Requesting information from us

You can request information from us under the Official Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 2020. Find out how to ask MPI for information about the law and our responsibilities.

Types of requests

You can request information held by MPI. This can be:

  • official information – such as our internal rules or guidelines for decision making
  • personal information – information that MPI holds about you.

How to request official information

Email your request for official information from MPI to

The Ombudsman's Office has guidelines you should read about who can make a request and advice on how to do it.

Guidelines for making an OIA request

How to request personal information


Make sure you include:

  • your name
  • your contact details
  • an outline of the information you're seeking.

We prefer email, but you can also send your request by post:

Chief Privacy Officer
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

The Privacy Commissioner's website has information about who can make a request and the rules.

Purpose of official information and privacy acts

The Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) and the Privacy Act 2020 help people to:

  • participate effectively in policy decisions and law making
  • access information about themselves.

Under the acts, you can ask any government department about the information it holds.

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