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Right to Know Day is observed in New Zealand and around the world on 28 September.

It's dedicated to making New Zealanders aware of their right to access information held by organisations about them.

This access is important to both the Privacy Act and the Official Information Act, which gives people the right to access government-held information.

However, access to official information wouldn’t be possible without the Public Records Act, which is administered by the Chief Archivist and Archives New Zealand.

Chief Archivist Richard Foy says that the Public Records Act 2005 gives New Zealanders tools to access their information, protect their rights and entitlements, and to maintain the accountability of government.

Check out the video below to see the Chief Ombudsman, Privacy Commissioner and Chief Archivist Richard Foy talk about Right to Know Day means to them.


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