The Information and records management standard is mandatory for all public offices, including state and state-integrated schools, and local authorities.
State and state-integrated schools have always been subject to the Public Records Act 2005, but standards have not previously been extended to include schools.
Archives New Zealand is currently working with the Ministry of Education to develop guidance specifically designed to help school boards understand and implement the requirements of the standard. Updates on the progress of this work will be communicated through the Records Toolkit and the relevant Ministry of Education channels.
School boards do not yet need to make any changes to practice and should use or continue to use the guidance in the School Records Retention and Disposal Information Pack available from education.govt.nz.
Until further notice, please direct any questions about the standard to your nearest Archives New Zealand office:
Upper North Island contact Auckland Regional Office
Lower North Island contact Wellington Head Office
Canterbury/Westland/Marlborough/Nelson contact Christchurch Regional Office
Otago/Southland contact Dunedin Regional Office