Official Information Act requests
Find out how to request information from us under the Official Information Act 1982.
Make an Official Information Act request
The Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) helps New Zealand Citizens, permanent residents and anyone in New Zealand access information held by Government organisations and Ministers. This promotes openness and transparency and enables greater public participation in government.
You can also fill in a public OIA request on the website fyi.org.nz — your request and our response will be published.
Information not covered by the Act
You can request information held by the National Library and the Department of Internal Affairs under the Official Information Act 1982.
However, under section 2(1) of the Official Information Act "official information" does not include information contained in:
- library or museum material made or acquired and preserved solely for reference or exhibition purposes; or
- material placed in the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa by or on behalf of persons other than Ministers of the Crown in their official capacity or departments; or
- any oral history provided to the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa in accordance with section 10 of the National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) Act 2003.
Get in touch if you need help or want to send us an Official Information Act request.
Official Information Act phone, email
Official Information Act postal address
Department of Internal Affairs
147 Lambton Quay
PO Box 805