZMS recently digitised the University of Canterbury’s 17th century King James Bible, dubbed the Wicked Bible because of an unfortunate publishing error that accidentally encourages adultery! It is the first example of a Wicked Bible that has been fully digitised and it will soon be available online for the public to view. Very few copies […]



April is the birth month of Dame Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982), one of New Zealand’s most famous authors and theatre directors. Crowned a Queen of Crime (alongside Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Margery Allingham), Dame Ngaio holds international acclaim for her novels starring a fictional British detective called Roderick Alleyn. Our team in Christchurch were […]



“Central and Local Government agencies have a key responsibility to preserve and make records that reflect our history and identity publicly available: their collections trace events and decisions that shape our nation and the lives of Kiwis.” Authored by NZMS founder Andy Fenton, The Case for Nationally Recognised Technical Specifications for Digitisation in New Zealand […]



As distributors and resellers of high-end scanning equipment, Docuvan cater to a broad range of industries within Oceania. Their diversity of customers include government, libraries, galleries and art houses, through to banks, utilities, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, medical, and insurance providers. Docuvan are pleased to announce a strategic agreement with New Zealand Micrographic Services (NZMS), that […]



To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), we have decided to reshare a unique project that we have been working on since 2016. The project involves digitising 19th century survey plans of the Waitaha (Canterbury) region, some of which are known as the Black Maps. It is a joint endeavour by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Archives New Zealand, Land Information New Zealand, and Environment Canterbury.



Before August’s Alert Level 4 lockdown, our Auckland team had begun digitising Auckland Libraries’ Chelsea Archives. The collection includes over 5000 employee record cards belonging to the Chelsea Sugar Refinery, each describing individual employees through their personal details and employment history.