More than 1300 previously restricted files have been made available in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s annual release of previously-classified information.
The publicly released files will be accessible at Archives New Zealand’s Wellington office from Wednesday 1 August.
The annual release is part of the Ministry’s ongoing programme of reviewing and releasing classified information as soon as practicable.
The files cover a wide range of topics, and date mainly from the 1970s.
Topics range from Law of the Sea, Whaling, and Women’s Rights, to New Zealand’s aid programmes in Asia and the Pacific.
The files include briefing papers for various meetings in the Pacific region, including the 1984 CHOGRM in Port Moresby.
There are many files relating to United Nations General Assembly and Security Council affairs, and also files on economic relations with Australia and Japan, refugees, and disarmament.
A number of files are those returned from the Ministry’s overseas posts, including Brussels, Canberra, Kuala Lumpur, London, New York, Paris and Singapore.
List of released files (PDF 144kb)
Media interested in viewing files should make an appointment with:
Senior Communications Adviser
Department of Internal Affairs (Archives New Zealand)
PH: 04 894 6086
Cell: 021 596 726
Further information may be obtained from:
Communications Account Manager
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade