Tagged: oia

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

Emissions policy and immigration policy - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Jun 21, 2017

A month or so ago I ran a couple of posts on New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions in international context.  Readers may recall that New Zealand now has the second highest emissions per unit of GDP of any OECD country, having moved up from sixth in 1990.     As part of the Paris climate change accord process, New … Read More

Charging for official information - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Jan 26, 2016

Debate over the Reserve Bank’s new charging policy has continued.  Under a heading “The perils of user-pays democracy” Bryce Edwards had a nice summary of the articles and commentaries that had appeared by late last week.   And since then the flow has continued –  including a Rob Hosking piece in NBR, a Dominion-Post article about, and interview … 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