GCSB refuses to provide proof Bill English is not a rock

A New Zealander who asked for evidence that National leader Bill English is not an inanimate object has had his request rebuffed by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

James Davies on Sunday filed an Official Information Act (OIA) request asking for "documentation that confirms that Rt. Hon Bill English is not a rock, a solid aggregate of one or more minerals or mineraloids".

However it is now clear Mr Davies will forever be left wondering if Mr English, who enjoys spaghetti on pizza, is what the Collins Dictionary refers to as "the solid mineral material forming part of the surface of the earth and other similar planets".

Andrew Hampton, Director-General of the GCSB, replied to Mr Davies on Monday explaining that his OIA request had not been accepted.

GCSB refuses to provide proof Bill English is not a rock
Photo credit: GCSB

"I have decided to refuse your request under Section 18(h) of the Official Information Act 1982," he wrote.

Section 18(h) suggests that an OIA request can be refused if "the request is frivolous or vexatious, or that the information requested is trivial".

It is not clear if Mr Davies plans on appealing the decision to the Ombudsman.

The OIA request likely comes as a result of comments from Labour's deputy leader Kelvin Davis in the lead-up to the election, in which he said Mr English had "the personality of a rock".

Mr English turned the slight into a compliment in August, jokingly insisting that Mr Davis meant Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, rather than the actual mineral.