Nominations to the Archives Council

The Minister of Internal Affairs, as the Minister responsible for Archives New Zealand, is inviting nominations for four positions on the Archives Council (the Council). Nominations are sought for the position of Chair of the Council, and for three members.

The Council is an unincorporated body established under section 14 of the Public Records Act 2005. The Council advises the Minister, as the Minister responsible for Archives New Zealand, on recordkeeping and archive matters. These include:

  • recordkeeping and archive matters in which tikanga Māori is relevant;
  • Orders in Council made to vary certain applications of the Act (for example, if a public office seeks a variation from the requirement to transfer records after 25 years);
  • authorisations to dispose of public records;
  • the approval of archive repositories; and
  • appropriate criteria for the independent audit of the recordkeeping practices of the Chief Archivist (required every 5-10 years under the Act).

The Council consists of not more than seven members, appointed by the Minister after consultation with the Minister for Māori Development and the Chief Archivist. A member’s term of appointment is for not more than three years, and they may be reappointed.

The Council meets four times a year, across New Zealand. Fees for attendance at meetings are paid at the rate of $300 per day for members and $400 per day for the Chair. Members are reimbursed for travel costs.

Skills and attributes sought

Members must have knowledge and qualifications relevant to the functions of the Council. In addition, at least two members must have an understanding of tikanga Māori.

Candidates should also be able to demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • senior level experience in government;
  • senior management experience in the public sector;
  • experience in working collaboratively with others and demonstrate a willingness to work with others;
  • articulate communicator;  
  • skills and experience in strategy, regulatory, and major infrastructure projects;
  • senior experience in the information management sector;
  • expertise in the wider culture and heritage sector, with a historical background;
  • experience in the use of Archives;
  • knowledge/understanding of digital archiving;
  • understanding of local/central government; and
  • experience in governance or advisory bodies or senior accountability experience.

In addition, nominations for the position of Chair of the Council are sought from candidates who have:

  • experience in leading and facilitating advisory groups;
  • demonstrated ability in bringing a strategic perspective;
  • ability to drive the work of the Council including stakeholder engagement and agendas for meetings;
  • be able to build rapport with other Statutory Body Chairs, the Minister, Departmental officials and stakeholders, and the ability to draw on connections and networks;
  • knowledge of how government works including interacting with Ministers and officials and in fulfilling the Council’s obligations in terms of providing advice to the Minister and reporting to Parliament.

Make a nomination

When making a nomination please ensure that:

  • you obtain the consent of your nominee; and
  • your nomination is accompanied by a full curriculum vitae, which includes work history, board and advisory body appointments, qualifications and full contact details for the nominee.

Please note that any nomination made will not necessarily result in an appointment. Nominees will be asked to declare any actual or perceived conflicts of interest, and the Department of Internal Affairs may check the accuracy of any information relating to an application for appointment.

Nominations close on 15 April 2019. These should be emailed to or posted to:

Dorothy McLean
Department of Internal Affairs
45 Pipitea Street
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140

Any inquiries on the appointment process can be directed to

Friday, April 5, 2019