Official Information Requests
Requests for official information can be made by any person. Any request for information made to Council is a request made under either the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 or the Privacy Act 1993, although you do not need to reference an Act when making a request.
How can I make a request?
Your information request can be made via
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Letter to Private Bag 60601, Paraparaumu 5254
- Fax on 04 296 4830
Alternatively you can verbally make a request for information from any Council staff member.
To help us respond to you as quickly as possible, please be clear and concise about the information you require. If you are seeking information from between a certain timeframe, please be specific about the range of dates.
What legislation applies to my request?
The Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 covers information requests made about or around another person, issue or event.
The Privacy Act 1993 covers requests for personal information about yourself.
By law, under these Acts, Council has a maximum of 20 workings days to reply to your request. This time limit can be extended in certain circumstances. If an extension is required we will advise you of this within 20 working days and provide you with a reason why the extension is necessary.
You can ask for your request to be treated as urgent but you must state the reason for urgency. Council will endeavour to respond to your request within your timeframe where possible.
Once a request is made the Council must supply the information unless grounds exist for withholding it. Legislation requires Council to provide you with reasons if the information is to be withheld and advise you of your right to complain to either the Ombudsman or Privacy Commissioner depending on the legislation your request falls under.
Do any charges apply?
Council cannot charge for information provided under the Privacy Act, however there are certain instances where charges may apply to information provided under Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. These charges are required to be reasonable and are applied to cover the costs of research, collating and copying. Charges for official information requests are made on a case by case basis. You will be notified if a charge is to apply and provided with an estimate of the cost for your agreement before we proceed to compile the information you have requested.
Note: During the Christmas / New Year holiday period work will continue on processing information requests, although delivery timeframes may be impacted. This is because the days from 25 December to 15 January are not counted as working days in the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.
For further details regarding information requests please contact the Corporate Planning and Reporting team on 0800 486 486.