Official Information Act requests

The Official Information Act 1982 gives New Zealanders the right to request official information.

If you would like to make a request please check our website first as you may find that the information you are looking for is already available.

If the information is not available on our website, you can make a request for information by email, letter or phone. Please include your contact details and specific details of the information you are requesting.

Email a request to:

Post a request to:

OIA co-ordinator | 44 The Terrace | PO Box 2351 | Wellington 6140 | New Zealand


0800 943 600

We will respond to your request no later than 20 working days after we receive it. In some circumstances the Act allows for an extension of time – if we require an extension we will contact you.

We may need to withhold certain information. If we need to do this we will let you know why. For information on why information can be withheld see sections 6, 9 and 18 of the Official Information Act.

Please note the Commission intends to publish most OIA responses from October 2017 on our new website which is currently in development.


If you are unhappy with our response to your official information request please contact us. If you remain unhappy after contacting us, you can seek a review of the response by the Ombudsman.

More information

Making an official information request

Directory of official information

Office of the Ombudsman