Shared effort contributes to OIA achievement
As Fire and Emergency New Zealand is part of the state sector we are subject to the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). This means that all information Fire and Emergency holds should be available to members of the public when requested, unless good reason exists to withhold it.
Fire and Emergency receives a high number of requests made for information each year, in fact we receive the fourth highest number of requests of all public sector agencies. Responding to OIA requests accurately and on time is essential as it demonstrates our commitment to being a transparent agency which builds trust and confidence with the public.
Our performance in responding to requests for information is monitored by the State Services Commission and they will be reporting on performance across the state sector on 4 September. In the past six months, Fire and Emergency responded to 1,205 OIA requests and 98.3% of these were within statutory timeframes.
Thank you to all those who have work hard and contributed to us to meeting this achievement. For some of you this will mean ensuring that you pass on any requests for information that you receive in a timely manner and others of you may be involved in supporting the OIA team to prepare responses. No matter how big or small your role is, it all makes a difference.
If you have any questions about responding to requests for information please get in touch with your regional OIA team or the NHQ OIA team.