Ombudsman rules on OIO consent summaries

5 July 2016

The Ombudsman has released a case note on his investigation of complaints lodged by the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa against various decisions made by the Overseas Investment Office.

The Ombudsman formed the view that, in respect of the four decision summaries, section 9 (2)(b)(ii) of the Official Information Act applied, and was not outweighed by public interest considerations favouring disclosure. This section states that making the information available would be likely to unreasonably prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied or who is the subject of the information.

In two of four decision summaries, the Ombudsman was satisfied that section 9(2)(a) also applied. This section deals with the protection of privacy of individuals.

Read the Ombudsman’s case note on Overseas Investment Office consent application summaries

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