GOVIS Events - 2021

GOVIS Lunchtime Forum - The Official Information Act in context

This forum presentation will offer a brief history of New Zealand citizens’ rights to information.

The Official Information Act turns 40 next year, so it’s been an ever-present companion to public servants’ working lives. But what’s the history behind rights to information, what can New Zealand learn from other countries’ experience, and what’s the future of this key part of our governance?

Presenter: Andrew Ecclestone is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Governance & Policy Studies at VUW, and formerly a Senior Investigator at the Office of the Ombudsman. Before coming to NZ, he also worked on implementation of the UK’s Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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