From Jan 2011 onwards the NZTA is proposing to charge for every access to the Motor Vehicle Register.
At present the basic information from the NZTA database is available through third parties at no charge, like Carjam.
Many free online websites rely on this data to pass on as a public service. For example, I can currently find out if a car has been reported stolen or if the odometer has been tampered with at no charge. This service will end under the NZTA's proposal.
The NZTA claims that these proposed new charges are necessary for cost recovery. However, this information has already been paid for by the public in the form of licensing fees, registration fees, WOF and COF costs.
There is an online petition here that only takes a few seconds to sign if you think this information should stay free.
"NZTA closing free access to Motor Vehicle Register"