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Tāhuhu: Preserving the Nation’s Memory

The Tāhuhu Programme includes purpose-built facilities designed to ensure New Zealand’s documentary heritage is preserved and protected.


The Tāhuhu Programme includes the upgrade and construction of modern, purpose-built facilities designed to ensure New Zealand’s documentary heritage is preserved and protected. This work will enable greater collaboration between the National Library of New Zealand, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and Archives NZ.


Information about DIA’s services. The health and safety of our people and our customers is our priority.


COVID-19:Information about DIA’s services

Annual Report 2020

Check out our digital Annual Report for 2019/20.

Pūrongo Ā Tau

Annual Report 2020

Visit award-winning He Tohu!

The permanent exhibition of New Zealand's founding constitutional documents is free to the public at the National Library on Molesworth and Aitken Streets in Wellington.

Find out more about He Tohu

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Passports – apply online!

Most people can apply for their New Zealand passport online in just a few minutes.

Find out how to apply online

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Public service updates

We’re making changes to the way we’re working during COVID-19, with the health and safety of our people, customers, and visitors our priority. All our New Zealand offices are open to the public by appointment only. 

As a provision of entry, all people coming onto our sites must:

  • Scan in using the government issued QR code or provide contact tracing details, if you are 12 years and over 
  • Wear a face covering 
  • Sanitise hands on entry
  • Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres from others

In areas of New Zealand at Alert Level 3, our sites are closed to the public. You can still register a birth, apply for a passport or apply for a community grant online –

Local Government Covid-19 Response Unit

The Department of Internal Affairs has convened and is hosting a Covid-19 Local Government Response Unit. This dedicated working group comprises senior leadership from DIA’s Central Local Government Partnerships, Local Government Policy and Operations teams, from Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa, Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ), and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). 

For further information: Local Government COVID-19 response

Emergency information for DIA staff

We’re making changes to the way we’re working to align with alert level guidance. Please talk to your manager and check out the COVID-19 Information Hub on our intranet to find out what the current alert level means for you and your mahi.

10 year passports available in time for Christmas holidays