Greg Goulding is the Chief Archivist and General Manager of Archives New Zealand within the Knowledge, Information and Services Group (IKS) in the Department of Internal Affairs.
Having worked for Archives New Zealand and its predecessor National Archives since 1989 Greg took up his new role on 4 April 2011.
Prior to his appointment Greg had been acting in the Chief Archivist’s role and was formerly Group Manager, Government Recordkeeping. He led the development and implementation of the Public Records Act 2005 which now provides the basis for security of government information across the State sector. Greg took a leading role in the project to integrate Archives New Zealand and the National Library with the Department of Internal Affairs on 1 February 2011.
He works in strategic partnership with the National Librarian to bring knowledge and information directly and effectively to more New Zealanders. He is spearheading the project to relocate the documents from the Constitution Suite, including the country’s founding document Te Tiriti o Waitangi, into a new purpose-built home in the refurbished Molesworth Street building in Wellington.
The IKS Group includes the National Library of New Zealand and Government Information Services. Being connected with other key players in information management provides a sound base for Archives New Zealand to continually improve its service to government recordkeeping.
Archives New Zealand implements the Public Records Act 2005 which establishes the framework for recordkeeping in the state sector. The Act includes requirements for government agencies to create and maintain records and authorises the Chief Archivist to set mandatory recordkeeping standards in support of this objective. Other elements of the framework include the rollout of the Public Records Act Audit Programme and the implementation of the Digital Continuity Action Plan. The Government Digital Archive will make a significant contribution to improving public agency recordkeeping. Increased ICT capacity also ensures the wealth of information in the archives is readily available online to more people.
Archives New Zealand continues to streamline service delivery through collaboration with both public and private sector agencies and to digitise public archives so more people can access these vital records from more locations through the internet. Smarter customer-focused services will help ensure public records are more readily available now and in the future.