Official Information requests

Responses to Official Information requests are published in order to improve public transparency and provide an additional resource for anyone seeking information.

The Reserve Bank will publish responses to requests from regulated entities, industry bodies, and news media organisations. Responses to idiosyncratic requests from private individuals are unlikely to be published unless there is broad public interest in the subject matter. Publication will coincide with or follow soon after release to the requester. The Reserve Bank reserves the right to decide what responses it publishes and timing of publication.

Published Responses

21 December 2018 Financial System Roundups - October and November 2018 (PDF 1000KB)
12 December 2018 CBL Insurance review terms of reference (PDF 921KB)
26 November 2018 Leadership restructure staff consultation (PDF 2.29MB)
20 November 2018 Applicants for MPC Positions (PDF 666KB)
6 November 2018 Governor's speech to Transparency International AGM (PDF 249KB)
31 October 2018 Advice re: Report on Reserve Bank Act Review Phase 1 (PDF 5MB)
25 October 2018 Meeting with Ministers on bank branches (PDF 1MB)
18 October 2018 Access to payments systems (PDF 68KB)
17 October 2018 Suitability assessments for senior appointments to banks (PDF 61KB)
9 October 2018 Report on Reserve Bank Act Review Phase 1 (PDF 68KB)
5 October 2018 Treasury official on Monetary Policy Committee (PDF 383KB)
28 September 2018 Governor's address at INFINZ event August 2018 (PDF 165KB)
26 September 2018 Open Bank Resolution (OBR)
17 September 2018 Use of specific external consultants (PDF 206KB)
20 August 2018 RBNZ ownership and Coat of Arms (PDF 144KB)
17 August 2018 Gender discrimination re lawyers (PDF 116KB)
16 August 2018 State house funding in 1936 (PDF 280KB)
24 July 2018 Presentation to Institute of Directors (PDF 1.94MB)
6 July 2018 Financial Market Infrastructures Bill (PDF 488KB)
3 July 2018 Reserve Bank Act review (PDF 2.46MB)
2 July 2018 Thompson & Clark Investigations Ltd (PDF 216KB)
21 June 2018 Board letter to Minister re phase 1 of RBNZ Act review (PDF 896KB)
15 June 2018 Gifts policy (PDF 300KB)
13 June 2018 Comment on banks lending horizons (PDF 144KB)
11 June 2018 Gift register (PDF 473KB)
7 June 2018 Advice re May 2018 OCR decision (PDF 430KB)
1 June 2018 Investigations into listed entities (PDF 522KB)
11 May 2018 ESAS service delays
16 April 2018 CBL Insurance confidentiality orders
13 April 2018 RBNZ reports and memos to Minister of Finance since November 2017 (PDF 854KB)
6 April 2018 CBL share trading
3 April 2018 Board charter (PDF 419KB)
22 March 2018 Money and gold (PDF 430KB)
16 February 2018 Governor recruitment (PDF 980KB)
13 February 2018 Post-Monetary Policy Statement presentation (PDF 1.2MB)
8 February 2018 OIA requests to Reserve Bank Board (PDF 980KB)
18 January 2018 Review of policy decision process (PDF 959KB)
12 May 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, released jointly with the Treasury

Withheld material

Where information has been withheld from a response, the specific section of the Official Information Act that permits the Reserve Bank to withhold information is noted in the relevant documents.

The Reserve Bank Act, the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act, and the Non-Bank Deposit Takers Act require us to keep some information confidential. Information will be withheld from release when these laws require confidentiality. This is typically information used by the Reserve Bank when regulating and supervising banks, insurers, finance companies, credit unions, building societies and similar organisations.

Charges for providing Official Information

The Official Information Act allows the Reserve Bank to charge for preparing information that we send in response to requests. When charging for responses to Official Information requests, the Reserve Bank works within the guidelines published by the Ministry of Justice - Official Information Act: Charging for Services. Charges are $38 per half hour of staff time after the first hour, and 20 cents per page for printed or copied material provided in response to a request, after the first 20 pages.

The Reserve Bank is resourced to meet disclosure obligations for a reasonable level of Official Information requests and generally will not impose charges for small, simple or infrequent requests. If requests are made for large amounts of information that require substantial collation and research, the Reserve Bank’s first step is to work with the requester to refine the request to a smaller scale or scope that is less likely to involve charges. Where request is still chargeable and likely to be expensive, we will give the requester further opportunity to refine the scope of the request and thereby reduce or eliminate charges.

Basis for charging

The cost of providing free responses to Official Information requests is generally borne by taxpayers. The Reserve Bank believes that requesters should bear some of the costs when requests are made for very large amounts of information, where a response to a request is particularly complex, or where individuals or organisations make very frequent requests.

Guidelines for charging

Charges will be imposed for responses when preparation of the response involves more than one hour of chargeable collation, research and preparation work. If the Reserve Bank decides that information requested can be made available, but that charges are appropriate, we will formally advise the requester of:

  • our decision to release the information,
  • the estimated amount of proposed charges,
  • the basis for proposed charges, and
  • the requester’s right to seek an Ombudsman’s review of the proposed charges.

Remission of charges

The need to pay charges may be modified or waived at the Reserve Bank’s discretion, if:

  • charges might cause financial hardship for the requester; or
  • releasing the information is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the Reserve Bank and its work, and release of the information is not primarily for the benefit or interest of the requester; or
  • if the information already in the public domain in a form which the requester could acquire without substantial cost.
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