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If you wish to request information held by the Ministry of Defence, you can do this by email to info@defence.govt.nz.

The Ministry will respond to you as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any case no later than 20 working days after the request is received. We will advise you if it is necessary to withhold or refuse to release any information.

Requests for information held by the Ministry are managed in accordance with the Official Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1992. The Official Information Act is designed to make government activities more open and transparent to the public. Under this Act, official information will be made available unless the is a good reason to withhold it - with the Act outlining a number of reasons for which information may be withheld. Guidance and advice about how decisions are made under the Official Information Act or Privacy Act is provided on the Office of the Ombudsman website.

The Ministry holds information about major defence capabilities - particularly regarding major defence acquisitions that the Ministry is undertaking. You will find details of upcoming capability projects in the Defence Capability Plan, which can be found under the Current Reports and Publications page. Details of capabilities currently being acquired by the Ministry are provided on the Current Acquisitions page and in the Ministry's annual reports available through the Current Reports and Publications page. Please note that some details about defence capabilities involve commercially sensitive or national security information, and therefore cannot be released.

The Ministry works closely with the New Zealand Defence Force, and some requests for defence information will be best responded to by that organisation. We will contact you within 10 working days of receipt if we need to transferred your request. You can find out more about requesting information from the New Zealand Defence Force on that organisation's website: http://nzdf.mil.nz/corporate-documents/oia/default.htm. In particular, the New Zealand Defence Force holds information about medals and accessing military service personnel records.

You can make a complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman if you have concerns about the way a request for information was treated or processed by the Ministry. The Office of the Ombudsman's website is http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz.


For convenience and information purposes only, this website provides links to other websites. The Ministry of Defence is not responsible for the contents of the linked websites, and we have no control over availability of the linked pages. These other sites may contain information that is the copyright of third parties and subject to restrictions on reuse. Permission to use copyrighted materials from other websites must be obtained from the copyright owner and cannot be obtained from the Ministry of Defence.

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