Official Information Act requests
People in New Zealand can request government information (official information), and expect it to be made available, unless there is a good reason to withhold it.
Under the Official Information Act 1982, a request for official information held by government agencies, including HUD can be made by:
- New Zealand citizens
- permanent residents
- visitors to New Zealand, and
- body corporates registered or with a place of business in New Zealand.
Before you make a request
Before making a request, we encourage you to check out the information on this website as you may find the information you require is already publicly available.
The State Services Commission provide:
Make a request
Requests should include:
- your name
- your postal address or preferred email address, and
- specific details of the information you want.
You can send your request to:
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
PO Box 82
How long it will take
We'll acknowledge your request as soon as practical, and respond no later than 20 working days after we receive it.
If we need more time to make a decision about your request (for example, if you are requesting a lot of information), we'll let you know, and provide a specific due date.
How much it costs
Requesting official information is free, although we can charge a reasonable amount if it will take a lot of work to supply the information requested.
There is no charge for the first hour spent on your request, or for the first 20 pages of photocopying.
We may withhold information for specific reasons. If this occurs, we'll explain the reasons why.
For more information refer to sections 6, 9 and 18 of the Official Information Act 1982.
If you're unhappy with our response, contact us in the first instance to see if we can resolve the issue.
You can make a complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman if you:
- have concerns regarding the decision we made on your request, or
- are unhappy about the way your request was treated or processed.
The Office of the Ombudsman can investigate and review our decision and may make a recommendation to us if appropriate.
Published: May 18, 2020