Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 No 52
Current version for 4 July 2014 to date (accessed 28 November 2014 at 23:05)

12   Public interest considerations in favour of disclosure

(1)  There is a general public interest in favour of the disclosure of government information.
(2)  Nothing in this Act limits any other public interest considerations in favour of the disclosure of government information that may be taken into account for the purpose of determining whether there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of government information.
Note. The following are examples of public interest considerations in favour of disclosure of information:
(a)  Disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to promote open discussion of public affairs, enhance Government accountability or contribute to positive and informed debate on issues of public importance.
(b)  Disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to inform the public about the operations of agencies and, in particular, their policies and practices for dealing with members of the public.
(c)  Disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to ensure effective oversight of the expenditure of public funds.
(d)  The information is personal information of the person to whom it is to be disclosed.
(e)  Disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to reveal or substantiate that an agency (or a member of an agency) has engaged in misconduct or negligent, improper or unlawful conduct.
(3)  The Information Commissioner can issue guidelines about public interest considerations in favour of the disclosure of government information, for the assistance of agencies.
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