Glossary

This glossary contains a list of terms, acronyms and abbreviations that are used regularly throughout this report, and their corresponding meanings or full citations.

Agency A public entity that is subject to the OIA or LGOIMA.

CCO Council Controlled Organisation

CRI Crown Research Institute

Danks Committee Committee on Official Information established in 1978, which produced reports resulting in the passage of the OIA

DIA Department of Internal Affairs

Information Authority Information Authority established under Part 6 of the OIA (expired 1988)

Issues Paper Law Commission The Public’s Right to Know: A review of the Official Information Act 1982 and Parts 1–6 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (NZLC IP 18, 2010)

LGOIMA Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 – see extracts in Appendix C

MMP Mixed Member Proportional electoral system

NZGOAL New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing Framework (2010)

OIA Official Information Act 1982 – see extracts in Appendix C

Official information legislation The OIA and LGOIMA

OQR Ombudsmen Quarterly Review

Oversight office The office or office holder to have oversight of the official information legislation, proposed in chapter 13

PRA Public Records Act 2005

SSC State Services Commission

SurveyLaw Commission survey seeking the views of agencies and requesters about the official information legislation (2009–2010)

Discussion in this report usually relates equally to the operation of the Official Information Act 1982 and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. Where there are identical or almost identical provisions in both the OIA and LGOIMA we refer in the body of the text to the OIA with the corresponding section of the LGOIMA in a footnote. This is solely to make the text easier to read and for economy of expression. When the LGOIMA raises separate issues we deal with it separately.