Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 No 52
58 How applications are decided
(1) An agency decides an access application for government information
(a) deciding to provide access to the information,
(b) deciding that the information is not held by the agency,
(c) deciding that the information is already available to the
applicant (see section 59), or
(d) deciding to refuse to provide access to the information because
there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of the information,
(e) deciding to refuse to deal with the application (see section 60),
(f) deciding to refuse to confirm or deny that information is held by
the agency because there is an overriding public interest against disclosure
of information confirming or denying that fact.
Note. These decisions are reviewable under Part 5.
(2) More than one decision can be made in respect of a particular
access application, so as to deal with the various items of information
(3) If an agency finds that information or additional information is
held by the agency after deciding an access application, the agency can make a
further decision that replaces or supplements the original decision, but
cannot be required to make a further decision in such a case. The further
decision can be made even if the period within which the application is
required to be decided has expired.