Official information - LGOIMA


Manawatu District Council is committed to promoting openness and transparency in all its dealings, and makes a large amount of information available through its website.

However, if you cannot find the information you want, please contact us by: 

  • Phone our Customer Service Centre 06 323 0000
  • Ask in person at our Feilding office.
  • Post your request to: Executive Officer - General Manager Corporate and Regulatory, Manawatu District Council, Private Bag 10001, Feilding 4743.
  • Email: public@mdc.govt.nz

Please be as specific as you can be in making your request; it helps us to find the information quickly for you. Make sure you include either a postal or email address so we can provide you with a response.

How long will it take to process my request?

We will acknowledge your request and you will receive the information within 20 working days. You can use the calculator from the Office of the Ombudsman to determine when the 20 working days expire.

However, if your request is complex, involves a large amount of research and collation, or requires us to consult with other parties, and we cannot provide you with the information within 20 days, we may extend the time limit. We will let you know if there is a need to do this.

If the information you want is held by another organisation covered by the Act, we may transfer your request to that agency. If we transfer your request, we will let you know within 10 working days of receiving your request.

Withholding information

We may withhold information for specific reasons. If we do, we will explain the reason why.

The specific reasons enabling us to withhold information are set out in sections 6 and 7 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act. The most common reasons to withhold information are to:

  • protect peoples’ privacy
  • maintain legal privilege
  • enable the Council to carry on its commercial activities.

What will it cost?

Generally, there will be no charge for your request. Occasionally, however, if a request is for a significant amount of information, or requires substantial collation and research, we may consider imposing a charge.

The amount we would charge is set out in our Fees and Charges which can be found here: Fees and Charges

If we are going to charge you, we will advise you of the cost of processing your request before we begin working on it. You can then decide if you want to continue, withdraw or refine your request. We may ask you to pay some or all of this cost in advance.

Review of decisions

If you are unhappy with a decision to withhold information, to charge a fee, to extend the time frame on a request or have concerns about how we have dealt with your request, you are able to have the decision reviewed by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Need more information?

If you have any questions regarding official information requests email us at: public@mdc.govt.nz

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