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The Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives has moved. Sort of.

The Administration Division of the Methodist Church has moved to its new office, Weteriana House, 50 Langdons Road, Papanui, Christchurch.  The Methodist Archives is part of the Administration Division.

While the Archivist and volunteer team have relocated to Langdons Road, the Archives Collection has not and this still remains in a storage facility.

For researchers to access documents, photographs, books or plans, from now on they will have to make a prior arrangement with the Archivist.

The Archivist will retrieve requested items from storage and transport them to 50 Langdons Road where they can be viewed.

Researchers will need to consult the catalogue on our website and let the Archivist know what they want to see.  At least 24 hours notice in advance is required and an appointment time needs to be made during office working hours as a meeting room will have to be booked.


This move to Langdons Road has meant that our opening hours are longer and more flexible than the previous half day per week, but records do need to be pre-ordered.

The future Archives Repository building has been approved by the Board of Administration of the Methodist Church and we have been advised that construction will start in 2017.  This is a purpose-built building and will be adjacent to Weteriana House at 50 Langdons Road.

For more information please contact:

Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives Christchurch
National repository for the archives of the Methodist Church of New Zealand


Head Archivist, Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives
Weteriana House, 50 Langdons Road, Christchurch 8053
PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

Telephone:        (03) 366 6049 ext 831

Email:                 archives@methodist.org.nz

Web:                   http://www.methodist.org.nz/archives

Hours:                By appointment with the Archivist.  Closed weekends, public holidays, Christmas—New Year and Easter Tuesday.

Availability:       Please telephone or email the Archivist before visiting to make an appointment and arrange for records to be retrieved from storage.

Charges:             No charge for access during office working hours, but charges for purchasing copies or for the Archives staff undertaking research on your behalf.

  • Transcript of entry in baptism register: $10.00
  • Written enquiries requiring research on behalf: $25.00 per half hour.

For more details of charges, please see our website http://www.methodist.org.nz/archives

PS – unfortunately while the Archivist is away, there is no service.  I will be away from 16 December – 16 January 2017.

Season’s Greetings to you all.


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Christmas & New Year closures, 2013

Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives Christchurch

Closed over Christmas/New Year while the Archivist is away, from 16 December 2013, re-opening 6 January 2014.

Our Archives Reading Room at our storage facility is usually open Wednesday afternoons.  Over Christmas/New Year, our Reading Room is closed 18 December 2014, re-opening 8 January 2014.

Please contact the Archivist to book a seat, as space is limited.

Contact Jo Smith, Archivist

Email: archives@methodist.org.nz
Phone: 03 366 6049 ext 831
Postal: PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140
Information about our Archives’ holdings is posted at http://www.methodist.org.nz/archives

Archives New Zealand

The reading room closes at noon on Christmas eve and opens again 9.30am Friday 3 January.

As an aside, our office will resume full reading room hours (after curtailing our open hours in 2011) – 9.30am to 5pm on Monday 16 December.

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Open every day except Christmas Day, 10 am until 5 pm.

Anglican Diocesan Archives

Closed from Friday 20th December, and  back on Friday 10th January.

Christ’s College Archives 

Closed on Thursday 19th December, and closed each Tuesday and Thursday, back on Thursday 9th  January.

Akaroa Museum

Open every day except Christmas Day, 10.30 am until 4.30 pm.

The Christchurch City Council Archives

Closed for the following dates over the Christmas/New Year period and also in  late January:

23 December 2013- 10 January 2014, re-open on 14 January
20 January – 31 January 2014

Christchurch City Libraries

Christmas hours for Libraries

Archive and Research Room viewing :
closed 23 December 2013 – 3 January 2014

Note: in January the Family History material will be inaccessible while it is being transferred to Central Library Manchester.  Most likely to be some time in the week of 13 January.

Rangiora Museum

Closed on the following days only:  Sunday 22  and Wednesday 25 December and Wednesday 1 January.

Sumner Redcliffs Historical Society

Closed from 14 December, re-opening Friday morning, 3 January 2014.

Golden thoughts

Golden thoughts, postcard, circa 1920.

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