Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

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Version as at 30 November 2022

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Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

Public Act
1987 No 174
Date of assent
17 July 1987
see section 1(2)

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.


1Short Title and commencement
2ATemporary definition of publicly notified as result of outbreak of COVID-19 [Repealed]
3Act to bind the Crown
5Principle of availability
6Conclusive reasons for withholding official information
7Other reasons for withholding official information
8Information concerning existence of certain information
9Exclusion of public interest immunity
12Transfer of requests
13Decisions on requests
14Extension of time limits
16Deletion of information from documents
17Refusal of requests
17ARequests involving substantial collation or research
17BDuty to consider consulting person if request likely to be refused under section 17(e) or (f)
18Reason for refusal to be given
19Publication setting out functions of local authorities [Repealed]
20Right of access to publication published under section 19 [Repealed]
21Right of access to internal rules affecting decisions
22Right of access by person to reasons for decisions affecting that person
23Right of access to personal information
25Correction of information
26Reasons for refusal of requests for personal information
27Functions of Ombudsmen
28Application of Ombudsmen Act 1975
29Requirements of Ombudsman to be complied with within certain period
29AConsultation with Privacy Commissioner
30Procedure after investigation
31Disclosure of certain information not to be recommended
32Recommendations made to local authorities
33Requirements in relation to decision
34Right of review
36Complainant to be informed of result of investigation
37Restriction on application for review
38Application of Ombudsmen Act 1975
39Ombudsman may require publication of summary of report
40Saving in respect of Ombudsmen Act 1975
41Protection against certain actions
42Delegation of powers by local authority
43Delegation of powers by officers
44ALand information memorandum
45AApplication of this Part to certain local authorities
46Meetings of local authorities to be publicly notified
46AAvailability of agendas and reports
46BModifications to section 46A while epidemic notice in force for COVID-19 [Repealed]
47Admission of public to meetings of local authorities
47AModifications to section 47 while epidemic notice in force for COVID-19 [Repealed]
48Right of local authorities to exclude public
49Provisions applying when meeting open to public
50Maintenance of order
51Right of public to inspect or receive copies of minutes of meeting
51AAModifications to section 51 while epidemic notice in force for COVID-19 [Repealed]
51APublic notification of resolution at extraordinary meeting
52Defamatory matter in copy of agenda or additional particulars supplied to public or in minutes of meeting
53Oral statements at local authority meetings privileged
54This Part to prevail over other enactments
56Power to amend Schedules 1 and 2 by Order in Council
57Consequential amendments to other enactments
58Repeals and revocations
59Transitional provisions for amendments made on or after commencement of Local Government Official Information and Meetings Amendment Act 2013

An Act to make official information held by local authorities more freely available, to provide for proper access by each person to official information relating to that person which is held by local authorities, to provide for the admission of the public to meetings of local authorities, to protect official information held by local authorities and the deliberations of local authorities to the extent consistent with the public interest and the preservation of personal privacy, and to establish procedures for the achievement of those purposes