Public Records Act 2005

The Public Records Act 2005 sets the framework for creating and managing information in government. Its purpose is to promote government accountability through reliable recordkeeping, enhance public confidence in the integrity of government records and protect New Zealand’s documentary heritage. The Public Records Act 2005 sets a framework for recordkeeping in public offices and local authorities.

View a copy of the Act online

Find out who's covered by the Act 

Learn about public offices and local authorities responsibilities under the Act

Learn about Archives New Zealand’s responsibilities under the Act

Get information on interim exemptions from the Act

Managing text messages under the Public Records Act 2005: A review by the Chief Archivist

Support and Guidance

Archives New Zealand has developed guidance for Central Government and for Local Authorities to help them understand their responsibilities under the Public Records Act.

Archives New Zealand Policy for Deciding Public Office and Local Authority Status

Archives New Zealand List of Public Offices

F15: Public Records Act (PRA) and Central Government

F16: Public Records Act 2005 (PRA) and Local Government

You can also get advice on the Public Records Act 2005 from Archives New Zealand via the Government Recordkeeping Programme