18A Requests involving substantial collation or research

(1)

In deciding whether to refuse a request under section 18(f), the department, Minister of the Crown, or organisation must consider whether doing either or both of the following would enable the request to be granted:

(a)

fixing a charge under section 15:

(b)

extending the time limit under section 15A.

(2)

For the purposes of refusing a request under section 18(f), the department, Minister of the Crown, or organisation may treat as a single request 2 or more requests from the same person—

(a)

that are about the same subject matter or about similar subject matters; and

(b)

that are received simultaneously or in short succession.

Section 18A: inserted, on 22 October 2003, by section 3 of the Official Information Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 90).