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 is now seeking feedback to better understand the interests and concerns of the sector. A consultation period will run until Sunday 19th August 2018.

The Group are seeking feedback on the following questions during the consultation period:

  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?

The easiest way to submit feedback is by downloading our feedback form, completing it, and submitting it by email by clicking the link at the end. 

You can also email us your feedback directly to Please include your name, organisation (if relevant), email, and phone number in your feedback on the five questions, so we can get in touch with you with updates.

Please submit all feedback, and any queries you may have, by email to