14 July 2022
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Angela via FYI fyi-request-19679-
Tēnā koe Angela
OIA request 21/22 0849 Request for all correspondence etc in regards to Jeff Montgomery and
being appointed for
Thank you for your Official Information Act (Act) request received by the Department of Internal
Affairs (Department) on 15 June 2022.
You requested –
• I would like to request all staff emails and instant messages created about the Registrar
General Jeff Montgomery including, but not limited to, his suitability for the role.
• I would like this to cover all DIA staff and the Internal Affairs Minister, all DIA Chief
Executives and Deputy Chief Executives and any other ministers involved in his
• I would like this to include all information prior to and leading up to his appointment and
the 12months post his appointment.
• Was the role advertised, how many people applied for the role of Registrar General and
their qualifications please?
• I am happy for staff names and potential applicants to be redacted to protect privacy if
this is deemed necessary.
In response to your request, I can provide you with the following information:
On the 28 June 2022 under Official Information Act request 2122-0797, (an earlier request from
you) we released the details around the job description, salary band range and other
information about the Registrar General.
The information you have requested currently is of a significant volume. Due to the substantial
amount of work that would be required to research and collate the information you have
requested, I must refuse your full request under section 18(f) of the Act; that the information
requested cannot be made available without substantial collation or research.
As this information may be of interest to other members of the public, the Department has
decided to proactively release a copy of this response on the DIA website. All requestor data,
including your name and contact details, will be removed prior to release. The released
response will be made available here: https://www.dia.govt.nz/Official-Information-Act-
You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision.
Information about how to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or
freephone 0800 802 602.
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