Tagged: official information act

Official information kept secret too long - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Aug 20, 2018

Official information is being kept secret for longer than it should be. For the past few months, I have been gathering and analysing data from 12 government agencies, looking at how they handle requests made under the Official Information Act. My findings reflect what many have observed more anecdotally: responses to requests for information are often sent at the very … Read More

OIA Accessibility - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Nov 20, 2017

The Official Information Act has an accessibility problem. I wrote recently about asking the government for information, having just published a guide to using the OIA. The OIA is a powerful tool, but it can be limited by how government agencies choose to follow it. One particular limitation that comes up, again and again, … Read More

Asking the government for information - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Oct 31, 2017

You have the right to ask the government for information. Because of a law called the Official Information Act (OIA), they’re obliged to give it to you unless there is a good reason not to. You’ve likely seen the OIA mentioned in the news. Phrases like “Documents released to [news outlet] under the Official Information Act” can often be found … Read More

OIA: changes in RB practice and in law needed - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Jan 19, 2016

Just before Christmas, I drew attention to the Reserve Bank’s new policy of charging for Official Information Act requests.   At the time, this paragraph appeared on the Bank’s website. The Reserve Bank has a policy of charging for information provided in response to Official Information requests when the chargeable time taken to provide the information exceeds one hour, … Read More

The OIA: a rather egregious abuse - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Dec 07, 2015

The outgoing Ombudsman’s report reviewing OIA practices in the public sector is to be released this week.  The Dominion Post wrote a scathing editorial about her tenure and her approach to the Official Information Act.  As it notes: Her retirement is welcome.  We don’t expect much from her review. The Ombudsman’s office is badly under-resourced, limiting the extent to … Read More