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Background to the Trust

The Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand | Te Pūranga Takatāpui o Aotearoa Trust (LAGANZ) was formed in 1992. Its Board of Trustees own, on behalf of the lesbian and gay communities, the growing number of collections which now make up the Archives.

The trust has a number of objects that define its purpose and activities.

The initial core of the collections goes back to an initiative of the National Gay Rights Coalition in 1977. It developed into a research library and archives known as the Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre which was placed in the care of a trust in 1984.

In 1988, to ensure the collections a secure home, the trustees made an agreement with the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington for their permanent accommodation. The collections remain under the ownership of the Trust, and are open to researchers on the same basis as other research heritage collections. This agreement secures their safe storage and assures that access to them is supervised.

Currently the collection attracts up to 150 visitors a year.

For more details of the origins of LAGANZ read Out of the Ashes - an article by Chris Parkin and Phil Parkinson which includes an account of the dramatic events surrounding the November 1986 arson attack on the archives.

Board of Trustees

There is provision for ten trustees.  The trustees appoint one or more curators to care for the collections, to supervise access to them, and to assist those wishing to consult them in their research.

The current trustees are:

  • Kevin Haunui (Chair)
  • Roger Swanson (Secretary)
  • Gavin Hamilton (Treasurer)
  • Elizabeth Kerekere
  • Howard Pond
  • Donal Raethel
  • Roger Smith
  • Will Hansen

People Connected to the Trust

  • Chris Szekely
    Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library in the National Library of New Zealand
    Alexander Turnbull Library's representative at meetings of the trustees.
  • John Webster
    LAGANZ contact person in Auckland.

Last updated: 09/01/10

Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ) | Te Pūranga Takatāpui o Aotearoa
PO Box 11-695, Manners Street, Wellington
Alexander Turnbull Library, 58-78 Molesworth Street
Tel: +64 4 474 3000
Fax: +64 4 474 3063