25 years of LGOIMA Loading Comments…
March 1, 2013
The Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) commenced operation in New Zealand 25 years ago today.
LGOIMA gives everyone the ability to request access to official information from local authorities, so that they can:
- have a say and an opportunity to influence the actions and decisions of local authorities
- hold local authority members and their officials to account for any decisions or actions they take
- understand why decisions were made which will enhance both respect for the law and promote good local government in New Zealand.
It also provides for advance public notification of, and public access to meetings of local authorities and protects official information and the deliberations of local authorities from disclosure - but only to the extent that is consistent with the public interest and the need to protect personal privacy in a particular case. The types of bodies this applies to is the meetings of District, City and Regional Councils, School Boards of Trustees constituted under Part IX of the Education Act 1989, Health Boards, Licensing Trusts, Fish and Game Councils and Conservation Boards to name a few. Our current guidelines on these meeting provisions can be viewed here.
From 1 March 1987, the guiding principle all local authorities must apply when considering requests for access to official information they hold is “that the information shall be made available unless there is a good reason (as defined in LGOIMA) for withholding it ”.
Our current practice guidelines on the LGOIMA can be viewed here.
If a requester is not satisfied with a local authority’s response to their request, they are able to ask the Ombudsman to investigate and review what occurred. Information about making a complaint about official information access under LGOIMA can be found here.
In order to celebrate and promote 25 years of this important piece of legislation operating in New Zealand, we will be publishing a comprehensive training guideline for users of the LGOIMA later this month.Back to top ↑