Chief Archivist and General Manager

Archives New Zealand manages the implementation of the Public Records Act 2005 which established the framework for recordkeeping in the state sector. The Act authorises the Chief Archivist to set the standards for creating and maintaining records and to carry out audits to ensure this is achieved.

Through its active recordkeeping programme, Archives New Zealand works across government to ensure that records pertinent to the integrity and accountability of government are maintained.

Within the Department's Information and Knowledge Services Group, the Chief Archivist works closely with Government Information Services and the National Library of New Zealand to bring knowledge and information directly and effectively to New Zealanders.

Archives New Zealand also collaborates with both public and private sector agencies to digitise public archives, enabling the public to access online records from a range of geographic locations.

Richard Foy: Chief Archivist and General Manager of Archives New Zealand

Richard Foy

Richard Foy

Richard Foy was appointed Chief Archivist and General Manager of Archives New Zealand in April 2018.

Prior to this, Richard worked for over two years as the Director, Digital Strategy, Information and Knowledge Services at the Department of Internal Affairs. He worked closely with New Zealand’s National Library and National Archives to imagine their digital future and define a compelling strategy for growing into it.

Richard has a background in information, software systems, technology architecture, and digital strategy.

For 12 years he consulted on technology to business, then joined the public service to lead enterprise architecture at the Ministry of Social Development, before joining the Department of Internal Affairs to spearhead Better Public Services, Result 10 and RealMe, the NZ government's official digital authentication, identity and privacy solution.

Richard is one of New Zealand government's digerati, a design-savvy futurist recognised for promoting an optimistic vision of digital technology as transformational for New Zealand. Outside of work, he's obsessed with his children, Star Trek and science fiction, sometimes in that order.