More than 700 previously restricted files have been made available in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s annual release of classified information.
The publicly released files [PDF, 79kb] are accessible at Archives New Zealand’s Wellington office from Monday 3 October.
This 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, although some are from earlier dates.
Topics range from economic relations with Britain, Australia and the United States, to aid projects in India, Sri Lanka and Fiji.
The files include briefing papers for various Pacific regional meetings.
There are also files on ANZUS, Bahrain, China, and Five Power Defence Arrangements.
Among files released are a number returned from the Ministry’s overseas embassies including Brussels, Canberra, Kuala Lumpur, London, Singapore and Tokyo.
Media interested in viewing files should make an appointment with:
Archives New Zealand
Ph: 04 894 6086
Cell: 021 596 726
For further information contact:
Communications Account Manager
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ph: 04 439 8138
MFAT media phone: 021 375 105