Police have answered 4.2 million 111 calls in the past five years - with the number of Kiwis reaching out for emergency help increasing steadily.

Last year alone 897,233 people called 111, with about 20 per cent of those calls requiring immediate action or an emergency response.

Police revealed the figures last week as they introduced a new report sharing information about data the community had requested under the Official Information Act.

The act is a parliamentary statute which enables the public a right of access to information held by government agencies.

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The aim of publishing the report was to

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