Public Records Act 2005

49 Prohibition on public access or copying
  • (1) The Chief Archivist may prohibit the public from accessing or copying a public archive or protected record in his or her control for any period that he or she thinks necessary—

    • (a) in the interest of preserving the public archive or protected record; or

    • (b) pending the classification, repair, or other treatment of the public archive or protected record.

    (2) A prohibition on public access must be noted in the public access register, in accordance with section 19(1)(d).

    (3) The administrative head of a local authority may prohibit the public from accessing or copying a local authority archive for any period that he or she thinks necessary—

    • (a) in the interest of preserving the local authority archive; or

    • (b) pending the classification, repair, or other treatment of the local authority archive.