Help us create an archive of this unique event…

As this extraordinary time unfolds, the library is keener than ever before to engage with the local community to document the history of Tauranga and surrounding areas. With your help, we’d like to create an archive of the pandemic’s impact on local people – an archive that will be preserved and shared with generations to come. It may be a challenging time, but we can work together to create this significant record.

Read on to find out how you can help …

What we’d like you to collect

  • Diaries
    One-day diaries, video diaries, visual diaries... Just choose a format you prefer. These can be from one person’s point of view of a whānau perspective.
  • Leaflets/flyers/posters about the pandemic
    Created by local organisations.
  • Material about community efforts to support vulnerable and isolated individuals
  • Information from local schools regarding closures and home-schooling
  • Photographs that show the pandemic’s impact

Please note, material must be in a written, printed, or digital format. We cannot accept objects.

Stay safe!

When documenting events, ensure you follow Ministry of Health guidelines: stay home and stay in your bubble!

Think of others

When taking photographs or recording videos, make sure those involved are happy to be recorded or are unidentifiable. Similarly, consider whether individuals in your written diary can be identified.

What do I do with the material I collect?

Hold onto the material for now. The library is closed so we cannot process donations. Once we’re open again, we’d love to hear from you – just email research@tauranga.govt.nz. In our reply, we’ll ask you to provide information about what you've created and/or collected. We'll then work out how you can get it to us. 

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Heritage and Research team: research@tauranga.govt.nz.

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