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  1. Lindsay Ferguson, 27. February 2019, 11:11

    Professor Gilling is spot on. Archives New Zealand is a pale shadow of what it was prior to its re-submersion into DIA in 2010. It was regarded by the head of the State Services Commission at that time as a ‘well functioning department’. It was run efficiently and competently by properly qualified professionals. It is now run by people with no discernibly relevant qualifications, many of the best staff have long since departed and it now struggles (or in various respects fails)to meet the duties imposed on it by its governing legislation the Public Records Act 2005. For it to be effective it needs to be removed from under the toxic and financially grasping blanket of DIA, made an Office of Parliament given its constitutional role, and rebuilt with properly qualified staff in its senior management roles. Making it an Office of Parliament will put it beyond the reach of the SSC and transient short-sighted Ministers and allow it to meet its proper obligations. It would also ensure that the role of the Chief Archivist is filled by someone with appropriate qualifications and allow the organisation to set its own strategic direction and priorities. It would also protect the integrity of its budget and buildings. I led its corporate services area between 1993 and 2006 and am saddened by Archives’ presently enfeebled state. It would make an extraordinary case study of how a highly performing agency could be turned into an administrative cot case.