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Archives New Zealand administers the Public Records Act 2005 (PRA), which establishes the regulatory framework for information and records management across the public sector.

Under the PRA, our role is to:

  • Enable the government to be held accountable by ensuring that full and accurate records of central and local government are created and maintained

  • Preserve and manage, and provide access to, records of long-term value

  • Enhance public confidence in the integrity of public and local authority records

In fulfilling these responsibilities, we ensure that New Zealanders have access to New Zealand's public archives so that they may better understand their heritage and democracy.

View our annual reports on the Department of Internal Affairs website