Tasman resident uses Official Information Act to find out how to deal with mosquitoes

The resident requested to know what information the council provides about mosquitoes.
The resident requested to know what information the council provides about mosquitoes. Photo credit: Getty

The Nelson City Council has received nearly 400 requests for official information in the year to August, but one is creating a bit of a buzz.

On its website, the council released its responses to Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) requests, one of which is labelled "mosquitoes".

In March, a resident requested to know what information the council provides "to residents about mosquitoes".

The resident also asked how many general complaints the council receives in a 12-month period, and how many of those were related to mosquitoes.

Just one, was the answer from the council.

"We do get a very wide range of requests from the public and they don't always seem to follow what's the current issue of the day," council consents and compliance manager Mandy Bishop told Radio New Zealand.

"We do get a range of interesting questions."

Under the LGOIMA Act 1987, everything local authorities do is technically public information, and has to be made freely available.

This includes, it would seem, how to deal with mosquitoes.

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