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As a Crown Entity, the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is committed to transparency of government and the principles of freedom and availability of information under the Official Information Act 1982.

The Official Information Act allows New Zealanders to access official information to enable their more effective participation in the making and administration of laws and policies, and to promote the accountability of Ministers of the Crown and officials.

The NZFC is committed to upholding the principle of availability under Section 5 of the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA), which states that official information shall be made available unless there is good reason for withholding it (see sections 6, 9 and 18 of the OIA). If we do withhold any information, we will note the ground under the OIA we are relying on.

How to make a request and how we respond to requests.

If you wish to make an OIA request to the NZFC, you can get in touch with us by:

  • email at [email protected] with a subject-title clearly identifying that it is an OIA request (preferred method)
  • by post to PO Box 11 546, Manners Street, Wellington 6142; or
  • you can call us on +64 4 382 7680, or freephone 0800 659 754 within New Zealand.

If you require guidance on making a request, the Office of the Ombudsman has a useful guide called “Making official information requests – a guide for requesters” which can be found on their website here.

If you are unsure what information you are seeking, please get in touch with us before you make your request and we can help determine the best way to ensure your request will suit your needs.

Once we have received your request we will notify you that it is being processed and advise the approximate timeframe for our response. In each case, the OIA requires us to respond within 20 working days of receiving a request with provision for extensions in certain cases. Should we require an extension when responding to your request, we will get in touch and advise you of an updated response timeframe.

Frequently requested information

In some cases we receive requests for information that we have already made publicly available on our website. Before you decide to make an OIA request, it may be worth checking our website further in case the information you require can already be found. Some useful links for information can be found below:

  • For information regarding past funding decisions by the NZFC, you can access the database here.
  • For information about the films we have funded and supported over the years, you can access our Film Library here.
  • For regular publications such as our Annual Report, Statement of Intent, Statement of Performance Expectations and Chief Executive expense declarations, these can be found here.
  • For reports and research conducted by the NZFC including gender statistics, you can find these here.

Information for funding applicants

Any information you provide to the NZFC falls subject to the OIA. You should work on the assumption that any information provided to us may be released to a requester. If we receive a request for information that relates to you or your project we will advise you and seek your feedback on our response – but the NZFC has the final decision on any releases made.

OIA statistics

In accordance with the Open Government Partnership New Zealand National Action Plan 2016-18, the NZFC will publish semi-annual data on OIA requests we receive from 1 July 2016 on this page.

Reporting period:

No. of OIA requests completed:

No. of OIA requests unable to be completed within 20 working days (including extensions):

No. of responses to OIA requests published on the NZFC’s website:

Number of Ombudsman complaints notified to the NZFC:

Number of OIA final views formed by the Ombudsman against the NZFC:

1 July 2016 – 31 December 2016






1 January 2017 – 30 June 2017






Related content and documents

Official Information Act 1982
Office of the Ombudsman
Open Government Partnership (OGP) – State Services Commission