1 in 10 OIA requests get stuck

Government agencies handled Official Information Act requests on time in more than 90 per cent of cases, according to State Services Commission figures.

The figures for the year ended June 2016 covered 110 agencies and are the first set to be published.

They show 40,273 OIA requests during the period, with about half being received by police, the Earthquake Commission and Corrections.

An average of 91 per cent of responses were handled on time, while the median rate was 96 per cent.

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes says the number of requests is a large one and agencies are investing a lot of resources in responding.

However, he expects them to respond in accordance to the act, which is as soon as practicable, and in a maximum of 20 working days, unless there are grounds for an extension.

During the June year, the timeliness that agencies responded ranged from 39 per cent to 100 per cent on time.

While one-third of agencies reached a rate of 99 per cent or better, a quarter were below 85 per cent.

“Most agencies are working hard to respond on time and are achieving a good standard of timeliness,” Mr Hughes said. Read more »


New Zealanders are already being spied on wholesale. Legally too.

What is the fuss about the GCSB and NSA? Our Dept of Internal?Affairs conducts widespread Internet surveillance with international?cooperation to catch child pornographers every day of the week:

What is the Department?s response to concerns that the filter impacts on the civil liberties of New Zealand internet users?

No one has the right to view illegal content that focuses on the sexual abuse of children; just as no one has a right to import illegal books and DVDs.

The filter will focus solely on websites offering clearly illegal, objectionable images of child sexual abuse.

It is a prevention tool, not a law enforcement tool and the anonymity of anyone who is blocked from accessing objectionable sites will be preserved.

The Department is concerned about the sexual abuse of children involved in the creation of the objectionable pictures.

The adults who make, trade or view these in New Zealand are parties to a serious offence.?They contribute to an international market that supports and encourages further abuse.

The children who are victims of this activity sometimes suffer the psychological effects of their abuse for many years after the physical offending has ended.

Images that are distributed on the Internet never go away.?With each download the person involved is re-victimised. ? Read more »

Millions of New Zealanders attempt to access Child Porn sites – Ben Heather [UPDATED]

Yes, that’s what I though too: ?What?

See for yourself:


This doesn’t pass the BS test. ?MillionS of Kiwis means about one in two, perhaps one in three of us are trying to access Child Porn web sites.

What the hell is going on here? ? Read more »