Official information requests over the holiday period
If you ask an agency for official information, by law they must respond to your request as soon as reasonably practicable and no later than 20 working days after they receive it.
However, over the holiday period there are 3 weeks that don’t count as ‘working days’.
For Official Information Act (OIA) requests, the holiday period is 25 December 2022 to 15 January 2023 (inclusive).
This affects OIA requests received on or after 28 November 2022.
For Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) requests, the holiday period is 20 December 2021 to 10 January 2022 (inclusive).
This affects LGOIMA requests received on or after:
- 22 November 2022, or
- 21 November 2022 for agencies observing Chatham Islands or Westland anniversary dates.