Oct 18 2023


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Archives New Zealand Celebration

Join us at Aurecon Wellington on Wednesday 18th October 5PM as we celebrate a groundbreaking project and hear from the team behind the success.

The new development in Wellington’s parliamentary precinct will house Archives New Zealand, the National Library, and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. This project represents a unique opportunity to create a national documentary heritage campus, safeguarding treasures that are valued in excess of $1.7 billion and growing, like the Treaty of Waitangi and the Women’s Suffrage Petition. The building prioritizes energy efficiency, seismic resilience, and collection protection.

Significant investment in a co-design process with mana whenua has resulted in a mana-enhancing experience for all involved. This provides an authentic design outcome, representative of the aspirations for the physical and operational outcomes for Archives New Zealand and the preservation of the ‘evidence of New Zealand’.

Across both the design and construction this project has been fortunate to have an unprecedented level of gender diversity within the team. The wāhine working on the project are coming together to celebrate the milestone of this nationally significant project being delivered by a diverse team. This project represents a unique celebration of how far we have come and leaves us optimistic about the future.

Helen Ewing 
Helen is an associate director with RCP and was the project manager for the development from project inception until the completion of the design phases.

Melissa Thompson 
Melissa is a senior associate with Warren and Mahoney and is the lead architect for the project, having joined the team and taken the reigns during the detailed design phase.

Hayley Koerbin
Hayley is the global sustainability director at NDY. She has led the sustainability consulting for the project delivery.

Tessa Beetham 
Tessa is an associate and structural engineer with Aurecon. She is leading the delivery of structural, geotechnical, civil and environmental consulting services for the project.

Georgia Robinson 
Georgia is the building services cadet working on site for LT McGuinness on the Archives project. She will facilitate the panel event and will bring her unique perspective to the discussion.