Case Note 80156 [2005] NZPrivCmr 2 – Man complains about Department of Conservation’s refusal to disclose informants’ identities

A man requested access to information held by the Department of Conservation (the Department) after complaints were made against him in connection with his activities as a boat operator. The Department provided him with a copy of most of the information but withheld the names of the informants. The Department purported to rely upon section 9(2)(a) of the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) which allows for official information to be withheld where it is necessary to protect the privacy of natural persons.

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