Official Information Act (OIA) Articles

“She’ll be right” will not protect New Zealand’s democracy

1 September 2019

The survival of New Zealand’s democracy faces unprecedented threats over the next thirty years. A kiwi characteristic that could severely impede our capacity to respond, is the complacency of “she’ll be right”. Actually, it won’t be! Democracies need to be nurtured and supported – or risk having them turn into something else. There are four critical steps to shore up our democracy and sustain it.

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New Police report sheds light on data often asked about

5 July 2019

New Zealand Police has released a report that proactively shares answers to common data requests made under the Official Information Act. Our Data – You Asked Us is based on the most frequent data requests made by members of the public under the Official Information Act and is informed by data available on

According to the police media release:

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Official Information Act: Current review

6 May 2019

Liz Brown

TINZ Member with Delegated Authority for

New Zealand’s National Integrity System

Need for reform?

The Minister of Justice, Hon. Andrew Little, recently sought engagement of experts and practitioners familiar with the Official Information Act (OIA) 1982.  This wasn’t a full review, but an opportunity to comment on whether a formal review was needed. 

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Reporting on OIA requests and OIA complaints

5 April 2019

Julie Haggie


From the Office of the Ombudsman

Every six months the Chief Ombudsman, Peter Boshier, publishes data on OIA complaints received by the Ombudsman against Ministers and agencies.

The latest Official Information Act data shows a 34% rise in complaints received by his office since the data was first published two-and-a-half years ago.

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