Official Information Act Requests

People in New Zealand can request government information (official information) and can expect it to be made available unless there is a good reason to withhold it.

The Official Information Act 1982 (or OIA) enables citizens, permanent residents, visitors to New Zealand, and body corporates registered or with a place of business in New Zealand, to make a request for official information held by government agencies, including Education New Zealand (ENZ).

Making a request

Your request should be as clear and specific as you can possibly make it. Before making a request please check our other sources of information listed below.

You can contact us in a number of ways to request information:

  • ENZ.Ministerials@enz.govt.nz
  • Telephone (04) 472 0788
  • Postal address: Level 5 Lambton House, 160 Lambton Quay, PO Box 12041, Wellington 6144

We would like:

  1. your name
  2. contact address (email or postal)
  3. details of the information you want.

We may ask you for more details if we’re not sure what you are seeking.  If you make your request by phone or in person, we will confirm it in writing.

The State Services Commission provides tips for requesting information and guidance on how agencies will respond.

Before making a request for information

Before requesting official information from ENZ, we encourage you to check the list below to see if the information you need is already publicly available:

How long will it take?

We are required by law to give you our decision on your request as soon as possible, and no later than 20 working days after we receive your request.

If we need more time to make our decision on your request, for example if you are requesting a lot of information, we will let you know and give you an idea of how long it will take. We will also try to keep you updated on the progress of our response to your request. You can complain to the Office of the Ombudsman if you’re not happy with our decision to extend the time.

What does it cost?

Requesting official information is free, though we can charge a reasonable amount if it will take a lot of work to supply the information requested.

You can complain to the Office of the Ombudsman about our decision to charge.

What if I’m not satisfied?

You may wish to contact us in the first instance to see if we can resolve the issue.

You can make a complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman if you:

  • have concerns regarding the decision we made on your request
  • were unhappy about the way your request was treated or processed.

These concerns can relate to the withholding of information, extending the timeframe to respond to you, any charges for providing the information you have requested, delays in providing you with a decision or the information, or your request being transferred.

The Office of the Ombudsman can investigate and review our decision and may make a recommendation to us if it is considered appropriate.

Responses to Official Information Act 1982 requests

ENZ publishes responses to Official Information Act 1982 requests at the end of each month. ENZ first published its responses to requests for official information on its website in April 2018.

The response from ENZ details the information being released and explains what information, if any, has been withheld and under which grounds of the Act. The response also explains that we intend to make the information publicly available. The requestor's name and address have been removed from the response.

Documents are only available in Adobe PDF format and are listed in release date order, with the most recently released responses at the top.

Date of response     

OIA response for download

16/11/2021

2122-055 OIA request for staffing information

30/09/2021

2122-046 OIA request for a briefing

08/09/2021

2122-018 OIA request for Annual Review responses

06/09/2021

2122-016 OIA request about Research New Zealand

26/08/2021

2122-009 OIA request for briefings

12/03/2020

MC for ENZ events

16/12/2019

Staff salary bands and benefits

23/09/2019

Psychometric testing

08/10/2019

Advisory group for advice from international students

02/10/2019

Number of international students enrolled in tertiary education in New Zealand

23/09/2019

Governance of Education New Zealand's recognised agents

15/08/2019

Leave entitlement by leave type

30/07/2019

All information held dealing with immigration visa delays since 1 November 2018

26/07/2019

Payments made to social media influencers in return for posts

11/07/2019

Workplace diversity

04/06/2019

The proposed Reform of Vocational Education implementation on 1 January 2020

23/04/2019

Paper named Student visa summary: January 2019

29/03/2019

Reports, memos, discussion papers, advice, plans or policies created since 1 January 2017 concerning climate change

29/03/2019

Correspondence and communications from 1-20 February 2019 concerning international perceptions of the announced vocational education reforms especially in China

28/03/2019

Correspondence and communications with Business NZ and the Employers and Manufacturers Association relating to the vocational education reforms

28/03/2019

Correspondence and communications to and from Annabel Robertson, Business Development Manager from 13 February relating to the Review of Vocational Education proposal

05/03/2019

Correspondence and communications with the Labour Maori Caucus relating to the vocational education reforms

05/03/2019

Correspondence and communications with the Tertiary Education Union associated with the vocational education reforms

05/03/2019

Correspondence and communications with Treasury relating to the vocational education reforms

27/02/2019

Advertising costs for 2013/14 to 2018/19

21/06/2018

Education agent complaints

25/05/2018

Sexual harassment in the workplace survey

22/05/2018

Advice between 2011 and 2016 regarding quality of education providers, EER process and/or changes to Rule 18

20/04/2018

Request for copies of three briefings

20/04/2018

Advice from 1 January 2017 regarding the quality of education providers, EER process and/or changes to Rule 18

What's in it for me?