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A copy of the Historic Places Trust Register
Matt Lane made this Official Information Act request to New Zealand Historic Places Trust (Pouhere Taonga)
The request was refused by New Zealand Historic Places Trust (Pouhere Taonga).
From: Matt Lane
10 June 2010
Dear New Zealand Historic Places Trust (Pouhere Taonga),
Currently you provide access to search results of the Historic
Places Trust Register (up to 500 results at a time) at your site
The Register consists of more than 5500 entries, so one could (if
they were inclined) rebuild the list (slowly) by multiple searches,
and copying and pasting.
For a full copy of the Register, you charge $300+GST.
I appreciate that charging for copies of the register must be a
useful revenue stream for the Historic Places Trust. However, as a
New Zealand citizen who pays taxes, I feel like you are charging me
twice. My understanding is that Crown Research Institutes must
ensure that they are financially viable by returning a profit,
however as an Autonomous Crown Entity, I am not sure that charging
for the Register fits your mandate to protect and promote historic
places in New Zealand. I could be sympathetic to the $300 fee if I
were convinced that it cost you that amount to provide me a copy of
the Register. I do not believe that this is that case (I looking
for just an excel spreadsheet, not a hardcopy).
I look forward to hearing from you.
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19 July 2010
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