Expand OIA eligibility

The Official Information Act 1982 should be amended to provide that any person (whether a citizen of New Zealand, resident in New Zealand or otherwise) can make a request for information.

Why the contribution is important

The Official Information Act 1982 currently only permits requests to be made by New Zealand citizens or residents (or corporate equivalents). This reflects its datedness; in 1987, when the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act was passed, requester eligibility had been expanded to permit requests by any person. The Law Commission considered this inconsistency in chapter 15 of its 2012 review of the Official Information Act ("The Public's Right to Know", R125), and recommended that the OIA provision be amended to be consistent with LGOIMA and allow requests by any person.

This would require legislation. The Ministry of Justice, as the agency responsible for the OIA, should have responsibility for this commitment.Milestones would include the drafting, introduction, and final passage of the bill.

The Official Information Act 1982 currently only permits requests to be made by New Zealand citizens or residents (or corporate equivalents). This reflects its datedness; in 1987, when the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act was passed, requester eligibility had been expanded to permit requests by any person. The Law Commission considered this inconsistency in chapter 15 of its 2012 review of the Official Information Act ("The Public's Right to Know", R125), and recommended that the OIA provision be amended to be consistent with LGOIMA and allow requests by any person.

This would require legislation. The Ministry of Justice, as the agency responsible for the OIA, should have responsibility for this commitment.Milestones would include the drafting, introduction, and final passage of the bill.

by IdiotSavant on April 12, 2018 at 01:54PM

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