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Temporary closure : Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives

Notice of temporary closure Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives 1 June 2018-September 2018.

After seven years with the Methodist Church’s archives collection stored in a warehouse as a consequence of the Christchurch earthquakes, it will soon be moving into a purpose-built, environmentally controlled building, located at 54 Langdons Road, Papanui, Christchurch alongside the Methodist Church’s Administration Division building.

The Methodist Archives in Christchurch has always been the national archive of the Methodist Church and our new repository will also include records from our closed branch in Auckland.

We are closing for three months to move the collection and enable the Archivist and volunteers to unpack and arrange the collection ready for use.

The ability to answer written enquiries will be limited during this period and we will be closed to researchers until September 2018.

From September we will be open Tuesday and Thursday 1 pm-4 pm or by appointment.
Contact archives@methodist.org.nz

Jo Smith

Methodist Church of New Zealand
50 Langdons Road, Christchurch 8053
PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140
Phone 03 366 6049 ext 831
Email: archives@methodist.org.nz
Web: www.methodist.org.nz/archives

Requests to view documents, photographs or architectural plans held in the Methodist Archives collection need to be made with the Archivist before visiting as our collection is in storage.

Please use our website catalogue to request what you would like to see.


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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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Methodist Archives to close for storage development in February

 The Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives national repository in Christchurch will be closed from Wednesday 2 February 2011 for a long-awaited storage development. We apologise for the late advisement of the date of closure; this is another side-effect of the Christchurch earthquake.

We hope to re-open the Archives, along with our expanded storage area, on 7 June 2011. Any change to this date will be advised as soon as possible on the Methodist Church website.

During the period the Archives are closed, there will be limited facility to answer written enquiries. This is because the present storage is going to be sealed off to prevent dust and damage to the collection (we are sealing round the door). Our Reading Room is also being used for storage, while the areas being fitted out with new shelving are built, so researchers are not able to visit.

The Archives volunteer team and I will be working on the typing backlog, which will mean we can put more information about our holdings on the Methodist Church website.

During our closure, access to Methodist Church publications, newspapers, photographs and information can be found in the following repositories:

Jo Smith
Methodist Church of New Zealand 

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