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Request for Associate Minister's letter concerning Let's Get Wellington MovingOpinionsThe Hon Julie Anne Genter, Associate Minister of Transport (Associate Minister) sent a letter to the Hon Phil Twyford, Minister of Transport (Minister) during pre-consultation on the Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) indicative package draft Cabinet pa
Request for political consultation emailsOpinionsThe Minister of State Services refused to provide two emails that revealed the comments provided by the Green Party in response to consultation on a proposed Cabinet paper.
Request for list of buildings whose owners had not responded to Council’s requests for information about non-ductile columnsOpinionsFollowing the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) carried out a review to identify buildings with certain features which were suspected of having contributed to the collapse of the Canterbury Television (CTV) building and the loss of 115 lives.
Request for information about staff grievances and allegations of bullyingOpinionsSam Sherwood, on behalf of Stuff, made a request to Selwyn District Council for information about staff grievances and allegations of bullying.
Chief Ombudsman’s opinion on OIA requests about Operation BurnhamOpinionsFollowing the publication of the book Hit & Run in March 2017, a number of people made requests under the Official Information Act (OIA) to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) for information about Operation Burnham.
Request for document related to coalition negotiations between Labour and New Zealand FirstOpinionsTwo complaints were received under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA), about the decision by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, not to release certain information relating to the coalition negotiations between the Labour Party and New Z
Request for information about an agency’s lease costsOpinionsThree requests were made to the Ministry of Social Development for information about the costs of leases held at its former (Bowen Street), and current (The Terrace) premises.
KiwiRail's processing of a request for official informationOpinionsIn response to public concern, I have conducted a self-initiated investigation under the Ombudsmen Act (OA) of KiwiRail’s processing of an Official Information Act (OIA) request for the Third Main Business Case (the business case).
Request for taser camera footage and tactical operations reportOpinionsThis opinion relates to a request by a current affairs producer from Television New Zealand (the TVNZ Producer) to the New Zealand Police to view taser camera footage, and for a copy of the associated tactical options report (TOR), relating to an incide
Request for information relating to request for inquiry into convictions of Peter EllisOpinionsDr Lynley Hood and Dr Don Brash, the complainants, requested information held by the Ministry of Justice relating to their request to the Minister of Justice, Hon Amy Adams (the Minister), for a Commission of Inquiry into the Peter Ellis case.
Request for health practitioner’s complaint history with HDCOpinionsThe requester, a reporter at the Otago Daily Times (ODT), sought details of complaints made to the Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) against a midwife.
Request for information relating to the business case for Wiri PrisonOpinionsMax Rashbrooke asked the Department of Corrections (the Department) for copies of reports to Government entitled ‘Business Case Prison Capacity Supply & Procurement 2010 – 2019’ (First Business Case) and ‘Detailed (Stage Two) Business C
Request for surgical complications dataOpinionsThe New Zealand Herald made a request to five District Health Boards (DHBs) for information about the nature and outcomes of public hospital work by cardiothoracic surgeons and neurosurgeons.
Investigation into availability of FairWay Reviewers’ Benchbook under the Official Information ActOpinionsA requester asked FairWay Resolution Ltd (FairWay) for a copy of a FairWay document known as the Reviewers’ Benchbook.
Investigation of limited access to Ministry of Health influenza vaccine adverse reaction reportsOpinionsThe complainant, Mr Ron Law, requested information held by the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe), a Ministry of Health business unit, concerning adverse reactions to influenza vaccines in 2010 and 2011.
Legal professional privilege outweighed by significant public interest in release of informationOpinionsHealth researcher Professor Cindy Farquhar complained about a decision made by the Ministry of Health (the Ministry) to refuse her request for a copy of two legal opinions, one from Health Legal, the other from Crown Law (the legal opinions).
Request for information held by Ministry of Justice relating to investigation by Hon Ian Binnie QC into David Bain’s compensation claimOpinionsIn December 2011 a Fairfax Media journalist requested the Minister of Justice to provide –
Request for information relating to Bureau of Meteorology of Australia peer-review of National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research report on ‘Seven-Station Temperature Series’OpinionsThe complainant made requests to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) for information it held relating to communications between NIWA and the Bureau of Meteorology (Australia) (BoM) concerning the peer review by BoM of i
Access to view taser camera footage of 47 incidents where the taser was dischargedOpinionsSummary This opinion relates to a media request to Police to view the camera footage of all incidents where a person was tasered by a police officer.
Investigation of refusal to provide information about staff working on vaccine approvals and immunisation programmesOpinionsThe requester made several requests for a range of information related to vaccine approval processes, including details of Ministry of Health staff working on vaccine approvals.
Request for ballistic evidence report provided by Victoria Forensic Science Centre for David Bain trialOpinionsThe complainant made a request to the New Zealand Police (the Police) for a copy of a ballistic evidence report (the report) prepared by Mr Henry Glaser of the Victoria Forensic Science Centre (the VFSC) in 1997 in relation to a homicide investiga
Request for information held by Abortion Supervisory Committee concerning Court judgment and harassment of medical staff and patientsOpinionsIn October and December 2012 Mr Ken Orr of Right to Life New Zealand Inc. made requests to the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) for:
Request to Department of Internal Affairs for gambling venue cost guidelinesOpinionsThe complainant requested the Department of Internal Affairs to provide him with a copy of a document entitled ‘Class 4 Venue Costs: Licensing Process’ (the guidelines).
Request for information relating to Ministry of Education 2012 Special Education School Transport Assessment (SESTA) tenderOpinionsIn 2012, the Ministry of Education published a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the transport of special needs children for educational purposes called the ‘Special Education School Transport Assistance tender’ (SESTA tender).
Request for information held by Crown Law Office relating to investigation by Hon Ian Binnie QC into David Bain’s compensation claimOpinionsThe requester (a news media organisation) made two requests to the Crown Law Office for information it held relating to an investigation by a retired Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada, Hon Ian Binnie QC, into a claim by Mr David Bain for compensation
Request for information concerning transport rate estimates in Wellington Regional Council’s Draft 2011/2012 Annual PlanOpinionsThe complainant requested the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) to provide him with “a copy of all the background calculations used to create the estimates for the transport rate tables for the Draft 2011/2012 Annual Plan”.
Request for information concerning a general surgeonOpinionsFairfax Media made a request to the Tairawhiti District Health Board (the DHB) for information regarding one of its general surgeons, including information about a complaint and his surgery statistics.
Request for information concerning Police decision not to lay charge of manslaughter following death from careless discharge of firearmOpinionsOn 7 April 2012 Christopher Dummer was hunting in the Aorangi Forest Park, South Wairarapa, when he fatally shot Alexander Cameron McDonald.
Request for information relating to Whanganui River Iwi Treaty of Waitangi negotiationsOpinionsMr Michael Fennessy of Innes Dean Tararua Law Ltd, on behalf of his client, Mr Mike Plowman, requested copies of certain documents relating to the Crown’s negotiations with Whanganui Iwi regarding “water co-management or proposals for
Request for the New Zealand Localities datasetOpinionsKoordinates Limited (Koordinates) made a request to the New Zealand Fire Service Commission (NZFSC) for a copy of a computer dataset known as NZ Localities, which describes the location of boundaries between different areas of the country.
Request for list of buildings requiring structural reviewOpinionsFollowing the Canterbury earthquake tragedy, and noting the ongoing work of the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission (the Royal Commission), the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (the Ministry) decided to carry out a
Request for legal advice concerning outsourcing contact with taxpayersOpinionsThe complainant asked the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) to provide him with copies of its legal advice relating to outsourcing contact with taxpayers about overdue tax debt, overdue tax returns and other matters.