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Kawe Mahara Queer Archives Aotearoa

Audio from the presentation on Kawe Mahara Queer Archives Aotearoa, formerly the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ). Will Hansen introduces Clare O'Leary, Kevin Haunui and Elizabeth Kerekere.

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The presentation covers the transformative journey of the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ) into Kawe Mahara Queer Archives Aotearoa. This transformation signifies a broader commitment to preserving queer histories and making them accessible to all. Held in trust at the Alexander Turnbull Library within the National Library of New Zealand, the archives represent a unique community-trust relationship.

The presentation highlighted the importance of archiving personal histories and stories as integral parts of community archives. This approach values each individual's unique voice and contributions, acknowledging that personal experiences form the collective memory of the community. The archives not only preserve historical material but also function as a tool for activism, reflecting the struggles and resistance within the queer community. The collection is extensive, covering various aspects of the community, including the intersex community and the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, highlighting the diversity and inclusivity of the archives.

A significant part of the discussion was the role of the archives in legislation and human rights advocacy, emphasizing that living a queer life is a fundamental human right. The presentation also mentioned the Rainbow Room in the Parliament, symbolizing legislative progress and the ongoing need for vigilance against regressive political shifts.

The archives' future direction includes a focus on digital archiving, reflecting the changing nature of how history is recorded and preserved, especially among younger generations. The organization is actively seeking participation from the community in shaping its new identity and direction, including the development of a new logo.

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Record date:23rd November 2023
Location:Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (reference number to be confirmed).