Official Information Act 1982

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  • This version was replaced on 29 September 2016 to make corrections to section 2(1) under section 25(1)(i) and (j)(iv) of the Legislation Act 2012.

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List of amendments incorporated in this version

  • Official Information (Parliamentary Under-Secretaries) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 34)

  • Standards and Accreditation Act 2015 (2015 No 91): section 45

  • Official Information Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 29)

  • Trade (Safeguard Measures) Act 2014 (2014 No 66): section 30

  • Veterans’ Support Act 2014 (2014 No 56): section 278

  • Victims’ Rights Amendment Act 2014 (2014 No 35): section 31

  • Companies Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 111): section 14

  • Game Animal Council Act 2013 (2013 No 98): section 41(2)

  • Inquiries Act 2013 (2013 No 60): section 39

  • Education Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 34): section 48

  • Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 19): section 8

  • Legislation Act 2012 (2012 No 119): section 77(3)

  • Mental Health Commission Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 42): section 7(2)

  • New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 41): section 26

  • Financial Reporting Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 22): section 12

  • Financial Markets Authority Act 2011 (2011 No 5): section 82

  • National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 132): section 18

  • Rugby World Cup 2011 (Empowering) Act 2010 (2010 No 123): section 97

  • Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Judicial Conduct Panel (Deputy Commissioner and Disposal of Complaints) Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 5): section 16

  • Immigration Act 2009 (2009 No 51): section 406(1)

  • Māori Trustee Amendment Act 2009 (2009 No 12): section 30(1)

  • Criminal Disclosure Act 2008 (2008 No 38): section 38

  • New Zealand Geographic Board (Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa) Act 2008 (2008 No 30): section 38

  • Sentencing Council Act 2007 (2007 No 25): section 12

  • State-Owned Enterprises (Kordia Group Limited) Order 2007 (SR 2007/17): clause 3(2)

  • Official Information Act (Schedule 1) Order 2006 (SR 2006/321)

  • Overseas Investment Act 2005 (2005 No 82): section 75

  • Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Management Act 2005 (2005 No 36): section 29

  • Crown Entities Act 2004 (2004 No 115): section 200

  • Resource Management (Waitaki Catchment) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 77): section 12

  • Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Judicial Conduct Panel Act 2004 (2004 No 38): section 35

  • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Act 2004 (2004 No 20): section 36

  • Education (Disestablishment of Early Childhood Development Board) Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 14): section 7(a)

  • Official Information Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 90)

  • Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48): section 175(1)

  • State Sector Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 41): section 14(1)

  • Wool Industry Restructuring Act 2003 (2003 No 40): section 62(1)

  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Act 2003 (2003 No 27): section 84

  • Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Act 2003 (2003 No 21): section 58

  • National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) Act 2003 (2003 No 19): section 47

  • Hop Industry Restructuring Act 2003 (2003 No 16): section 12(1)

  • Government Communications Security Bureau Act 2003 (2003 No 9): section 30

  • Racing Act 2003 (2003 No 3): section 69(1)

  • Remuneration Authority (Members of Parliament) Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 54): section 4(1)

  • Victims’ Rights Act 2002 (2002 No 39): section 53

  • Parole Act 2002 (2002 No 10): section 125

  • Official Information (First Schedule) Order 2002 (SR 2002/384)

  • Public Trust Act 2001 (2001 No 100): section 170(1)

  • Education Standards Act 2001 (2001 No 88): sections 83, 94(a)

  • Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001 (2001 No 51): section 165(4)

  • Apple and Pear Industry Restructuring Act Repeal Act 2001 (2001 No 50): section 10(2)

  • Fishing Industry Board Repeal Act 2001 (2001 No 34): section 5(3)

  • State-Owned Enterprises (Landcorp Farming Limited) Order 2001 (SR 2001/23): clause 4

  • New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 (2000 No 91): section 111(1)

  • Alcohol Advisory Council Amendment Act 2000 (2000 No 25): section 25(1)

  • Parliamentary Service Act 2000 (2000 No 17): section 38

  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 (2000 No 14): section 41

  • Education (Change of Name of Education Entities) Order 2000 (SR 2000/117): clause 4(1)

  • Children’s Health Camps Board Dissolution Act 1999 (1999 No 141): section 7

  • Apple and Pear Industry Restructuring Act 1999 (1999 No 96): section 27(2)

  • Kiwifruit Industry Restructuring Act 1999 (1999 No 95): section 28

  • Meat Board Act 1997 (1997 No 105): section 82(1)

  • State-Owned Enterprises (Solid Energy New Zealand Limited) Order 1997 (SR 1997/277): clause 3

  • Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (1996 No 30): section 149

  • State-Owned Enterprises (Crown Forestry Management Limited) Order 1996 (SR 1996/122): clause 3

  • Radio New Zealand Act (No 2) 1995 (1995 No 53): section 2

  • Radio New Zealand Act 1995 (1995 No 52): section 20

  • Department of Justice (Restructuring) Act 1995 (1995 No 39): section 10(3)

  • Veterinarians Act 1994 (1994 No 107): section 75(5)

  • Finance Act 1994 (1994 No 73): section 7(1)

  • Southland Electricity Act 1993 (1993 No 147): section 34

  • Takeovers Act 1993 (1993 No 107): section 49

  • Human Rights Act 1993 (1993 No 82): section 145

  • Official Information Amendment Act 1993 (1993 No 36)

  • Electricity Act 1992 (1992 No 122): section 56(1)

  • Housing Restructuring Act 1992 (1992 No 76): section 41

  • Racing Amendment Act 1992 (1992 No 41): section 41

  • Official Information Amendment Act 1992 (1992 No 24)

  • New Zealand Export-Import Corporation Dissolution Act 1992 (1992 No 23): section 7

  • State-Owned Enterprises Order 1992 (SR 1992/181): clause 4

  • Privacy Commissioner Act 1991 (1991 No 126): section 37

  • New Zealand Planning Council Dissolution Act 1991 (1991 No 97): section 8

  • Finance Act 1991 (1991 No 93): sections 6, 9(1), 12(1), 19, 25

  • Legal Services Act 1991 (1991 No 71): section 159(1)

  • Animal Control Products Limited Act 1991 (1991 No 36): section 19

  • Official Information Order 1991 (SR 1991/130)

  • Health Research Council Act 1990 (1990 No 68): section 58

  • Education Amendment Act 1990 (1990 No 60): section 50(1), (4)

  • State-Owned Enterprises Amendment Act (No 2) 1990 (1990 No 49): section 4(1)

  • Conservation Law Reform Act 1990 (1990 No 31): section 37

  • Finance Act 1990 (1990 No 20): section 5

  • New Zealand Council for Postgraduate Medical Education Act Repeal Act 1990 (1990 No 10): section 4(e)

  • Education Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 156): section 49(6)

  • Regulations (Disallowance) Act 1989 (1989 No 143): section 11

  • Meat Export Control Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 132): sections 4(3), 12(1)(d)

  • Phosphate Commission of New Zealand Dissolution Act 1989 (1989 No 131): section 2(4)

  • Tourist Hotel Corporation of New Zealand Act 1989 (1989 No 130): sections 16, 17(1)

  • Official Information Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 122)

  • Gaming and Lotteries Amendment Act 1989 (1989 No 118): section 6(4)

  • Education Act 1989 (1989 No 80): section 142(2)

  • Waterfront Industry Restructuring Act 1989 (1989 No 66): section 51(e)

  • Broadcasting Act 1989 (1989 No 25): section 88

  • Waterfront Industry Reform Act 1989 (1989 No 6): section 37

  • Poultry Board Act Repeal Act 1989 (1989 No 4): section 4(4)

  • Post Office Bank Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 173): section 3

  • Testing Laboratory Registration Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 167): section 11

  • Wool Testing Authority Dissolution Act 1988 (1988 No 166): sections 25(1), 27(2)

  • State-Owned Enterprises Amendment Act (No 4) 1988 (1988 No 162): section 9

  • Broadcasting Amendment Act (No 2) 1988 (1988 No 161): section 15

  • New Zealand Trade Development Board Act 1988 (1988 No 160): section 12(2)

  • Shipping Corporation of New Zealand Act Repeal Act 1988 (1988 No 154): section 5

  • War Pensions Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 148): section 10(4)

  • Consumer Council Act Repeal Act 1988 (1988 No 144): section 9

  • Development Finance Corporation of New Zealand Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 141): section 15(1), (4)

  • Finance Act (No 2) 1988 (1988 No 128): sections 15, 21, 25

  • Canterbury Provincial Buildings Vesting Amendment Act 1988 (1988 No 106): section 2(6)

  • Port Companies Act 1988 (1988 No 91): section 41(2)

  • State Sector Act 1988 (1988 No 20): section 90(d)

  • Milk Act 1988 (1988 No 13): section 27(2)

  • Finance Act 1987 (1987 No 200): sections 13(5), 14(1)(d)

  • Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (1987 No 174): section 57(1)

  • Victims of Offences Act 1987 (1987 No 173): section 16

  • State-Owned Enterprises Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 117): section 11(1)

  • Temporary Safeguard Authorities Act 1987 (1987 No 88): section 11

  • New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 (1987 No 86): section 27

  • Immigration Act 1987 (1987 No 74): section 151(1)

  • Official Information Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 8)

  • Wheat Board Amendment Act 1986 (1986 No 25): section 14(2)

  • Parliamentary Service Act 1985 (1985 No 128): section 71(1)

  • Official Information Amendment Act 1983 (1983 No 83)

  • Official Information Act 1982 (1982 No 156): section 53(a), (b)