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National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa

The purpose of the National Library, as defined in the National Library of New Zealand Act 2003, is to enrich the cultural and economic life of New Zealand and its interchange with other nations, as appropriate, by:
  • collecting, preserving, and protecting documents, particularly those relating to New Zealand, and make them accessible for all the people of New Zealand, in a manner consistent with their status as documentary heritage and taonga;
  • supplementing and furthering the work of other libraries in New Zealand; and
  • working collaboratively with other institutions having similar purposes, including those forming part of the international library community.
Role of the National Library
  • To develop and maintain the Crown’s documentary heritage collections, principally the Alexander Turnbull Library, which includes a comprehensive collection of documents relating to New Zealand and the people of New Zealand;
  • To make the National Library’s collections accessible in order to provide for the most advantageous use of those collections and resources;
  • To provide other services that include access to information resources and bibliographic and school services;
  • To promote cooperation and work collaboratively with others on library matters within New Zealand and overseas; and
  • To advise and assist the Minister Responsible for the National Library on library and information issues.


To achieve our vision we have three key intermediate outcomes:
  • New Zealand's documentary heritage is nurtured.
  • New Zealanders' access to information is facilitated.
  • New Zealanders are skilful and confident in using information.

As an organisation we value:
  • Information – We value the power of information.
  • Service – We focus services on our communities’ needs.
  • People – We value and respect all people.
  • Excellence – We strive for excellence and innovation.
  • Treaty of Waitangi – We value the Treaty of Waitangi.

Corporate website: National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga

Archives New Zealand, Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga is the official guardian of New Zealand’s public archives. We gather, store and protect an extremely wide range of material. Our holdings include the originals of the Treaty of Waitangi, government documents, maps, paintings, photographs and film.

The Public Records Act 2005 sets the framework for contemporary recordkeeping across government and Archives New Zealand works with government agencies to administer the Act.

Archives New Zealand works to ensure records of long-term value are kept permanently and people have access to these records.


Our organisation’s outcomes are:
    • full and accurate records are kept by public sector agencies
    • public archives are preserved and well managed
    • public archives are accessible and used
    • the archiving community is coordinated and well led
Many different people and organisations, including family historians, academics, legal researchers, professional historians and genealogists use the materials held at Archives New Zealand. They document rights and entitlements and provide evidence of government activity. The materials also record history and document the relationship between Māori and the Crown. The archives are a valuable resource and have contributed to Treaty claim research, Māori language revitalisation, and iwi, hapu and whānau history.

Corporate website: Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga

Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua


The Department of Internal Affairs is a recognised leader in public service - known for innovation, essential to New Zealand, and trusted to deliver.


The Department of Internal Affairs serves and connects citizens, communities and government to build a strong, safe nation.

About Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs is New Zealand's oldest government department, tracing its origins back to the first Colonial Secretary's Office established in 1840. It is fondly known as 'the Mother of all Departments', because of its involvement in nurturing a wide range of government organisations. Diversity has been a consistent characteristic throughout its history.

Today, the Department:
  • registers birth, death, marriage and civil union details, issues passports, manages citizenship applications, and maintains a human assisted reproduction technology register.
  • assists in the smooth operation of New Zealand's executive government, facilitates visits by guests of government, provides a translation service that is available to Ministers and the general public, publishes the New Zealand Gazette and administers commissions of inquiry as and when required.
  • promotes the building of strong communities by providing advisory services, information, Lottery Grants, community organisation grant schemes (COGS) and other grants, which develop community capacity to address local issues.
  • supports the local government system through administration of aspects of the statutory framework, services the Local Government Commission, administers the Rates Rebate Scheme, appoints the Harbourmaster of Lake Taupo and administers a number of offshore islands.
  • licenses gambling activities, inspects and monitors gambling to ensure that gambling is fair, honest and lawful.
  • ensures compliance with the law related to the possession and supply of objectionable material and the public display of restricted publications.
  • works to prevent "spam" in compliance with the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007.
  • works to prevent money laundering and financing of terrorism, by monitoring casinos, non-deposit-taking lenders, money changers and other 'reporting entities' in accordance with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009.
  • provides policy advice to its Ministers in the areas of local government, gambling, racing, fire, citizenship, identity, censorship, emergency management and civil defence.
  • advises a number of other Ministers, including the Minister responsible for the Community and Voluntary Sector, and Associate Ministers as the need arises.
  • monitors the performance of a range of Crown entities and has developed and implemented a Crown entity governance framework.
  • is home to the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management who lead emergency management in New Zealand through the development and application of an integrated risk-based approach that includes Emergency Management Groups at local authority level.
  • is home to the Office of Ethnic Affairs, who provide ethnic people a point of contact with the New Zealand Government, and advice and information on matters affecting their communities.
  • is home to Government Technology Services who provide shared ICT services to all of government.

Corporate website: Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua

An organisational 'family tree'

This diagram shows the way our three Departments have been linked to each other over the years. It's an A3 document. There are a lot of links!

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