Yearly review of OIAs redacted or declined by the NZ government
This one probably needs a bit of explanation, more than most of my projects.
The short version is that here in New Zealand, we have the Official Information Act of 1982 or OIA for short.
It allows anyone in New Zealand, permanent or otherwise, to request almost any sort of information from members of government.
I once wrote a getting started guide that go through the background and all that here so I can recommend that for extra context.
Anyway, in saying this, there are certain “grounds” that can be invoked to redact or retain secrets such as those that might affect the privacy of a person or cause economic troubles for example.
That got me thinking. While the contents of redacted OIAs may not be accessible to the public, metadata about those OIAs can be just as interesting and so that’s what this project is about.
Each year, I make a request to the Prime Minister’s Office and ask for a list of OIAs that have been redacted or denied each year.
Admittedly, a few years I’ve forgotten to explicitly request the particular date so half of my data set are just time ranges but generally, the titles and grounds for denial are the most interesting.
At some point, I may file a request to backfill some data prior to when this list started but I haven’t had any plans to do much more than keep it updated yearly as of yet.
I’m due to file my next update sometime around August or September 2021
|Request Date||Subject||Denied Under|
|2019 - 2020||Request relating to the Trans-Tasman bubble||6(a)|
|2019 - 2020||Request relating to Asian organised crime||6(a)|
|2019 - 2020||Request relating to women's involvement in Radical-extremist groups||6(a)|
|2019 - 2020||Request for titles and dates of formal reports relating to COVID-19||6(a)|
|2019 - 2020||Request regarding Zoom conference clearance||6(a)|
|2019 - 2020||Request for information relating to the Whakaari/White Island eruption on 9 December 2019 and the subsequent recovery operation||6(a)|
|2019 - 2020||Request relating to Y2K||6(a), 6(b)|
|2019 - 2020||Request relating to Moonshot CVE||6(a), 6(b)|
|2018 - 2019||Request relating to the July inter-agency cyber meeting||6(a)|
|2018 - 2019||Request for the number of National Assessment Bureau Employees, the number who speak Mandarin and Cantonese and the number with a security clearance||6(a)|
|2018 - 2019||Request relating to advice provided to the Prime Minister on camps in Xinjiang, China||6(a)|
|2018 - 2019||Request on various matters relating to national security and counter-terrorism||6(a)|
|2018 - 2019||Request relating to DPMC policy advice and the Policy Project||6(a)|
|2018 - 2019||Request for information relating to white nationalism, and meetings with the Islamic Women's Council||6(a)|
|2018 - 2019||Request for briefings provided to Attorney-General in relation to the Five Country Ministerial and Quintet Meeting||6(a), 6(b)|
|2018 - 2019||Request relating to discussions referred to in published Aide Memoire about possible NZDF contribution to counter-ISIS coalition (follow up request)||6(a)|
|2018 - 2019||Request relating to the Cyber Credentials Scheme||6(a)|
|2018 - 2019||Request relating to telecommunication issues associated with Huawei between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018||6(a), 6(b)(i)|
|2018 - 2019||Request for a Government report into the hijacking of Air New Zealand TE24||6(a)|
|2018 - 2019||Request relating to discussions referred to in published Aide Memoire about possible NZDF contribution to counter-ISIS coalition||6(a)|
|2018 - 2019||Request about the status of information that was subject to previous Official Information Act requests (that's me!)||6|
|2018 - 2019||Request about the Government's desire for greater transparency regarding military deployments||6(a)|
|2018 - 2019||Request relating to information held by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet concerning extending NZ Iraq deployment||6(a)|
|2018 - 2019||Request relating to F-16 Lease Arrangement ERD Papers 14 March 2000||6(a)|
|03/10/2018||Phone calls to heads of state||6(a)|
|11/09/2018||Inquiry into the appointment process for the Deputy Police Commissioner||6(c)|
|30/07/2018||Correspondence with the President of the United States||6(a)|
|24/07/2018||Records relating to visit to NZ by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton||6(a), 6(c)|
|13/07/2018||Documents received as Minister for Arts, Culture & Heritage, Minister for Child Poverty Reduction and Minister for National Security & Intelligence||6(b)(i)|
|03/07/2018||Records of meeting with former President of the United States||6(a)|
|28/06/2018||Prime Minister's diary||6(a)|
|18/05/2018||Information including individual costs of gifts given during visit to Europe and the UK||6(a)|
|20/04/2018||Correspondence with the Office of the President of the United States||6(a)|
|18/04/2018||Weekly reports provided to the Minister for National Security and Intelligence||6(a), 6(b)(i)|
|13/04/2018||Advice relating to Labour Party summer schools||6(c)|
|2016 - 2017||Interactions with United States Film Industry representatives||6(a)|
|2016 - 2017||Meetings with Australian officials on social security||6(a), 6(b)|
|2016 - 2017||The steel industry and trade issues||6(a)|
|2016 - 2017||NSS handbook examples of 1080 and domestic incident||6(a)|
|2016 - 2017||Preparation for Trump Administration||6(a), 6(b)|
|2016 - 2017||Record of OIAs from February 2017||6|
|2016 - 2017||Intelligence and advice to the NZ government related to the 9/11 event||6(a)|
|16/08/2016||Decision to extend New Zealand’s training mission to Iraq||6(a)|
|25/05/2016||Britain possibly leaving the European Union||6(a)|
|06/04/2016||Communications regarding the 2016 US Presidential Election||6(a)|
|30/03/2016||Prime Minister’s recent visit to Sri Lanka||6(a)|
|09/02/2016||Detention and deporation of New Zealanders from Australia||6(a)|
Job opportunities recinded due to this project: 2
2016 - 2017: FOIA Sections S6 (a) and S (6) b (i) - fyi.govt.nz
2017 - 2018: Withheld / Rejected OIA Filings - fyi.govt.nz