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  • Request for faxes annotated with advice from General Counsel

    Case notes
    Request for copies of faxes sent to New Zealand Dairy Board by the requester and any information generated by them—faxes annotated with advice from General Counsel—request declined under s 9(2)(h)—Board agrees to waive privilege and information released
  • Request for videotape of Police interview

    Case notes
    Request for videotape of Police interview—videotape withheld under s 9(2)(a)—strong public interest in the requester knowing how the Police had conducted its inquiries and responses given—release of transcript, subject to deletions, would meet public interest
  • Request by unsuccessful applicant for comparative information about himself and successful applicant

    Case notes
    Request by unsuccessful applicant for comparative information about himself and successful applicant—all information about requester released to him—detailed personal information about successful applicant withheld under s 9(2)(a)—requester seeking to establish why his application unsuccessful—matter resolved by provision of s 23 statement of reasons and a summary of successful applicant’s qualifications and work experience—s 16
  • Request by TVNZ for names of companies providing Department of Social Welfare with transcripts or videos of TVNZ programmes

    Case notes
    Risk of litigation is not an unreasonable prejudice—public interest in release of information enabling pursuit of legal rights and remedies
  • Inappropriate public exclusion by local authority

    Case notes
    Decision of local authority’s Environmental and Planning Committee to exclude the public from part of a meeting at which a draft regional policy statement was considered—inappropriate use of s 48(1)(d)
  • Requests for information about decision making declined for being vexatious

    Case notes
    Requests for further information declined under s 18(h)—requests not frivolous or vexatious—the information had not previously been made available Request to Apple and Pear Marketing Board involved substantial collation or research and the creation of explanations— ss 18(f) and 18(g) apply
  • Request for Crown Health Enterprise Business Plans

    Case notes
    Request for Crown Health Enterprise Business Plans—request refused on commercial grounds—some information protected by ss 9(2)(i) and 9(2)(j)—public interest in disclosure substantially met by release of balance of plans
  • Request for reasons for decision not to interview job applicant

    Case notes
    Request by unsuccessful applicant for statement of reasons for non-selection for interview—vague, non-specific statement provided—following review fuller statement identifying factors taken into account provided
  • Request by unsuccessful applicant for successful applicant’s performance agreement

    Case notes
    Request by unsuccessful applicant for successful applicant’s performance agreement—portions of agreement withheld under s 9(2)(a)—information at issue found to be about job requirements not personal about the jobholder—information released.
  • Request to Minister of Immigration for copy of list of overstayers

    Case notes
    Request for copy of list of overstayers—request refused under s 9(2)(a)—list held compiled for internal 'alert' purposes and not necessarily accurate—privacy interest—no countervailing public interest considerations which outweighed need to withhold
  • Request for curricula vitae of applicants selected for interview

    Case notes
    Request for curricula vitae of applicants selected for interview—information withheld under s 9(2)(a)—summaries made available under s 16
  • Request for Annual Report of a State-Owned Enterprise

    Case notes
    Request for Annual Report of a State-Owned Enterprise—request refused under s 18(d)—ss 15(1) and 17(2)(b) of State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986 regulate manner in which Annual Report to be made available—s 52(3)(b)(ii)—s 18(d) applies provided release in accordance with statutory timeframes
  • Request for the contract regarding sale of Railway houses

    Case notes
    Request for copy of contract between NZRC and Stone Key Investments Ltd regarding sale of railway houses—refused as ‘commercially confidential’—contract document itself was not simply a standard form Agreement for Sale and Purchase with price and special conditions added, but was a specially drafted document which reflected the negotiating positions adopted by both parties—release would unreasonably prejudice the commercial position of Stone Key Investments—s 9(2)(b)(ii)—release was so likely to ‘prejudice or disadvantage’ the Corporation in future sales of surplus land that it was necessary to withhold the information at issue—s 9(2)(i)—sale agreement retained two key factors of the Corporation’s previous sales policy relating to its obligations as a ‘good employer’—public interest in disclosure of the manner in which those undertakings had been incorporated into the contract—public interest in disclosure of information enabling an assessment to be made of whether the Corporation had acted responsibly and obtained a ‘fair market price’—written summary released
  • Polytechnic and inadequate complaints procedure to deal with sexual harassment complaint—ex gratia payment

    Case notes
    Polytechnic failed to have proper procedures in place to handle complaint from student concerning sexual harassment—Polytech agreed that it had not dealt with the matter with urgency and had an inadequate complaints procedure in place—ex gratia payment was offered to the student for this reason, not because the claims of sexual harassment had been made out, although there was an indication that prima facie a case had been made out that unacceptable behaviour by a tutor had occurred—Polytech apologised, offering ex gratia payment and undertook to improve its complaints handling procedures
  • Local Authority required to withdraw notification of excess water charges

    Case notes
    Charging for water by quantity consumed—notification—charges not based on a bylaw—s26 of the Rating Powers Act 1988
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries delays finding options to resolve infestation incurring loss to landowner

    Case notes
    Imposition of quarantine restrictions on land due to noxious plant infestation—no entitlement to compensation for loss of production—unreasonable delay in implementing effective remedy