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  • 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
  • Request for counselling guidelines published by the Abortion Supervisory Committee

    Case notes
    Request for counselling guidelines published by the Abortion Supervisory Committee—information withheld on grounds it would soon be publicly available—whether draft documents are ‘official information’—interpretation of ‘soon be publicly available’
  • 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