Public Records Act 2005

Transfer

21 Mandatory transfer of public records
  • (1) Every public office must transfer from its possession and control public records that have been in existence for 25 years—

    • (a) to the possession of Archives New Zealand and the control of the Chief Archivist; or

    • (b) to the possession of an approved repository and the control of the Chief Archivist.

    (2) Subsection (1) applies unless—

    • (a) the public records are to be destroyed in accordance with the provisions of this Act or are required to be destroyed by or under another Act; or

    • (b) the administrative head of the controlling public office and the Chief Archivist agree in writing that the public records may be transferred, before the expiry of the 25-year period, to—

      • (i) the possession of Archives New Zealand and the control of the Chief Archivist; or

      • (ii) the possession of an approved repository and the control of the Chief Archivist; or

    • (c) the transfer of the public records is to be deferred under section 22.