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  • Request for advice and ‘think piece’ on reprioritisation or savings in Vote Education

    Case notes
    Disclosure of internal discussion documents and advice to Ministers would prejudice ongoing decision making process—disclosure of internal ‘think piece’ would inhibit future expression of free and frank opinions by officials—ss 9(2)(f)(iv) and 9(2)(g)(i) provide good reason to withhold
  • Request for draft briefings to the incoming government

    Case notes
    Disclosure of draft briefings to the incoming government would make officials reluctant to be so free and frank in expressing their initial and untested views and cause them to prefer less efficient and transparent verbal exchanges—section 9(2)(g)(i) applies
  • Request for details of risk management processes

    Case notes
    Request for details of risk management processes—relevant documents provided apart from the ‘risk register’—register consisted of free and frank expressions of opinion—release might undermine risk management strategy—public interest met by release of Risk Management Policy
  • Accident Compensation Commission offers payment and apology for delays in settling claim

    Case notes
    Claim declined—decision overturned by Appeal Authority—legislative changes in interim—entitlement lump sum payments lost—claim for ‘wrongful action’—claim for backdating of independence allowance—no authority to backdate—delay in settling ‘wrongful action’ claim—apology and token payment made—Accident Rehabilitation and Compensation Insurance Act 1992, ss 54 and 135
  • Department of Conservation resolves impasse concerning ivory-key piano held by New Zealand Customs

    Case notes
    Refusal to release piano imported from United Kingdom—family heirloom from 1920s—need for approval of Department of Conservation under CITES because of ivory content—conflict between New Zealand legislation implementing CITES and European Community Regulations—impasse resolved by acceptance of statutory declaration by family—conflict to be raised with CITES Secretariat
  • Review and Appeal Rights available for ACC claimants

    Case notes
    Failure to compensate for medical error—review and appeal rights available therefore outside jurisdiction—ACC Complaints Investigator available to consider peripheral issues