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Information Requests

Page updated 23 Jan 2014

Requests for information should be directed to Information Services at the Treasury.  Information Services endeavours to answer external requests within 10 working days of receipt, and will notify the requester if the request is likely to take longer to answer.

All enquiries from the media should be directed to the Communications team in the first instance.

Frequently Requested Information

Information requests can be directed to the Treasury, but it may be that there are more appropriate sources for the information you require. For further information about Treasury's role and what we do, please see the About Treasury section.

We often refer requesters to other sources when appropriate, for example:

  • Statistics New Zealand -  www.stats.govt.nz - is New Zealand's major source of official statistics. Their web page 'Top Statistics' provides a snapshot of the most commonly sought-after statistical data - e.g., population, migration, employment, sales, GDP, CPI, PPI.
  • New Zealand government sites publishing or acting as portals to research, such as the Housing Research for New Zealand site administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
  • KiwiSaver has its own website at www.kiwisaver.govt.nz and is administered by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD). Questions regarding income tax should also be referred to IRD.
  • As New Zealand’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Reserve Bank) - www.rbnz.govt.nz - has primary responsibility for the promotion and maintainance of the financial and monetary system. The Treasury sometimes receives queries about exchange rates and interest rates that are directed to the Reserve Bank. Questions regarding meeting the currency needs of the public are also directed to the Reserve Bank.

Students

Treasury publications that are of use to students are the New Zealand Economic and Financial Overview, the Key Facts for Taxpayers and Monthly Economic Indicators.  Students are encouraged to visit or contact their own libraries first when seeking information. Most universities and major tertiary education institutions and large public library systems, collect and provide government publications and statistical information which is available to students.

Requests under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA)

The Treasury is a Government entity covered by the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) and the Privacy Act 1993 and we respond to requests for information under these Acts. These requests can be directed to Information Services.

If you are submitting an OIA request, it is helpful to include the phrase "official information request" in the subject line or body of your request. Please note that under the OIA the  Treasury has 20 working days to respond to OIA requests.

Contact for general enquiries and Official Information Act requests

Information Services | The Treasury Tel: +64 4 472 2733
Email: information@treasury.govt.nz
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