Nominations to the Archives Council

April 5, 2019

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.

For more information, including the information sheet for candidates and the nomination and declaration form, visit the nominations to the Archives Council page.