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1. Introduction Metadata is information that helps people to find, understand, authenticate, trust, use and manage information and records. If information and records have metadata, we know what it is, what it has been used for, and how to use it. Metadata also makes information and records easier to find. Information and records consist of content and persistently linked metadata. Without ke...
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1. The regulatory framework for managing information The Public Records Act 2005 (PRA) establishes a regulatory framework for information and records management across the public sector. Section 3 of the PRA sets out the purpose and the relevant regulatory provisions from section 3 are included below. Section 3 - Purposes of the PRA (b) to provide for the role of the Chief Archivist in developi...
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Probate is the official proving of a will, or the issuing of the legal document to the executor or administrator, which gives them authority to deal with a deceased person’s estate. Probate files contain all the legal documentation required for the granting of probate i.e. the legal administration of an estate. Most files contain a copy of the deceased person’s will if one had been discovered. ...
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Alluvial gold was first discovered in the Coromandel in the 1850s, and the area was declared a goldfield in 1862 following the discovery of gold-bearing quartz. The Warden's Offices were responsible for the local management of gold mining. Their responsibilities included the resolution of disputes, allocation of residence, business and machine sites, water rights, the administration of agricult...
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How to find personal identity information like marriages, probates and coroners' inquests, census-type archives, and other life data to help trace your family history. Life events Personal identity information including marriages, probates and coroners' inquests Learn more Searching digitised probates How to search for digitised probates Learn more Whakapapa search tips How to research...
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1. Introduction Under Section 18(i) of the Public Records Act 2005 (the Act), a public record or a protected record cannot be destroyed without the authorisation of the Chief Archivist. When a public office or a local authority destroys information and records, it must ensure that it follows the appropriate guidelines and procedures. 2. Reasons for destruction Information and records should be...
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The Auckland Harbour Bridge was officially opened on Saturday 30 May 1959, after many years in the making. The images in this gallery are a small selection from the archives of the Auckland Harbour Bridge Authority. These archives and photographic albums may be viewed on request in the reading room at Archives New Zealand in Auckland. The Auckland Harbour Bridge Authority was constituted by law...
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Checksums Guidance on understanding checksums and when to use them Learn more Digital transfer Overview of how we manage digital transfers on a case-by-case basis Learn more Digital transfer case study A case study presenting findings from the first end to end digital transfer to our archives Learn more Digital transfer initiation Our expectations of characteristics for digital file...
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Court records can give a fascinating window into people’s lives. An encounter with the legal system – be it for some minor altercation between neighbours or a criminal trial for a major crime – is stressful and sometimes deeply traumatic. The records that remain are a rich source for research. They contain a multitude of details about the lives of ordinary people and their contact with the lega...
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How to find Wellington land information, like deeds and crown grants, maps and plans. Our Wellington archive holds a large collection of Wellington Land District records from Lands & Survey (Wellington) and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). The core records comprise the Deeds Registration System, which was the predecessor and for a time parallel system to the Certificate of Title system ...
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In 1910-1911 New Zealand organised a Territorial Force of some 30,000 men, with permanent staff and an expanded General Headquarters. New weapons and improved training meant that when war broke out on 4 August 1914, New Zealand was able to offer Britain an expeditionary force immediately. There were enough volunteers to fill the numbers required for the force and its reinforcements until 1916. ...
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August 2019 1 Background Archives New Zealand, Te Rua Mahara o Te Kāwanatanga, is dedicated to ensuring that, under the Public Records Act 2005, the recorded memory of the New Zealand Government is preserved for present and future generations to enable government accountability. Archives New Zealand also has a mandate to enhance the accessibility of information, records and data of archival val...