Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Speech - New Dawn for National Archives

MEDIA RELEASE

HON MARIAN HOBBS

MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES


19 May, 2000

New Dawn for National Archives

The National Archives of New Zealand will become an independent department, responsible for record keeping within the government, from October 1, the Minister responsible for National Archives, Marian Hobbs, announced today. It is currently part of the Department of Internal Affairs.

"This is a new beginning for the National Archives," Marian Hobbs said. "The Government recognises that the important constitutional function National Archives play, requires an independent status.

"Most people know that the Archives preserve historic documents fundamental to our existence as a nation, such as the Treaty of Waitangi and the 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition. In addition, the work of the Archives is directed at ensuring that a full and accurate record is kept throughout Government.

"This work is needed for good government. Records verify and can be used to test the accountability which departments, agencies, and authorities owe to the Crown through the people's elected representatives. They also document the rights and entitlements of citizens.

"Many people have long argued that only full institutional independence could give the Chief Archivist the authority and stature within Government to ensure that a full record of Government’s activity is maintained. An effective Archives is also essential if our democracy is to function. One of the keys to our freedom as a people is the accountability of governments to those who elect them. For this to happen, the record of Government must be accurate and reliable."

The Minister said the Budget would include a substantial increase in baseline funding for National Archives to enable it to carry out its important functions.

This will fund a realistic maintenance budget of National Archives buildings, expansion of the National Archives statutory and regulatory role in establishing and maintaining recordkeeping standards throughout Government, and work on developing a policy for electronic records.

The Budget will also provide for a capital injection to assist the development of computerised finding aids in National Archives.

"Support for New Zealand’s National Archives has simply not kept pace with either the customer service expected of such an important institution nor with the needs Government itself has of its archives authority," Marian Hobbs said. "This includes dealing with new developments such as electronic records. With two steps, an independent departmental status and a more realistic level of funding, the Government has made a substantial contribution towards turning the National Archives into the strong, responsive institution our democracy requires."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news