LIANZA advised the Ministers that there has been a clear message from our stakeholders that both the National Library of New Zealand and Archives NZ are unable to fulfill their statutory obligations in the current arrangement, that the library and information sector are very interested in the outcome of NALI and asked for an update.
The ministerial response to this request was received prior to the Christmas break. Minister Martin reiterated the Government’s commitment to the National Library of New Zealand and Archives NZ. She stated that the Government agrees with stakeholders views that the status quo institutional arrangements need to change. However, Minister Martin highlighted that the final form of the institutions must be made ‘in step with wider state sector reforms’.
The Public Service Bill, which includes provisions for public sector agencies, was introduced to Parliament in late November, and submissions close on January 31. Minster Martin stated that the review will continue to engage with stakeholders and that the work is a priority. The first stage of the review was funded in Budget 2019 and the next stages in the review are currently being finalised, however Minister Martin clarified that ‘in this context we are yet to make progress on the issue of institutional form … we continue to explore other possibilities to enhance the mana and status of the institutions’.
Minister Martin also commented that they are pleased to see National Library of New Zealand and Archives NZ working more closely with Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.
If more stakeholder consultation is planned as part of the NALI review, LIANZA will advise its members and also make further submissions.