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The New Zealand public sector is required by the Public Records Act 2005 (PRA) to create and maintain full, accurate and accessible records of the affairs of government. Information and records must be accurate and trustworthy, so they can be used now or in the future to enable governments to be held to account.

The PRA gives the Chief Archivist an independent role in leading and providing an integrated regulatory framework for the systematic creation, management, disposal and preservation of public sector information and records, including data. The PRA provides tools and powers for the Chief Archivist and Archives New Zealand to use in our stewardship role to regulate, assist and support public sector organisations to enable trusted government information.