Make an Official Information Act Request

You can request information held by Archives New Zealand and the Department of Internal Affairs under the Official Information Act 1982.

Official information means any information held by an agency subject to the OIA. Official information is not just documents or papers. It includes information held in any format, such as:

However, under section 2(1)(i) of the Official Information Act official information does not include information contained in:

(i) library or museum material made or acquired and preserved solely for reference or exhibition purposes.

This means that archived public records (i.e. our holdings) are not accessible through the OIA; you can still make requests for the business records of Archives New Zealand. Requests for archived public records will be treated as reference requests.

You can submit a request for official information from Archives New Zealand through the following channels:

Archives New Zealand
PO Box 12-050
New Zealand

For further information on Official Information Act requests, please see Making Official Information Act requests – Department of Internal Affairs