Archives New Zealand manages the implementation of the Public Records Act 2005 which established the framework for recordkeeping in the state sector. The Act authorises the Chief Archivist to set the standards for creating and maintaining records and to carry out audits to ensure this is achieved.
Through its active recordkeeping programme, Archives New Zealand works across government to ensure that records pertinent to the integrity and accountability of government are maintained.
Within the Department's Information and Knowledge Services Group, the Chief Archivist works closely with Government Information Services and the National Library of New Zealand to bring knowledge and information directly and effectively to New Zealanders.
Archives New Zealand also collaborates with both public and private sector agencies to digitise public archives, enabling the public to access online records from a range of geographic locations.
Marilyn Little has been permanently appointed as Chief Archivist and General Manager of Archives New Zealand. The appointment was announced on the 19th of December 2014 with immediate effect. The announcement was made by Information and Knowledge Services Deputy Chief Executive Peter Murray and follows a fixed term appointment of one year in February 2014.
Previously Marilyn had worked as General Manager Policy at the Department of Internal Affairs and other senior roles in DIA, the Office of the Auditor-General and Department of Labour.
Marilyn brings to the role proven experience in legislation and regulation which is directly relevant to effective exercising of statutory decision making. Ensuring record-keeping reviews remain on track and strong initiatives adopted for better management of, and access to, archives remain her key priorities as Chief Archivist.
Her strong leadership and policy development background has enabled Marilyn to tackle many of the challenges facing the organisation and establish positive momentum on a number of fronts. As the demands upon Archives services continues to grow and reliance upon digital information increases, Marilyn’s resource and people management skills ensures an agile and innovative approach will be taken to meet staff and stakeholder demands.
Central to Marilyn’s appointment is to see Archives New Zealand taking a more visible influence in future information management directions. The General Manager Archives role will see Marilyn taking a more visible leadership role in the development of improved information management across the public service, and the wider state sector.