National Library

We need to give greater protection to the public assets of heritage value.

A rumour around Wellington in early 1994 was that there was a Treasury paper advocating selling off part of the holdings of the Alexander Turnbull Library, which contains manuscripts, books and artefacts reflecting New Zealand’s cultural, intellectual and historical heritage.

Proposals to change the unsatisfactory status of two vital heritage institutions are meeting strong resistance from their current host.

In 2010 the State Services Commission, in its bureaucratic arrogance, decided to merge Archives NZ and the National Library into the Department of Internal Affairs. National cabinet ministers, under the thumbs of their departments, agreed (such instances are more common than is usually admitted).

Domestic airfare price war expected; Meridian Energy paid DoC for not opposing wind farm project; boot camp for young offenders; National Library to shed jobs; police warn about meeting internet amours in person; prices rise sharply at Birthcare

Australian budget airline Jetstar is expected to enter the NZ domestic market and ignite a price war, reports the Dominion Post.