Public Records Act 2005

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Part 1 Purpose, other preliminary provisions, and key administrative provisions

Subpart 1—Purpose and other preliminary provisions

3 Purposes of Act

The purposes of this Act are—


to provide for the continuation of the repository of public archives called the National Archives with the name Archives New Zealand (Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga); and


to provide for the role of the Chief Archivist in developing and supporting government recordkeeping, including making independent determinations on the disposal of public records and certain local authority archives; and


to enable the Government to be held accountable by—


ensuring that full and accurate records of the affairs of central and local government are created and maintained; and


providing for the preservation of, and public access to, records of long-term value; and


to enhance public confidence in the integrity of public records and local authority records; and


to provide an appropriate framework within which public offices and local authorities create and maintain public records and local authority records, as the case may be; and


through the systematic creation and preservation of public archives and local authority archives, to enhance the accessibility of records that are relevant to the historical and cultural heritage of New Zealand and to New Zealanders’ sense of their national identity; and


to encourage the spirit of partnership and goodwill envisaged by the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi), as provided for by section 7; and


to support the safekeeping of private records.