Official Information Act responses

The Official Information Act (OIA) allows anyone in New Zealand to ask for official information from the government. View some of the information we've released under the OIA and check how we comply with the rules.


Under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) and the Privacy Act 1993, you can ask any government department about the information it holds.

You can request any 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 yourself.

Information released by MPI

Fisheries compliance reports

In 2018, MPI released historical reports on compliance risk profiling of:

  • the Southern Blue Whiting fishery
  • hoki fisheries on the West Coast of the South Island and Chatham Rise. 

These reports were designed to better inform fisheries management practices and improve compliance.

Napier City Council animal control and pound investigation

In October 2016, the Ministry for Primary Industries began an investigation into allegations of breaches of the Animal Welfare Act 1999 at the Animal Control Unit of the Napier City Council.

The allegations related to the period between August 2015 and October 2016. The investigation was concluded in January 2017 and a report released in May 2017.

The report concluded there was either no or insufficient evidence of breaches of the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

Note, the report has been redacted – the names of individuals have been removed to protect their privacy and some other information has been withheld as it could prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied, or who is the subject of, the information.

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.

How we're tracking under the OIA

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:

  • requests
  • complaints to the Ombudsman (and their outcomes).

The reports are published on their websites and include information about MPI:

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