People in New Zealand can request government information (official information) and can expect it to be made available unless there is a good reason to withhold it.
The Official Information Act 1982 (or OIA) enables citizens, permanent residents, visitors to New Zealand, and body corporates registered or with a place of business in New Zealand, to make a request for official information held by government agencies, including Te Whatu Ora.
District Health Boards were disestablished as legal entities on 1 July 2022 and Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand was established as a legal entity under the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Act 2022.
Accordingly, Te Whatu Ora | Waitaha Canterbury and Te Whatu Ora | Te Tai o Poutini West Coast have replaced the Canterbury DHB (CDHB) and West Coast DHB (WCDHB).
Te Whatu Ora / Health New Zealand has moved to a centralised Official Information Act (OIA) request system for all OIA requests made to any part of Te Whatu Ora.
To make an Official Information Act request please send your request via email to hnzOIA@health.govt.nz; or post your request to:
Official Information Act request
Te Whatu Ora / Health New Zealand,
PO Box 793,
When sending an OIA, please identify clearly that your OIA request is specific to Waitaha Canterbury or Te Tai o Poutini West Coast.
You can find out more about how to make an OIA request on www.tewhatuora.govt.nz
Page last updated: 7 November 2022
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