Responses to Official Information Act requests

Responses to selected information requests received by the Department of Internal Affairs 

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OIA decision date

Request detail

Link to response

19/20-0255

17/10/2019

[Rejection of the baby name 'Lucifer']
1.   How does DIA define "reasonable person"?
2.   Does DIA make any attempt to incorporate different cultures/faiths/paths/belief systems into their considerations when approving or disapproving a name? If you do how do you do that? Do you have a committee of people of many faiths, paths and belief systems to help make the decision?
3.   How many people are involved in the decision about name approval and what are their positions? How does that process work?
4.   I would like a list of all names reject int he last ten years. For each name there should be an explanation of the grounds that it was rejected. Not just something vague like "a reasonable person would find it offensive" but an explanation of why DIA decided that a reasonable person would find it effective

19200255 
(PDF, 1MB)

19/20-0267

17/10/2019

[RealMe renewal statistics]
Please provide me with statistics that describe the current proportion of individuals that do not renew – e.g. for every 100 renewal emails sent, what proportion do not renew by the stated deadline.

19200267 
(PDF, 733KB)

19/20-0227

08/10/2019

[Celebrant Statistics]
1.  The total number of new Independent Celebrants registered
2.  The total number of Independent Celebrants re-registering
3.  The number of Independent Celebrants performing only 1 ceremony
4.  The number of Independent Celebrants performing 2-5 ceremonies

19200227 
(PDF, 1.8MB)

19/20-0229

02/10/2019

[1840 intranet content]
A screen shot of the 1840 intranet story (including the accompanying image), "75 different ethnicities bring diversity to DIA".  This story is from 2015 or 2016.

19200229 
(PDF, 3.5MB)

19/20-0202

30/09/2019

[Marriages of non-NZ Citizens/residents]
Information on numbers of marriages of foreign (tourist / non-NZ residents or NZ citizens not residing in NZ) by areas across New Zealand.

19200202 
(PDF, 1MB)

19/20-0208

30/09/2019

[Lottery Grants Board]
I understand there are many lottery committee that make decision on various grants application, however the member sitting on the committee are unable to be found at any government website. I did tried "Community matters" website, but able to find their information. Can you please let me know why their information are not public available? Given they are making lots of big grants decision, I think the public deserve to know who they are. Also can you please forward me any internal papers/memos that discuss this matter. If it has not been discuss internally, may I raised that to Lottery Grants Board for their discussion.

19200208 
(PDF, 1.4MB)

19/20-0200

27/09/2019

[Celebrant statistics - Dunedin]
The following information broken down each year from 2016-2018 (inclusive), and year to date 2019 for the Greater Dunedin area:
- Total number of marriages registered by an independent celebrant;
- Total number of marriages registered by organisational celebrants,
- Total number of civil unions registered by an independent celebrant;
- The (approx) 30 independent celebrants that have officiated the greatest amount of marriages;

19200200 
(PDF, 1.1MB)

19/20-0201

27/09/2019

[Celebrant statistics - Hawkes Bay]
The following information broken down each year from 2016-2018 (inclusive), and year to date 2019 for the Hawkes Bay area:
- Total number of marriages registered by an independent celebrant;
- Total number of marriages registered by organisational celebrants,
- Total number of civil unions registered by an independent celebrant;
- The (approx) 30 independent celebrants that have officiated the greatest amount of marriages;

19200201 
(PDF, 1.2MB)

19/20-0203

27/09/2019

[Celebrant statistics - Waikato region and NZ]
‘The top or top 5 celebrants based on ceremonies performed in the Waikato region and in New Zealand

19200203 
(PDF, 1MB)

19/20-0197

24/09/2019

[Statistics on birth registrations]
1.     the number of births registered for the 2019 year to date
2.     The number of late birth registrations - i.e. registered after the follow up letter was issued by yourselves.

19200197 
(PDF, 773KB)

19/20-0166

17/09/2019

[Official documentation of gender]
1.  When did New Zealand start recording data on people seeking to change their sex/gender on official documentation?
2.  What have the rates of people seeking to change their sex/gender been year on year?
3.  Are there any explanations available for year on year changes?
4.  Over the years, what processes have people needed to follow to change their sex/gender?
5.  How have these processes allowed for minors to change their sex/gender?
6.  What legislation/regulations have determined these processes?
7.  What have been the landmark legislative or policy changes affecting people's ability to change their sex/gender?
8.  Are there any known historical cases where a person's decision to legally change their sex/gender invalidated their marriage?
9.  Could you send me any complaints data, historic and current, you collect in relation to processes to change sex/gender?
10.  Could you send me any internal reviews that have looked at the status of transgender people, and/or issues to do with recording their gender on official documents?

19200166 
(PDF, 1MB)

19/20-0167

13/09/2019

[Official documentation of Gender]
1.  The number of people who changed the ‘sex’ marker on their passport between 1 January 2018 and the end of December 2018. Could you please provide that number?   During that time, how many people changed from
- M to X,
- from M to F,
- from F to M,
- and from F to X? [Please give specific numbers for each category where possible]
2.  The number of males who have successfully had their birth certificate sex marker changed to read ‘female’ in between Jan 1 2018 and the end of December 2018.  How many males legally changed the ‘sex’ marker on their birth certificate to read ‘female’ between 1 January 2018 and the end of December 2018?
3. The number of females who have successfully had their birth certificate sex marker changed to read ‘male’ in between Jan 1 2018 and the end of December 2018.  How many females legally changed the ‘sex’ marker on their birth certificate to read ‘male’ between 1 January 2018 and the end of December 2018?
4. Under 18’s change of birth certificate sex.
• How many under 18 year olds had their birth certificate sex marker altered from 1 January 2018 to the end of December 2018?
• How many of those under 18 year olds had their marker changed from M to F?
• How many of those under 18 year olds had their marker changed from F to M?
Thank you very much for your effort and time in answering these questions,

19200167 
(PDF, 980KB)

19/20-0145

06/09/2019

[Waikato Marriage Statistics]
I'd like to receive the following information broken down each year from 2015-2018 (inclusive), and year to date 2019 for the Waikato Region:
- Total number of marriages registered by an independent celebrant;
- Total number of civil unions registered by an independent celebrant;
- The (approx) 30 independent celebrants that have officiated the greatest amount of marriages; and
- The (approx) 30 independent celebrants that have officiated the greatest amount of civil unions.

19200145 
(PDF, 1.3MB)

19/20-0177

06/09/2019

[the number of marriages across the North Shore of Auckland in 2018 and in 2008]

19200167 
(PDF, 980KB)

19/20-0150

30/08/2019

[Marriages in Martinborough]
How many marriages were conducted in Martinborough in October 2018- April 2019

19200150 
(PDF, 683KB)

19/20-0114

28/08/2019

[Advertising, influencers, most recent campaign, and any changes following Christchurch attacks]
1.  your total advertising spend
2.  online advertising spend
3.  the proportion of your online advertising spend that goes on: Facebook, You Tube, Instagram, specific “influencers”, SEO, online news sites, other sites.
4.  please indicate if this spend was general, or on specific campaigns
5.  for your most recent campaign, where possible, please provide success measures or reports ie. click through or engagement data or briefings with this information contained
6.  Please also indicate in writing, and attach relevant documents, if your agency implemented a policy change on online spending post the March mosque attacks and/or the Christchurch Call.

19200114 
(PDF, 2.6MB)

19/20-0053

26/08/2019

[Wedding location statistics]
For the Whangaui area, since the start of electronic records (accessible records) the following information:
VENUE: Weddings per year broken into categories:
ACCOMODATION VENUE
COMMUNITY CENTRE
COUNRTY HOUSE VENUE
GOVT/COUNCIL FACILITY
AT HOME
MARAE
OUTSIDE OPTION (GARDEN)
OUTSIDE OPTION (WATERFRONT)
PLACE OF WORSHIP
WINERY/ HOSPO VENUE
OTHER - PUBLIC
OTHER - PRIVATE

TYPE: Weddings per year broken into the categories:
Registrar
Independent celebrant
Organisational celebrant. 

19200053 
(PDF, 961KB)

19/20-0087

22/08/2019

[Baby names for Takapuna, Milford, Forrest Hill and Castor Bay]
1.  Numbers of births recorded in the Milford, Takapuna, Forrest Hill and Castor Bay area,
2.  The five most common names given to babies in the Milford, Takapuna, Forrest Hill and Castor Bay area,
3. Were there any names refused, what those names were, and if possible, the grounds for refusal
4. For people living in the Milford, Takapuna, Forrest Hill and Castor Bay area, how many marriages were registered and how many civil unions
5. Were there any marriages refused, if so, on what grounds
(The area would be Takapuna, Milford, Forrest Hill and Castor Bay - I can note those provisos in a resulting story. In the years 2018 and 2008:)

19200087 
(PDF, 1MB)

19/20-0148

22/08/2019

[Citizenship ceremony funding]
I am interested to know about the Citizenship Ceremonies that are held by local councils.
Questions please:
1. What funding is provided to local councils when they perform such activities?
2. Does the Mayor/Deputy receive any remuneration from central government?

19200148 
(PDF, 694KB)

19/20-0090

22/08/2019

[Air travel costs]
1. Total number of airline tickets purchased in 18/19 financial year.
2. Breakdown by domestic vs international.
3. Any internal plans to reduce airline travel.
4. Job titles of the top 5 travellers.
5. Any other information that would help the public understand the departments use of airline travel.

19200090 
(PDF, 2MB)

19/20-0083

21/08/2019

[Statistics on Celebrants]
1.  Total number of marriages registered by an independent celebrant;
2.  Total number of civil unions registered by an independent celebrant;
3. The (approx) 30 independent celebrants that have officiated the greatest amount of marriages; and
4.  The (approx) 30 independent celebrants that have officiated the greatest amount of marriages.

19200083 
(PDF, 1.5MB)

19/20-0079

19/08/2019

[Leave entitlement]
1.  How many days of each leave type do you provide to your employees? (AL, Sick leave, Any special leave etc.)
2.  Can staff purchase additional leave? If yes, how many days?
3.  Do you offer extra days (council days etc) as a compensation for Christmas shutdown period? If yes, how many days?
Please let me know if you have any questions.  

19200079 
(PDF, 843KB)

19/20-0081

19/08/2019

[Ministers staying in Trump branded properties]
I understand you have some responsibility for government overseas travel. Can you please confirm whether a minister, Member of Parliament, or any government or Parliamentary employee of whom you are aware has stayed (in 2016, or later) in a Trump-branded property, paid for out of taxpayer funds?
If so, can you please provide the details of this stay, including, if the person is a Minister, member of Parliament, or state sector CEO or board member, their name.

19200081 
(PDF, 718KB)

19/20-0061

16/08/2019

[Time spent by users when submitting photos in passport renewal system]
1.  How many people in a year have their photos rejected, at least once, only because of the Initial Hurdle?
2.  How many people a year continue to have their photo rejected because of the Initial Hurdle and fail to complete the online application for a passport because they do not get past the photo section of the online application?
3.  On average, how many photos do people have rejected because of the Initial Hurdle before they are rejected on other criteria or they submit an acceptable photo?
4.  How many people fail to pass the initial hurdle, come back at least a day later and have their photo accepted on the first attempt?   I intend to use this information as an indication of the number people who give up trying to cross the Initial Hurdle and go to the time and expense of getting a professional passport photo taken.
5.  Any other information you have that would assist me in my endeavour to estimate the time wasted because of the Initial Hurdle?
6.  What monitoring is done of the photo section of the online passport renewal system to ensure it is fit for purpose?

19200061 
(PDF, 1MB)

19/20-0076

16/08/2019

[Comms/PR staffing statistics]
1. How many comms / PR staff did  you employ (FTE) for the years ending  June 30 2014 and 2019?
2. How many comms / PR people did  you employ (FTE) on contract for the years ending  June 30 2014 and 2019?
3. How much was your comms/PR budget for the years ending June 30 2014 and 2019?
4. What proportion of the comms/PR  budget was spent on outside comms/PR consultants or contractors?
5. How many media enquiries did you receive for the years ending June 2014 and 2019?
6. What is your target turnaround time for media enquiries?
7. How often did you meet the target response time  last year?
8. What proportion of time did your comms/PR team spend on responding to media enquiries last year?
9. How many live (in person or by phone) media interviews did your  chief do last year?
10. If you have a policy or guidelines on how comms/PR staff should respond to media enquiries, please provide a copy.
11. How  many of your current comms/PR employees are former journalists?
12. What is the range of salaries paid to your comms/PR staff from lowest to highest?

19200076 
(PDF, 1.8MB)

19/20-0007

29/07/2019

[Statistics on overseas marriages and information on forced marriages]
1. Data on the number of marriages that have occurred overseas involving people under the age of 18 that have been registered with Births, Deaths and Marriages since 2009, broken down by year, region, age of parties, country of marriage, nationality of parties.
2.  Information/procedures/policies/reports about how to assess forced and underage marriage given to staff

19200007 
(PDF, 1.4MB)

19/20-0003

29/07/2019

[Data collection on Library computers]
1. Are MAC addresses recorded when using your own device connected to the APNK WiFi?
2. Are keyloggers running on any of the library computers - either internally or remotely?
3. Are any passwords entered on the network recorded?
4. Does the APNK or National Library of New Zealand record browsing history?
5. Does the APNK or National Library of New Zealand share data collected from its users (if it does collect data that is) with other government agencies? EG: Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand Police, Inland Revenue, Work and Income, New Zealand Security Intelligence Service.
6. Do any government agencies have remote access to watch computers in real time using Remote Frame Buffer protocol (RFB) software such as VNC Viewer or similar?

19200003 
(PDF, 893KB)


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