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.

2019 Published Responses 

Date of Response Reference Number Subject matter
25 October OIA19-082 Focus groups of members of the New Zealand public (including but not restricted to 3 deliberate workshops) convened by the Reserve Bank or a third party service provider on the RB's behalf to consider the Reserve Bank's capital proposals 2019 (PDF 433 KB)
22 October OIA19-079 RBNZ’s participation in the ACAMS Conference October 2019 (PDF 539KB)
11 October OIA19-076 Three Reserve Bank Reports to Minister: Financial Systems Report, Solvency Standards, Life Insurance Conduct and Culture Review (1.24 MB)
11 October OIA19-074 Three Reserve Bank Reports to Minister: Cash Conversations, Proposal to Increase Bank Capital Briefing, CBL Insurance (PDF 1.9MB)
10 October OIA19-067 Official Development Assistance programme funding (PDF 133KB)
10 October OIA19-065 List of external speakers (PDF 223KB)
3 October OIA19-068 Three Reserve Bank Reports to Minister: Future of Cash Progress Report, Financial System Issues Meeting May 2019, Council of Financial Regulators - New Vision (PDF 2.4MB)
30 September OIA19-061 Four Reserve Bank Reports to Minister (PDF 1.3MB)
30 September OIA19-064 Reserve Bank report to Minister re ANZ Bank - Chief Executive Role (PDF 551KB)
27 September OIA19-058 Inflation Targeting Conference: List of Invitees and Acceptances ( PDF 252KB)
23 September OIA19-060 Four Reserve Bank Reports to Minister (PDF 1.79MB) 
18 September OIA19-059 Five Reserve Bank Reports to Minister (PDF 2.48MB)
17 September OIA19-066 Two Reserve Bank Reports to Minister (PDF 385KB)
12 September OIA19-071  Money and Gold (refer to OIA from 22 March 2019) (PDF 257KB)
9 September OIA19-057 Solvency Return for AMP Life and RBNZ's insurance licence (PDF 484KB)
6 September  OIA19-054 Closing or refusal of banks accounts and banking services (PDF 1.1MB)
28 August  OIA19-053 List of OIA responses April-June 2019 (PDF 324KB)
28 August  OIA19-049 Median cost of living in New Zealand (PDF 167KB)
26 August 
Reserve Bank Board Minutes of Meeting and Paper - November and December 2018 (PDF 305KB)
19 August  OIA19-045 Briefings from RBNZ to the Minister of Finance during his first 100 days (PDF 116KB)
15 August  OIA19-044 NZ Mortgages (PDF 540KB)
13 August    Valuation of 269 St Heliers Bay Road (PDF 359KB)
13 August    Banks and money creation (PDF 413KB)
12 August  OIA19-043 Copies of correspondence regarding AMP's life insurance business (PDF 453KB)
9 August    ANZ capital review submission with fewer redactions (PDF 4.7MB)
5 August    Impact of AML/CFT laws on money remitters (PDF 744KB)
5 August    Non-redacted ANZ & BNZ bank capital submissions (PDF 1.12MB)
1 August    New Zealand banks' return on equity (PDF 1MB)
1 August    Banks closing money remitter accounts (PDF 840KB)
31 July    Tower Insurance and EQC receivables (565 KB)
16 July    Unconventional monetary policy (169 KB)
16 July    Bank director attestation rules (329 KB)
14 July    Law relating to banknotes (429 KB)
12 July    MPC recruitment (PDF 5.9MB)
10 July    When RBNZ was informed of the investigation into former ANZ CEO's expenses (PDF 344 KB)
8 July    MOU with Māori Language Commission (PDF 807 KB)
8 July    ANZ compliance with capital requirements (PDF 273KB)
24 June    Two draft Ministerial letters (PDF 885 KB)
24 June    Presentation to NZ Initiative (PDF 641 KB)
8 May    Attendance at conference in Paris (PDF 229KB)
6 May    Money creation (PDF 100KB)
2 May    Communications between the Reserve Bank Governor and Minister of Finance – February/March 2019 (PDF 1.92 KB)
24 April    Māori cultural adviser (PDF 4.8MB)
8 April    Proposed bank capital requirements (PDF 756KB)
22 March    Money and Gold (PDF 511KB)
6 March    Correspondence with Minister of Finance on Capital Review Paper 4 (PDF 7MB)
4 March    Potential of Kiwibuild to 'crowd out' other residential construction (PDF 1.06MB)
4 March    Governor Adrian Orr's speaking engagements (PDF 664KB)
21 February  

Review of bank director attestation regime - cover letter (PDF 433KB)
Review of the bank directors' Attestation regime (PDF 532KB)

18 February    Advertising spending (PDF 156KB)
4 February    Applicants for MPC positions (PDF 656KB)
25 January    Background materials for the Capital Review proposals
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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