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The National Archival & Library Institutions (NALI) Ministerial Group

A Ministerial Group has been formed with the intention of strengthening the contribution the national archival and library institutions (Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Archives New Zealand and National Library) make to the culture and heritage sector, and to open and transparent government.

The group, co-chaired by Associate Minister for the Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Robertson, and the Minister of Internal Affairs Minister Martin, also includes the Minister for State Services, Minister Hipkins, the Minister for Māori Development, Minister Mahuta and the Minister for Government Digital Services and Open Government, Minister Curran.

Read the Ministers’ announcement of 13 June.

View the Terms of Reference for the Group.

Have Your Say

The Ministerial Group sought feedback from stakeholders and posted five questions on the Department of Internal Affairs’ website. The questions were open until 19 August.

The five questions focus on the challenges and opportunities for the national archival and library institutions as a whole.

If you’d like to provide your views on Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision specifically please email We’ll use that information to help inform our responses. For example, these could be around some of the things that are unique about our organisation:

  • That we’re an independent charitable trust.
  • Our constitution says we must have a board with three of the Trustees representing Māori interests, through their own heritage and / or their connections with iwi and iwi interests.
  • A good portion of the collection we care for is made up of deposits from private individuals but ownership remains with the depositor.
  • We have a role in honouring the kaitiaki of items with particular significance to whānau, hapū and iwi.

We’re excited by the opportunities that may come out of this review. Our hoped-for outcome is that we have certainty around our future as an appropriately resourced, sustainable archive under a structure that continues to reflect what is unique about how we care for the precious taonga in our collection.

We will update this webpage as new information on the review comes to hand or you can email to be added to our stakeholder communications list.