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

Accessing Official Information

The OIA allows New Zealanders to access official information to enable more effective participation in the administration of laws and policies, and to promote the accountability of Ministers of the Crown and their officials. The Film Commission is committed to upholding the principle of availability under Section 5 of the Official Information Act, 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 grounds under the OIA on which we are relying .

How to make an OIA request

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

  • by email at with a subject title clearly identifying that it is an OIA request. This is our preferred method of communication.
  • by post at OO Box 11 546, Manners Street, Wellington 6142; or
  • by calling us on +64 4 382 7680, or freephone 0800 659 754 within New Zealand.

If you need help to make 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.

How we deal with OIA requests

Once we have received your request we will notify you that it is being processed and advise the approximate timeframe for our response. 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, we will get in touch and advise you of an updated response timeframe.

Check before making a request 

In some cases we receive requests for information that is already publicly available. Before you make an OIA request, it may be worth checking our website 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 films we have funded 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 New Zealand Film Commission including gender statistics, you can find these here.

Information for funding applicants

Any information you provide to the Film Commission is subject to OIA requests. You should work on the assumption that any information provided to us may be released to whoever requests it. If we receive a request for information that relates to you or your project we will advise you and seek your feedback. However, the Film Commission 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 Film Commission publishes data every six months (since 1 July 2016) on OIA requests it has received. See below.

Reporting period:

No. of OIA requests completed:

No. of OIA requests unable to be completed withinthe legislated timeframe (including extensions):

No. of responses to OIA requests published on our website:

Number of Ombudsman complaints notified to us:

Number of OIA final views formed by the Ombudsman against the Film Commission. 

1 July 2016 – 31 December 2016






1 January 2017 – 30 June 2017






1 July 2017 – 31 December 2017






Related content 

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

Last updated: 
Friday, 16 June 2017