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Recordkeeping for text messages

If the business of public offices or local authorities is being transacted via text messages or another instantaneous, non-sequential, electronic communication mechanism, it is a public record or a local authority record and must be managed appropriately.

Please also see our factsheet Make a Record and our guide to Recordkeeping for Business Activities Carried out by Contractors.

Downloads

A Microsoft Word version of this guide can be downloaded here:

Recordkeeping for text messages (.doc 891kb)

A PDF version of this guide can be downloaded here:

Recordkeeping for text messages (PDF 54kb)

Presentation

Archives staff gave a presentation on this guidance to Wellington Records & Information professionals on 16 September 2015. A copy of the presentation slides can be viewed and downloaded in PDF format:

Text messages presention 16-09-2015 (PDF 392kb)

For further information please email us at rkadvice@dia.govt.nz