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Public Records Act 2005

For more up to date information regarding the Public Records Act 2005 please visit the Records Toolkit

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

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

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