General information

The Law Commission is an independent, publicly funded, central advisory body established by statute to undertake the systematic review, reform and development of the law of New Zealand. Its purpose is to help achieve law that is just, principled, and accessible, and that reflects the heritage and aspirations of the peoples of New Zealand.

The Commissioners are:
Honourable Sir Grant Hammond KNZM – President
Dr John Burrows Ph D (Lond)
Dr Geoff McLay SJD (Mich)
Honourable Dr Wayne Mapp Ph D (Cantab)

The General Manager of the Law Commission is Brigid Corcoran
The office of the Law Commission is at Level 19, 171 Featherston Street, Wellington
Postal address: PO Box 2590, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Document Exchange Number: sp 23534
Telephone: (04) 473-3453, Facsimile: (04) 471-0959



National Library of New Zealand Cataloguing-in-Publication Data

New Zealand. Law Commission.
The public’s right to know : review of the official information legislation.
(Law Commission report ; no. 125)
ISBN 978-1-877569-34-0 (pbk.) – ISBN 978-1-877569-35-7 (internet)
1. New Zealand. Official Information Act 1982. 
2. New Zealand. Local Government Official Information and
Meetings Act 1987. 3. Government information—New Zealand.
4. Public records—Law and legislation—New Zealand. I. Title. 
II. Series: New Zealand. Law Commission. Report ; no. 125.
342.930662—dc 23

ISSN 0113-2334 (Print)
ISSN 1177-6196 (Online)
This paper may be cited as NZLC R125

This report is also available on the Internet at the Law Commission’s website: