28 Jul 2011

Disaster shows up lack of records recovery plan

6:46 am on 28 July 2011

Chief archivist Greg Goulding says public offices need to do better to protect their records from a natural disaster.

In a report, Mr Goulding says Archives New Zealand is now working to manage the rescue and recovery of records in Canterbury, where the earthquakes quakes left many public records lost or damaged.

He says an annual survey of government record-keeping shows that only 34% of public offices have a disaster recovery plan covering their paper records and 60% reported they had a business continuity plan for electronic records.

Mr Goulding says access to vital business information is a key component in getting government services running again quickly after a disaster.