18A Requests involving substantial collation or research

(1)

In deciding whether to refuse a request under section 18(f), the department or interdepartmental venture, Minister of the Crown, or organisation must consider whether doing either or both of the following would enable the request to be granted:

(a)

fixing a charge under section 15:

(b)

extending the time limit under section 15A.

(2)

For the purposes of refusing a request under section 18(f), the department or venture, Minister of the Crown, or organisation may treat as a single request 2 or more requests from the same person—

(a)

that are about the same subject matter or about similar subject matters; and

(b)

that are received simultaneously or in short succession.

Section 18A: inserted, on 22 October 2003, by section 3 of the Official Information Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 90).

Section 18A(1): amended, on 7 August 2020, by section 135 of the Public Service Act 2020 (2020 No 40).

Section 18A(2): amended, on 7 August 2020, by section 135 of the Public Service Act 2020 (2020 No 40).