Correspondence received in relation to National Library and Internet Archive

Andrew Ecclestone made this Official Information request to Department of Internal Affairs

The request was partially successful.

From: Andrew Ecclestone

Dear Department of Internal Affairs,

This is a request under the Official Information Act.

On 18 October 2021, an article was published on the Stuff website with the headline 'International concern about Internet Archive-National Library deal'. The URL for this article is:

In the article mention is made of correspondence being sent to the National Library (or the Department) about the proposals for an agreement with the Internet Archive.

Please provide me with copies of all the correspondence received by the Department or Library relating to the proposals regarding the Internet Archive from individuals or organisations outside government. Specific mention is made in the article (above) to correspondence from:

a) Hugh Rennie QC
b) the Publishers’ Association, Authors’ Society and Copyright Licensing NZ
c) the UK Society of Authors

but I would like to receive copies of all the correspondence received on this matter from people outside government.

The article also refers to "A separate legal opinion from Andrew Brown QC and barrister Jack Oliver-Hood". If this was not enclosed with the letter from the Publishers' Association, Authors' Society and Copyright Licensing NZ, but has separately been provided to the Department or Library, please also provide a copy of this legal opinion as well.

Under s. 16 of the OIA, my preference is to receive the Department's response electronically, via the email address from which it received this request. If the Department needs to clarify any aspect of the request with me, it can also do this via a reply to the address from which the request was sent.

If the Department decides to withhold any information, under section 19(a)(ii) of the OIA, I further request that it provides me with the grounds in support of its reasons for withholding information, and what factors it considered in relation to the section 9(1) public interest test.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Ecclestone

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Luke C left an annotation ()

If the legal opinion is assessed for release it will be interesting to see if this is withheld.

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Tçnâ koe Andrew,

Thank you for your OIA request to the Department of Internal Affairs (included with this email)

The Department will provide its response to your request as soon as practicable and within twenty working days. The 20th working day is 26 January 2022 (this timeframe includes the annual public service closedown of OIA processing between 24 December and 15 January)

Please note that in cases where the Department’s response provides information that is identified to be of general public interest, the response may also be published on the Department of Internal Affairs website. If the Department publishes its response to your OIA request, all personal information, including your name and contact details, will be removed.

Nâku, nâ

Michelle Reed (she/her)  
Kaitohutohu Ârahi, te Ture Pârongo Ôkawa | Lead Advisor Official Correspondence 
Te Urûngi | Organisational Strategy & Performance
Level 6, 45 Pipitea St | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand |

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From: Heather Mathie
Department of Internal Affairs

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Tēna koe Mr Ecclestone,


Please find attached the response to your request of 8 December 2021.


Ngā mihi


Heather Mathie | Kaitohutohu Business Advisor  Office of the National
Librarian National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa 







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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

I think that's the most imposing watermark I've ever seen on a release under the OIA.

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