15A Extension of time limits


Where a request in accordance with section 12 is made or transferred to a department or an interdepartmental venture or a Minister of the Crown or an organisation, the chief executive of that department or board of that venture or an officer or employee of that department or venture authorised by that chief executive or board or that Minister of the Crown or that organisation may extend the time limit set out in section 14 or 15(1) in respect of the request if—


the request is for a large quantity of official information or necessitates a search through a large quantity of information and meeting the original time limit would unreasonably interfere with the operations of the department or the venture or the Minister of the Crown or the organisation; or


consultations necessary to make a decision on the request are such that a proper response to the request cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit.


Any extension under subsection (1) shall be for a reasonable period of time having regard to the circumstances.


The extension shall be effected by giving or posting notice of the extension to the person who made the request within 20 working days after the day on which the request is received.


The notice effecting the extension shall—


specify the period of the extension; and


give the reasons for the extension; and


state that the person who made the request for the official information has the right, under section 28(3), to make a complaint to an Ombudsman about the extension; and


contain such other information as is necessary.

Section 15A: inserted, on 1 April 1987, by section 9(1) of the Official Information Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 8).

Section 15A(1): replaced, on 7 August 2020, by section 135 of the Public Service Act 2020 (2020 No 40).