Archivists and ombudsmen are natural allies in the cause of good governance. First, good recordkeeping (as promoted by archivists) can help prevent instances of maladministration, thus reducing the likelihood of ombudsmen's investigations being required. Second, good records will assist an ombudsmen when an investigation does occur or, conversely, the absence of good records can hinder such an investigation. This article illustrates its arguments with reference to investigations into the 1995 Cave Creek tragedy in New Zealand. It calls for archivists and ombudsmen to actively collaborate to advance their mutual interest in good governance.