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Public Records Act 2005

17Requirement to create and maintain records

(1)

Every public office and local authority must create and maintain full and accurate records of its affairs, in accordance with normal, prudent business practice, including the records of any matter that is contracted out to an independent contractor.

(2)

Every public office must maintain in an accessible form, so as to be able to be used for subsequent reference, all public records that are in its control, until their disposal is authorised by or under this Act or required by or under another Act.

(3)

Every local authority must maintain in an accessible form, so as to be able to be used for subsequent reference, all protected records that are in its control, until their disposal is authorised by or under this Act.

Worth watching : An informal talk with Penny Bright which addresses this:  

How To Steal A Whole City, Penny Bright, Public Watchdog NZ

Currently( 20181019) awaiting outcome : 
Petition calling for an investigation into whether Auckland Council is complying with the Public Records Act 2005
Wednesday 26th of September 2018 : Petition Handover at Parliament

Official Information Act Requests
15th of May 2018 Is Auckland Council Complying with the Public Records Act 2005 ( Alan Preston )