National Archival and Library Institutions Ministerial Group

Our national libraries and archives make a significant and vital contribution to New Zealand culture, and earlier this year, Government decided to look into how this contribution can be strengthened.

Read the Ministers' announcement (13/06/2018): Strengthening our national archives and libraries (Beehive website)

The National Archival and Library Institutions Ministerial Group, co-chaired by the Minister of Internal Affairs and the Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, was set up to help progress the programme of work.
Read the Terms of Reference:

The Ministerial Group sought feedback from the sector to better understand their interests and concerns in July and August 2018. The consultation period closed on 19 August 2018. The Department of Internal Affairs and the Ministry for Culture and heritage are now reviewing and analysing the submissions made to the Ministerial Group.

The five questions that shaped the public consultation were:

  1. What are the two or three key challenges for the national archival and library institutions (Archives New Zealand, the National Library of New Zealand and Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision)? What is the most urgent challenge?
  2. Does the position of Chief Archivist have the independence and authority necessary to be an effective regulator of records and information management within its broad regulatory mandate? Does the position of National Librarian have the independence and authority necessary to carry out the responsibilities of that position? Why/why not?
  3. What changes, if any, would you suggest to the role or structure of Archives New Zealand or the National Library?
  4. What opportunities exist for the national archival and library institutions to work more effectively together in collecting, preserving and providing access to New Zealand's documentary heritage? In particular, what opportunities exist in relation to digital preservation and access? 
  5. What does the public need in the next 30 years from the national archival and library institutions? 

Proactive release of submissions received through public consultation process

The Department of Internal Affairs has released the submissions received through the stakeholder engagement process from July to August 2018, and the Summary of Submissions which was provided to Ministers.

In order to protect the privacy of DIA staff members who made a submission, their submissions have not been included in this release.

The submissions are categorised on this page by sector. The sectors are:

The Summary of Submissions notes that 145 submissions were received. This figure does not include: 

Further information will be published on this website as information becomes available. 

More information

For more information contact nalifeedback@dia.govt.nz.