Wikimedia User Group of Aotearoa New Zealand

Wikimedia User Group of Aotearoa New Zealand is a Wikimedia user group of Wikimedians who are interested in organising and participating in outreach activities in New Zealand.

Wikimedia User Group of Aotearoa New Zealand

New Zealand
LocationFlag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
Country codeNZ
Approval date17 December 2019
Official language(s)English, Māori


There was an attempt to create a local chapter around 2006. One of the goals of this group is to renew a discussion about creating a chapter in the future. Before we can make a chapter, we need to have run a User Group with a range of well-documented activities for a couple of years, so this is the first step.

From June 2018 to June 2019, Mike Dickison ran activities as the New Zealand Wikipedian at Large. Mike was keen to see a user group start, and created a mailing list of potential members.

The user group was formally recognised by the Wikimedia Foundation on 17 December 2019.

Our mission and goalsEdit

  • Represent the Wikimedia Foundation’s mission in New Zealand: to empower and engage people to collect and develop educational content under a free license, so it can be shared and reused freely for any purpose
  • Represent the New Zealand contributors to Wikimedia projects
  • Provide qualified support for our own members and public
  • Streamline the activities of individual members and institutions into the same group
  • Empower members and support their activities
  • Develop and maintain long-lasting relationships with New Zealand institutions that share the same or similar goals: universities, museums, libraries, and archives

2021 PrioritiesEdit

The Wikimedia Foundation has asked the Aotearoa New Zealand User Group to identify which of the movement's strategy recommendations are our priorities for implementation in 2021 and what ideas from the Movement Strategy recommendations respond to our needs and will have an impact in the movement. The aim of prioritization is to create an 18-month implementation plan to take some of the initiatives forward starting in 2021. The 10 recommendations are described here

The attendees of the Aotearoa New Zealand Online Meetup 4 decided on

  • Improve User Experience
  • Invest in Skills and Leadership Development
  • Provide for Safety and Inclusion.

Future plans and projectsEdit

  • Consolidate our communication channels into an email database.
  • Keep organising editathons in Wellington, monthly meetings in Christchurch and provide support for our Auckland editors to start regular meetings in our biggest city.
  • In Christchurch, we’d like to reach out to the public and invite new contributors to our monthly meetings where we’d like to provide them all the support they need.
  • Apply for funding from Wikimedia Foundation that would allow us to cover our running costs including traveling to different cities for appropriate events like book festivals and library conferences where we’d like to promote Wikimedia's projects and WMF mission in New Zealand.
  • Organise Wiki Loves Monuments 2020 in partnership with Heritage New Zealand.
  • Participate in Wiki Loves Monuments or Wiki Loves Earth - see the project page Wiki Loves Monuments New Zealand

Further down the trackEdit

  • Eventually, we'd like to create a regular chapter that would serve not only contributors from New Zealand but the whole South Pacific including Niue, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga or Fiji. New Zealand has strong ties with the Pacific Islands and it’s widely seen as the main center of the Southern Pacific with large Pacific Island populations living in New Zealand. We'd like our chapter to be no different. This is a big vision for us and we know we have a long way to go, but as editors who have been involved with Wikimedia’s movement for many years, we have learned that with patience and hard, consistent work we can reach our goals.
  • We'd also like to reach out to users of te reo Māori and encourage the revitalisation of Wikipedia Māori
  • Run and document activities for 2–3 years
  • Set up a legal structure - options described here:
  • Find enough active members within the local community (we need 10, ideally 20 active members)

Annual Activity ReportsEdit

The User Group Annual Activity Reports cover the calendar year from January to December. They must be completed annually and lodged in the User Group Reports page to ensure the group can retain it's User Group status. The 2020 report is currently in draft and is due to be logged in January in the Affiliates Data Portal User Group members are encouraged to contribute.

Where we meetEdit

There are regular meetings in Wellington, Christchurch, Ara Institute of Canterbury City Campus and online. There are irregular meetings in other cities across the country too.

For more information, please see the relevant pages on English Wikipedia:

How to joinEdit

Our membership is and will remain open to everyone. If you wish to join Wikimedia User Group of Aotearoa New Zealand, simply put your name in the section below. We also recommend people join our FB group where we discuss current issues around Wikimedia projects in relation to Aotearoa and share editing tools and ideas. You're welcome to come along to one of our regular meetings as well (see above).


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Primary contactsEdit

2021 Conference / Training / GLAM Outreach and Inclusion EventsEdit

In October the User group started work on developing a forward program of weekend events for 2021. The organising committee are:

  1. 2020.10.15 First meeting held.
  2. 2020.11.19 Second meeting held
  3. 2020.12.03 Third meeting date confirmed

Rolling Meeting Notes and action points:

Useful linksEdit

Affiliations Committee ResolutionsEdit