Archives New Zealand

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Archives New Zealand
Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
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Agency overview
Jurisdiction New Zealand government recordkeeping and community archives
Headquarters Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington
Coordinates: 41°16′38″S 174°46′48″E / 41.277167°S 174.78°E / -41.277167; 174.78
Minister responsible Peter Dunne, Minister Responsible for Archives NZ
Agency executive Marilyn Little, Chief Archivist and General Manager
Parent agency Department of Internal Affairs

Archives New Zealand (in Māori: Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga) is the National Archives of New Zealand, with overall responsibility for government recordkeeping and for community archives. Since 1 February 2011 it has been part of the Department of Internal Affairs. Before 1 February 2011 Archives New Zealand was a separate government department.[1]

The main offices of Archives New Zealand in Wellington

Archives New Zealand holds more than 80 kilometers of New Zealand government records, dating from the early 19th to the early 21st century. Researchers can search descriptions of the records online, via the Archway finding aid.

The Treaty of Waitangi is on display in the Constitution Room at the head office in Wellington.

The Public Records Act 2005 greatly expanded the role of Archives New Zealand and the powers of the Chief Archivist.[2][3] The organisation now has a leadership role for recordkeeping throughout central and local government.

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  1. ^ Guy, Nathan. "Minister welcomes State Sector legislation (press release)". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Public Records Act 2005". State Services Commission. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Public Records Act 2005". Archives New Zealand. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 

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