Official Information Act responses
The Official Information Act (OIA) allows anyone in New Zealand to ask for official information from the government. Find out how to make an OIA request to MPI and view some of the information we've released.
Making an OIA request
You can request any information held by MPI, including internal rules or guidelines for decision making, and personal information. Details about who can make a request, and how, are in the Ombudman's Guidelines for making an OIA request.
Email your OIA requests to email@example.com
MPI's OIA policy
Our OIA policy sets out our responsibilities for:
- releasing official and personal information
- withholding official and personal information
- investigations by the Ombudsman or the Privacy Commissioner into MPI's decisions under the OIA, and generally.
OIA requests policy [PDF, 767 KB]
Purpose of official information and privacy acts
The Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) and the Privacy Act 1993 help New Zealanders to:
- participate effectively in policy decisions and law making
- access official information about themselves.
Under the acts, every New Zealander can ask any government department about the information it holds.
OIA compliance reporting
The State Services Commission (SSC) and Office of the Ombudsman have a programme to improve transparency under the OIA. This includes reporting on the volume of:
- complaints to the Ombudsman (and their outcomes).
You can find OIA reports on their websites:
Information released by MPI
All-of-government response to infant formula blackmail threat
MPI is the government's communication lead for the response to the blackmail threat to infant formula (Operation Concord). The government has received a number of OIA requests for information it holds on this response.
Swamp kauri information
MPI has received a range of Official Information Act requests for information it holds about the milling and exporting of swamp kauri.
Whey protein concentrate contamination incident
In 2013, there was a suspected contamination of whey protein concentrate with Clostridium botulinum. Testing later confirmed no products had been contaminated. MPI released a number of documents related to the incident.
Historic genetically modified seed import incidents
MPI's predecessor agencies – the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and its division Biosecurity New Zealand – dealt with a number of incidents involving genetically modified (GM) seed imports between 2001 and 2005. At the time, the agencies released information and OIA documents relating to the incidents.