Official Information Act

Official Information Act

One of the key purposes of the Official Information Act is to make information more freely available, which promotes good governance and instils trust and confidence in our State services.

Requesting information

People in New Zealand can request government information (official information) and can expect it to be made available unless there is a good reason to withhold it. The Official Information Act 1982 (or OIA) enables people and businesses within New Zealand, to make a request for official information held by government agencies, including NZGCP.

Making a request

Your request should be as clear and specific as you can possibly make it. We will need to know:

  • Your name
  • Contact address (email or postal)
  • Details of the information you want

Please email these details to us here at

How long will it take?

We will acknowledge your request and will give you a decision on your request as soon as possible. We aim to make a decision within 20 working days from when we receive your request.

If we need more time to make our decision, or need more information from you, it may take a bit longer. If this is the case, we’ll let you know and give you an idea of how long it will take. 

Advice and Tips on the process

Here are some helpful tips for requesting information and guidance on how agencies will respond. These links will take you to another website