Independent Police Conduct Authority Act 1988

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26 Disclosure of certain matters not to be required

(1)

Where—

(a)

the Prime Minister certifies that the giving of any information or the production of any document or thing might prejudice—

(i)

the security or defence of New Zealand, or the international relations of the Government of New Zealand; or

(ii)

any interest protected by section 7 of the Official Information Act 1982 (which relates to the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, and the Ross Dependency); or

(b)

the Attorney-General certifies that the giving of any information or the production of any document or thing—

(i)

might prejudice the prevention, investigation, or detection of offences; or

(ii)

might involve the disclosure of proceedings of Cabinet, or any committee of Cabinet, relating to matters of a secret or confidential nature, and such disclosure would be injurious to the public interest,—

the Authority shall not require the information to be given, or, as the case may be, the document or thing to be produced.

(2)

Except as provided in subsection (1), the rule of law which authorises or requires the withholding of any document, or the refusal to answer any question, on the ground that the disclosure of the document or the answering of the question would be injurious to the public interest, shall not apply in respect of any investigation by or proceedings before the Authority.