Earthquakes and OIA response times Loading Comments…
November 18, 2016
The recent earthquakes have impacted on a number of central government agencies located in Wellington. Some agencies have still not been able to return to their offices while the safety of their buildings is being evaluated.
The Ombudsmen recognise that this will have an impact on the ability of some agencies to meet OIA response deadlines. They will take these extenuating circumstances into account in relevant cases, when deciding how to deal with complaints that are received about delays or extensions of the timeframes for responding to OIA requests.
The same will apply to local government agencies that have been directly affected by the earthquakes, and their ability to meet response deadlines under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act.
Where possible, agencies should try and keep requesters informed with what is happening on their requests, and when an unavoidable delay has arisen as a result of the earthquakes. Agencies and requesters can always approach this Office for advice by telephoning 0800 802 602.Back to top ↑