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  • Request for access to papers deposited in National Archives

    Case notes
    Request for access to certain papers deposited in National Archives—request declined on basis that access to the papers was restricted—condition made by former Minister at time of deposit that access subject to his consent—he declined to give consent—release would be contrary to specified enactment—Archives Act 1957, s 20(1)
  • Request for access to building plans submitted for resource consent

    Case notes
    Request for access to building plans submitted for resource consent—plans marked ‘confidential’—plans amended—request declined for copyright and security reasons—public interest in effective participation in process—Building Act 1991, ss 27(1), 27(3)
  • Request for notes of a telephone conversation between officials

    Case notes
    Request for notes of a telephone conversation between officials at the Commerce Commission and Ministry of Commerce—information withheld under s 9(2)(g)(ii)—factors to be considered when considering whether release would result in improper pressure or harassment of officials and thereby prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs
  • Request for communications between Minister of SOEs and other parties in respect of policy announcement about TVNZ

    Case notes
    Request for communications between Minister of SOEs and other parties in respect of policy announcement about TVNZ—information at issue comprised oral communications with Cabinet colleagues preceding policy announcement—withholding necessary to protect constitutional convention protecting collective and individual ministerial responsibility
  • Request for reasons for decision made three years earlier

    Case notes
    Request for reasons for decision made three years earlier—request declined on grounds it was not ‘made within a reasonable time of the making of the decision’—decision to decline request upheld
  • Request for details of course attended by prisoner

    Case notes
    Request for details of course attended by prisoner—information withheld on privacy grounds—seriousness of offence did not extinguish right to privacy—studying was essential component of rehabilitation—public interest met by disclosure of tertiary institution and circumstances of attendance
  • Request for still photograph from covert surveillance camera

    Case notes
    Request for still photograph from covert video surveillance camera—person featured in videotape convicted of offence—privacy interest not outweighed by any countervailing public interest favouring disclosure
  • Request for Customs document concerning settlement of disputes

    Case notes
    General direction to relevant officials—s 22 applied
  • Requests to Board of Trustees for various information

    Case notes
    Requests to School Board of Trustees for various information—some refused on grounds it either did not exist or could not be found—failure to respond to request for some information—difficulties in progressing investigation—meeting with parties to resolve outstanding issues—Board justified in refusing some information—some information subject to Privacy Act—some information not official information ‘held’ by Board
  • Request for letter written by District Council Mayor

    Case notes
    Request for a letter written by District Council Mayor—question as to whether letter written by the Mayor as a public official or as a private citizen—found it was written in Mayor’s capacity as a public official—no valid reason for withholding established
  • Request for policy on settling disputes

    Case notes
    Request for policy on settling disputes—information withheld on basis of legal professional privilege—consideration of s 22 and relationship with s 9(2)(h)
  • Request for psychiatric records of deceased sister

    Case notes
    Request for psychiatric records of deceased sister—records included notes from medical professionals and family members—privacy established—public interest considerations outweighed need to withhold all information
  • Request for Defence Force National Real Estate Review

    Case notes
    Request for Defence Force National Real Estate Review—information withheld on basis of need to protect confidentiality of advice—report prepared by external consultants and submitted to Minister—information not advice tendered by officials—recommendation that report be released—report released with contextual statement
  • Request for information made via newspaper

    Case notes
    Request contained in Editor’s reply to letter published in ‘Letters to the Editor’—form of request not sufficient for purposes of s 12
  • Request for information relating to candidacy for Director-General of World Trade Organisation

    Case notes
    Request for specific information relating to Rt Hon Mike Moore’s candidacy for Director-General of the World Trade Organisation—request declined under s 6(a)—release would be likely to prejudice New Zealand’s international relations
  • Request for reports relating to INCIS project

    Case notes
    Request to Police for INCIS reports—reports withheld in their entirety—change in circumstances since request refused affecting outcome of review—good reason to withhold information would be established if request made at time of review—investigation discontinued on basis that whatever view might be formed as to correctness of decision to withhold, no recommendation for release would be made
  • Request for information about staff and salaries in the Prime Minister’s office

    Case notes
    Request for detailed information about the number of persons in the Prime Minister’s office and their salaries—information withheld to protect privacy of individuals—s 9(2)(a) applied to protect some of the information requested but public interest identified in release of worthwhile information about expenditure on personnel in PM’s office—total expenditure released—s 9(1)
  • Request for information relating to Government funding for upgrade of hospital

    Case notes
    Request for information on Government funding for the upgrade and redevelopment of Wellington Hospital—request refused on variety of grounds—majority of information released on review—interpretation of s 9(2)(i) and what constitutes ‘commercial activities’—Health and Disability Services Act 1993, s 11(2)(b)
  • Request for information regarding contact between Board members and news staff

    Case notes
    Request to Television New Zealand for information concerning contact between Board members and news/current affairs staff—reasonable effort must be made to find relevant information
  • Request for advice given by Queen’s Counsel

    Case notes
    Request for advice given by Queen’s Counsel—whether information subject to legal professional privilege—purpose for which information was brought into existence—whether other considerations warranting disclosure in the public interest
  • Request made by employer to WINZ for information about employee

    Case notes
    Request made by employer to WINZ for information about employee—request refused on privacy grounds—information required for Employment Tribunal hearing—no countervailing public interest considerations outweighing need to withhold
  • Request for details of compensation for breach of privacy

    Case notes
    Request for details of compensation for breach of privacy—obligation of confidence—interest in withholding not outweighed by public interest considerations
  • Request for reports held by Ministry of Commerce

    Case notes
    Application of Companies Act 1993, s 367(2)—information withheld pursuant to s 367(2)—investigation showed s 367(2) applied to information at issue—investigation under Ombudsmen Act precluded—right of appeal to High Court available under Companies Act—Ombudsmen Act 1975, s 13(7)(a); Companies Act 1993, ss 365, 367(2), 368
  • Request for information about producer board reforms

    Case notes
    Request for information about producer board reforms—premature disclosure of some of the information would be likely to damage seriously the economic interests of New Zealand in relation to overseas trade agreements—s 6(e)(vi)—deletions from documents not feasible therefore some documents withheld in full
  • Request for information relating to the employment investigation of Unit Manager at Prison

    Case notes
    Request for information relating to employment investigation of Unit Manager at Prison—information withheld on privacy and confidentiality grounds—information at issue protected, subject to release of appropriate summaries of this information to satisfy the public interest in accountability
  • Request for details of late husband’s criminal record

    Case notes
    Request by widow for details of late husband’s criminal record—request declined to protect privacy of deceased person—balance between requester’s circumstances and knowledge of late husband’s criminal record and deceased person’s privacy interests—consultation with Privacy Commissioner—information released
  • Request for review report prepared for tertiary institution

    Case notes
    Request for review report prepared for tertiary institution—information refused in order to protect privacy, obligation of confidence, and free and frank expression of opinion—consideration of University’s enforcement of an obligation of confidentiality upon itself—reasoned and well informed comment does not constitute free and frank expression of opinion—Act does not provide for class approach to documents—individual privacy not at issue
  • Request for details of address of incorrect recipient of parcel

    Case notes
    Photographic work sent to wrong address by Creative New Zealand—recipient disposed of parcel—photographer sought information concerning loss—privacy interests of name and address of recipient—public interest in photographer having all relevant information to enable legal rights to be assessed outweighed privacy interest
  • Charge for information requested from the Minister of Revenue

    Case notes
    Request by Parliamentary Research Unit to Minister of Revenue—convention for requests to be made to appropriate Minister and not to charge for supply of information—information held by Inland Revenue Department—request not transferred by Minister but responded to by Department— ss 13, 14, 15, 18(f).
  • Request for manufacturer’s information of breath-testing device used by Police

    Case notes
    Request for technical data and manufacturer’s specifications for an evidential breath-testing device used by the Police—information withheld on basis release would disclose a trade secret, unreasonably prejudice commercial position of manufacturer and prejudice maintenance of the law—New Zealand case law suggested prosecution obliged to disclose sufficient information to defence counsel—investigation discontinued on basis that application to the Court provided adequate alternative remedy
  • Request for access to an application for an anti-dumping investigation

    Case notes
    Request for application for the initiation of an anti-dumping investigation—request refused in reliance upon s 6(a)—consideration of New Zealand’s obligations as a member of the WTO—Article 5.5 of the WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement—Dumping and Countervailing Duties Act 1998—prejudice to New Zealand’s international relations would be likely to occur
  • Charge for extracting information from Housing New Zealand’s database

    Case notes
    Estimate of charges to extract specific information from database—reasonableness of charge—absence of appropriately qualified staff—need to contract systems analyst—revised estimate provided—charge not unreasonable