About the Conference Theme

The Australian Society of Archivists (ASA, Archives & Records Association of NZ Te Huinga Mahara (ARANZ) and the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (PARBICA) extend a warm invitation for you to join us in opening the archives: share your experiences and strategies for achieving this through access, engagement or other innovative avenues.

The conference aims to bring together a wide range of views on what ‘opening’ the archives means; how this has been, or might be, achieved, and when it should not. It is also a space to explore the challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies, increased accessibility, and the acknowledgement of historical and cultural sensibilities.

Conference audience

Your audience will mainly be archivists, records and information professionals from small, medium and large organisations in government, private and community sector organisations. It will also include students, academics, educators and researchers. As a hybrid conference your audience will be both in person and online, with most attendees coming from Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

Be anywhere in the world and still attend

We are once again offering a hybrid conference giving the delegates the option to attend in person or virtually.

Nestled in the heart of Aotearoa, Ōtautahi | Christchurch, awaits your discovery. This vibrant city seamlessly blends rich cultural heritage with modern innovation, offering a unique backdrop for our conference. Breathtaking landscapes surround the urban oasis, providing the perfect balance between nature and urban sophistication. From the historic Canterbury Museum to the serene Avon River, Ōtautahi invites you to immerse yourself in its diverse attractions. Join us in this enchanting destination, where tradition meets progress, and create lasting memories amidst the captivating landscapes of New Zealand.

The virtual component of the conference will showcase the award winning platform EventsAir, a Queensland based business. EventsAir has amazing usability, and functionality that will provide benefits for delegates, both online and in-person. There will be the opportunity for virtual and on-site attendees, both national and international, to join in the conversation, ask speakers and panelists questions and network with other attendees, all in real time.

About your host organisations

Australian Society of Archivists

The Australian Society of Archivists Inc. (ASA) is Australia’s peak professional body for archivists and recordkeepers. We advocate on behalf of archivists, and the archival and recordkeeping profession, and seek to promote the value of archives and records as well as support best practice standards and services.

We have over 1000 members across Australia and internationally. Membership is open to a broad range of individuals working in archives and recordkeeping, as well as individuals and corporate bodies in allied professions or that support the Society’s objectives.

ASA membership includes archivists working in: Commercial organisations; All levels of government; Galleries, Libraries and Museums; Print, television, radio and on-line media; Educational institutions; Religious Institutions; Community organisations including historical societies; Consultants; Alone as 'Lone Arrangers'; Non-professionals; and People interested in archives.

Archives & Records Association of NZ Te Huinga Mahara (ARANZ)

ARANZ is an incorporated society established in 1976 with the aim of promoting the understanding and importance of records and archives in New Zealand. ARANZ is administered nationally by a Council of elected members. Branches are established in Auckland, Canterbury, Central Districts, Otago/Southland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, and Wellington.

Our members include: Archivists; record managers; librarians; and other information managers; genealogists; historians; teachers; museum and art gallery curators; religious groups; professional associations; historical societies; businesses; local and central government agencies; and many other interested in the preservation and use of archives and records.

Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (PARBICA)

Formed in 1981, the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (PARBICA) is a professional organisation intent on promoting the effective management and use of records and archives across the Pacific and preserving the region’s archival heritage.

PARBICA is one of thirteen regional branches of the International Council on Archives (ICA). The ICA, with approximately 1400 members from over 199 countries, is dedicated to uniting archival institutions and practitioners across the globe to advocate for good archival management and the physical protection of the worlds recorded heritage. PARBICA’s purpose is to carry out the aims and objectives of the ICA within the Pacific. This allows the organisation to tailor priorities, manage business and initiate programs to specifically meet the needs and requirements of members within this region.

With members from over 20 nations, states, and territories in the North and South Pacific, including Australia, Hawai’i, and New Zealand, PARBICA covers the largest and most diverse geographical area of all the ICA branches. Members include government archives, non-government archival institutions and associations, and individual members. Importantly, PARBICA provides a vital link for archivists and records managers from across this disperse region to meet, network together and support each other in advocating good records management and the effective use and preservation of the unique and irreplaceable documentary heritage of the Pacific.

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors


You can find us on the following social media channels or send us an email.

Australian Society of Archivists, Inc.
W: www.archivists.org.au

Archives & Records Association of NZ Te Huinga Mahara (ARANZ)
W: www.aranz.org.nz/

Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (PARBICA)
W: www.parbica.org/


We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, Custodians and Guardians of the lands from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific and the surrounding waters and seas. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water, culture and community. We pay our respects to the Elders past and present. We honour the local community traditions of caring for archives and culture through Country, through songs and stories.

We pay our respects to mana whenua, to our respective tūpuna, and to the people of Ōtautahi and Waitaha . The history of this land and its people is a taonga that we humbly honour by making a contribution as kaitiaki of archives and records.