The FYI website allows New Zealanders to publicly lodge Official Information Act requests.
To make a request, choose the department you’d like info from and write a brief note describing what you want to know. For best results ask concise questions. Keep any questions to a minimum is best. Any response published on the website is for all to see.
In New Zealand, our system is not immune to corruption or mismanagement and the like. Making information available online is extremely helpful. Inevitably governments do undesirable things and having that information publicly viewable helps taxpayers keep government inline and accountable for their actions.