Wonderful news from National Archives. There is a new online ordering system for the Christchurch archives for four weeks starting yesterday the 13th July.
Then a roll out of the system later in the year to every branch.
You will need a reader number though its not clear at the present if one reader number will access all of the branches. In the past, each branch issued its own reader number. I have a different one for Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington.
This is good news for time hungry researchers.