Events Centre Underwrite Budget 2019/20

Matthew Young made this Official Information request to Hutt City Council

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From: Matthew Young

Dear Hutt City Council,

Can I please be provided with the paper considered by the Community Plan Committee on 11 June 2019 under public excluded titled 'BUDGET UPDATES 2019/20 - COMMERCIAL UNDERWRITE'

Can I also please be advised of the following information:

1. What is the budgeted figure for the Events Centre underwrite in Council's 2019/20 budget?

2. What is the level of confidence officers have in this figure?

3. Noting that this figure was public within Council's 2018/19 budget, and further information was provided in the agenda of the Finance and Performance Committee of 8 May 2019, what has changed since these times which means the figure now needs to be kept secret?

4. Is it true that the rationale for this item being public excluded is related to negative publicity the underwrite has previously received?

Yours faithfully,
Matt Young

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From: Hutt City Council - Acknowledgements
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Attachment DOC 19 64995 Acknowledgement Letter OIR Matthew Young Events Centre Underwrite Budget 2019 20 CLEAN.pdf
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Attached is an acknowledgement of your recent Official Information
Request.

 

Kind regards

Corporate Information 

Hutt City Council

 

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From: Bradley Cato
Hutt City Council


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Hi Matt

 

I refer to your requests below.

 

That paper is still public excluded and so withheld for the reasons given
at the meeting, which you will recall related to s7(2)(b)(ii) and 7(2)(i)
LGOIMA which relate to unreasonably prejudicing the commercial position of
the person who is the subject of the information and enabling Council to
carry out, without prejudice or disadvantage, negotiations. We do not
consider there are reasons in the public interest that favour release
here.  You have the right to complain to the Ombudsman. 

  

As discussed in the public section of the meeting, the primary concern for
Council is that is currently in negotiations with the Event Centre
operator with regard to its draft business plan (including the projected
underwrite).  For clarity, this relates to the underwrite for the second
year of operating and not the first year. 

 

Regards

Brad

Bradley Cato
General Counsel

Hutt City Council, 30 Laings Road, Private Bag 31912, Lower Hutt 5040, New
Zealand
T 04 570 6880, M 027 542 8175,  W [1]www.huttcity.govt.nz

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From: Matthew Young

Hi Brad,

Thanks for your response.
Can you please confirm;

1. The timeframe for conclusion of the negotiations.
2. That the requested information will be made available at the conclusion of negotitations.
3. Where the requested information will be made available

Regards,
Matt Young

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From: Bradley Cato
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Hi Matt

I've followed those questions up and understand the negotiations are still on-going at the moment with no fixed timeframe. I don't know the answer to the other 2 questions yet.

On a side note, we are getting requests relating to requests now, ie. Requests about information requests. Do you have any issues with your details (name and emails on the requests) being released as part of these?

Regards
Brad

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Bradley Cato
General Counsel

Hutt City Council, 30 Laings Road, Private Bag 31912, Lower Hutt 5040, New Zealand
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From: Matthew Young

Hi Brad,

Can you please confirm again the status of negotiations given that we are well into a new financial year (the year within which the business plan in question is operational).
Can you also please now answer questions 1 and 2 from my original email as listed below:

1. What is the budgeted figure for the Events Centre underwrite in Council's 2019/20 budget?
2. What is the level of confidence officers have in this figure?

With the addition of:

3. What is the expected deficit within the Events Centre Operator's business plan for the 2019-20 financial year?

And lastly I have no issue with my name being associated with any requests I have made.

Thanks,
Matthew Young

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From: Hutt City Council - Acknowledgements
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Dear Sir/Madam

 

Attached is an acknowledgement of your recent Official Information
Request.

 

Kind regards

Corporate Information 

Hutt City Council

 

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From: Mary Hewett
Hutt City Council


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Hello Matthew.  In regard to your OIR regarding the Events Centre, the
following information is provided:

 

1.       We can confirm the negotiations have now been concluded.

 

2.       The budgeted figure for the Events Centre underwrite in Council’s
2019/2020 budget is being withheld as it is necessary to protect the
information as making it available would be likely to unreasonably
prejudice the commercial position of the Events Centre pursuant to
s7(2)(b)(ii).

 

3.       We cannot disclose the budgeted operating results for the
2019-2020 financial year as that is information held under an obligation
of confidence pursuant to s7(2)(c)(i). Further as it is necessary to
protect the information as making it available would be likely to
unreasonably prejudice the commercial position of the Events Centre under
s7(2)(b)(ii). For these reasons the expected deficit with the Event’s
Centre Operator’s business plan is withheld.

 

You have the right to complain to the Ombudsman.

 

Regards

 

 

Mary Hewett
Executive Assistant to GM City & Community Services

Hutt City Council, 30 Laings Road, Private Bag 31912, Lower Hutt 5040, New
Zealand
T 04 570 6997, M 027 706 7212,  W [1]www.huttcity.govt.nz

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received this e-mail message in error, please notify the sender
immediately. Thank you.

 

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