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Request for MSD historic claims guidebookCase notesComplaint about the decision to withhold a document containing procedures and guidance under section 9(2)(j) of the Official Information Act—section 9(2)(j) did not apply—engagements conducted on a ‘take it or leave it’ basis are not clearly ‘negotiatio
Negotiations work sheetTemplate letters and worksheets, Worksheets and other resourcesThis summary work sheet will help you to decide whether there is good reason to withhold official information under the negotiations withholding ground.
Negotiations: A guide to section 9(2)(j) of the OIA and section 7(2)(i) of the LGOIMAOfficial informationThis is a guide to the negotiations withholding ground found in section 9(2)(j) of the OIA and section 7(2)(i) of the LGOIMA.
Request for list of proposed Significant Natural AreasCase notesNegotiations concluded—s 7(2)(i) does not apply
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.
Request for draft reports prepared by EY on Information ServicesCase notesDraft reports were in fact final reports—some information publicly available—negotiations had been concluded—neither s 7(2)(c)(ii) nor s 7(2)(i) apply—significant public interest in release to promote transparency of Council’s decision making processes and accountability for expenditure of ratepayer money
Request for Skypath business case and procurement planCase notesReleasing business case and procurement plan would unreasonably prejudice the commercial position of the private partner in a public private partnership—withholding strengths and weaknesses of negotiating position necessary to enable Council to carry on negotiations without prejudice or disadvantage—ss 7(2)(b)(ii), 7(2)(c)(i), 7(2)(i) apply
Request for cost of recruiting Vice-ChancellorCase notesRelease of total cost would not unreasonably prejudice third party’s commercial position—no specific negotiations—release of total costs would not deter businesses from treating with government—public interest in accountability for spending public money
Request for price of successful tenderer (weekly license fee to operate and occupy Riverbank Market)Case notesNo need to withhold successful tender price—s 7(2)(i) does not apply—public interest in release to promote integrity and transparency of tender process
Request for information associated with PHARMAC’s 2016/17 budget bidCase notesPHARMAC did not have a commercial position and was not engaged in commercial activities—s 9(2)(j) applies to information about PHARMAC’s willingness to pay for pharmaceuticals but not to PHARMAC’s indicative budget in out-years
Request for correspondence about Total Mobility SchemeCase notesRevealing the respective positions and concerns of the parties to the negotiation would lead to reduced cooperation and information sharing, and decrease likelihood of compromise—s 7(2)(i) applies
Request for amount budgeted for staff remunerationCase notesReleasing staff remuneration budget would undermine the Council’s bargaining position and prejudice ability to negotiate effectively with staff and representatives—s 7(2)(i) applies
Request for information about Hauraki Treaty negotiationsCase notesRelease would prejudice the goodwill of the parties and the progress of the negotiations—s 9(2)(j) applies
Request for information about DHB’s dispute with South Link HealthCase notesReleasing statement of claim in breach of confidentiality agreement would disadvantage the DHB by diminishing trust and goodwill between the parties—releasing report would disadvantage the DHB by assisting the other party to counter DHB’s position—public interest in disclosure outweighed the need to withhold the statement of claim but not the report
Request for information about dispute between South Link Health and Southern District Health BoardCase notesGood reason to withhold information that would reveal negotiating position and strategy or further deteriorate the relationship between the parties—s 9(2)(j) does not apply to some factual information and information that was known to the other party to the negotiation
Request for rent paid for transmission and broadcast sitesCase notesRequester could use knowledge of other site rental rates to try and obtain a higher rate in their rent review—s 9(2)(j) applies
Request for CERA property valuation reportsCase notesMuch of the information already available to the requesters—disclosing the remaining information about how the valuations were reached would not prejudice or disadvantage CERA in negotiations with property owners, but make the negotiations more robust with both sides fully informed—strong public interest in disclosure to address power disparity between negotiating parties—s 9(2)(j) does not provide good reason to withhold
Request for costing and liability information concerning the grounding of the MV RenaCase notesRelease of information about costs incurred in responding to the grounding would give advance notice of the Crown’s negotiating position—s 9(2)(j) applies but not to information that was known to both parties and in the public domain
Request for emails between Costamare and Maritime New Zealand regarding the MV RenaCase notesReleasing emails between the parties during the negotiations would prejudice willingness of the parties to participate in the negotiation in an open manner—s 9(2)(j) applies
Request for advice about SkyCity convention centreCase notesNecessary to withhold strategy and bottom lines to enable the Crown to carry on negotiations with SkyCity—s 9(2)(j) applies
Request for Landcare report on Balmoral Pastoral LeaseCase notesThe risk of lobbying and media attention is not a prejudice or disadvantage in terms of s 9(2)(j)
Request for record of Council’s meeting with neighbourCase notesReleasing the record of a meeting conducted on a confidential and without prejudice basis would make it harder to resolve the matter and disadvantage the Council in its negotiations—s 7(2)(i) applies
Request for information about initiatives to end whaling in the Southern OceanCase notesRelease would jeopardise relations with other parties to IWC negotiations and prejudice their willingness to share information—s 9(2)(j) applies
Request for draft agreement to investigate, construct and operate a windfarmCase notesReleasing draft agreement would damage the relationship between the Council and the company, and make it more difficult for the Council to conclude the negotiations successfully—s 7(2)(i) applies
Request for risk assessment report on Hut Creek MineCase notesRelease would prejudice or disadvantage agency’s negotiations to acquire mining permit— s 9(2)(j) applies
Request for Crown’s projected figures, budgetary consequences and methodology relating to Treaty of Waitangi negotiationsCase notesJournalist requested forecasts of settlement quantums prepared by OTS— request refused because release would prejudice or disadvantage Crown in carrying on negotiations—information contained details of projected figures and budgetary consequences of different settlement quantums and revealed OTS’s methodology for reaching these figures—disclosure would reveal OTS’s approach to negotiations and falsely give a top dollar figure available to claimants—Ombudsman satisfied Crown’s position in negotiations would be prejudiced by release—public interest in OTS’s transparency and accountability for negotiating with public money met by information already in public arena and made available to claimants during negotiation process—Ombudsman satisfied OTS entitled to rely on section 9(2)(j) to withhold information.
Request for details of Housing New Zealand’s top ten rental arrears by city or townCase notesRequest for details of Housing New Zealand’s top ten rental arrears by city or town—Housing New Zealand considered release of information would prejudice negotiations to recover rental arrears—public interest in accountability outweighed need to withhold—information released
Request for information relating to the state sector wage roundCase notesRequest to Minister of State Services for information relating to the state sector wage round—information relating to industrial negotiating strategies withheld—concern that release would prejudice current and future negotiations and would be likely to prejudice the ability of the State Services Commission to obtain information from state sector agencies regarding industrial negotiations
Request for job evaluation report commissioned by employerCase notesPay negotiations—request for report commissioned by employer—prejudice or disadvantage in carrying on the negotiations—reason to withhold not outweighed by other public interest considerations
Request for reports relating to INCIS projectCase notesRequest 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 planning package for health and disability servicesCase notesRequest for CHE Planning Package for health and disability services in Otago—request refused by Southern Regional Health because of prejudice to negotiations—identification and assessment of countervailing public interest considerations favouring disclosure
Request for information relating to divestment of Crown shares in Electricity CorporationCase notesRequest for information relating to divestment by Crown of shares in Electricity Corporation (ECNZ)—request refused—ECNZ removed from Schedule 1 to Official Information Act during course of investigation—investigation discontinued