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Government Digital Archive Programme

This section includes information about the Government Digital Archive Programme and the Digital Continuity Action Plan.

Archives New Zealand is currently developing a Government Digital Archive. The development of an industrial-strength digital archive will enable Archives New Zealand to take in large-scale transfers of government agency digital records, such as email messages, videos, databases and electronic documents. This work is being done in collaboration with the National Library of New Zealand. The existing infrastructure of the Library’s National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA) will be leveraged to provide a full solution for digital public archives. Additional work streams include the development of tools and procedures for the transfer of digital records.
Archives New Zealand is looking to work with partner agencies on requirements for the Digital Archive and to trial transfers of digital records. For more information contact Archives New Zealand at
Development has begun, with completion expected by mid-2013.

For further information, please see:

Government Recordkeeping Forum: The Digital Recordkeeping Road trip: Are we there yet? (Wellington, June 2010) which includes an announcement from Hon. Nathan Guy, Minister Responsible for Archives New Zealand on the funding for the Government Digital Archive.
Announcement of Government Digital Archive

What is the Digital Continuity Action Plan?

Launched in August 2009 the plan is an all-of-government approach to digital continuity. It details 6 goals and 15 actions areas for implementation over 3 years, including provisions to develop a digital archive.

Key Messages

Important links

Digital Continuity Glossary
Lead and Specialist Agency directory
Risks to Digital Public Sector Information
Digital Continuity Action Plan
Future Perfect: Digital Continuity Conference 2010