This is the second report issued by the Chief Archivist and General Manager of Archives New Zealand under section 33 and 35 of the Public Records Act 2005 (the Act).1 This report provides an overview of the key issues and opportunities for government recordkeeping and presents the results of the audits completed during the 2011/12 financial year.
The purposes of the Act include enabling Government to be held accountable through creating and maintaining full and accurate records of its affairs, and enhancing public confidence in the integrity of public records. The auditing of specified recordkeeping practices and reporting of findings to Parliament directly contribute to those objectives.
It is pleasing to see that public offices are increasingly aware of their requirements and responsibilities under the Act and are taking positive steps towards building their recordkeeping capacity. However, a small minority of public offices require a better understanding of their requirements and responsibilities. Archives New Zealand continues to work with these agencies to build awareness of the broader business and societal benefits of managing records in accordance with the objectives of the Act.