State Records Act 1998 No 17
35 Public office entitled to return of records if needed
(1) If a record that is a State archive is required for use for official purposes in the public office responsible for the record, the public office is entitled to temporary custody of it while it is required for use.(2) The public office is not entitled to custody of the original record (unless the Authority is satisfied that custody of the original is needed) and the giving of custody of a copy of the record is sufficient to satisfy this section.(3) If custody of the original is needed it can be given subject to conditions designed to ensure the safe keeping and proper preservation of the original.(4) The Authority is entitled to charge a public office for the reasonable expenses that the Authority incurs in giving the public office temporary custody of a record under this section.