23 Right to be given access to particular documents

(1) Subject to this Act, a person has a right to be given access under this Act to—

(a) documents of an agency; and

(b) documents of a Minister.


1 See part 2 for how to exercise this right to access.
2 Exclusions of the right are provided for under part 4 (which provides particular circumstances where an entity may refuse to deal with an application) and section 47 (which provides grounds on which an entity may refuse access).
3 A limitation on the right is set out in section 73 (which provides that, in particular circumstances, an entity may delete irrelevant information from a document before giving access).

(2) Subsection (1) applies to documents even if they came into existence before the commencement of this Act.


Section 27 deems an access application to apply only to documents that are, or may be, in existence on the day the application is received.