Costs and expected lifetime of Paxster vehicles

Rich Seager made this Official Information request to New Zealand Post Limited

The request was partially successful.

From: Rich Seager

Dear New Zealand Post Limited,

Could you please provide me with a breakdown of the costs of Paxster vehicles (i.e. both purchase price and running costs) and what the expected lifetime of these vehicles are.

And how many have been purchased (I have seen references to thirty of them).

I think they're a great idea by the way. Hopefully they're working out.

Yours faithfully,

Rich Seager

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From: Oia Officer
New Zealand Post Limited

Hi Rich,
Thank you for your email requesting information from NZ Post. We will
respond within the 20 working day statutory timeframe.
Kind regards,
OIA Officer
NZ Post

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From: Rich Seager <[FOI #11163 email]>
Sent: Saturday, 7 September 2019 7:44 PM
To: Oia Officer <[email address]>
Subject: Official Information request - Costs and expected lifetime of
Paxster vehicles
 
Dear New Zealand Post Limited,

Could you please provide me with a breakdown of the costs of Paxster
vehicles (i.e. both purchase price and running costs) and what the
expected lifetime of these vehicles are.

And how many have been purchased (I have seen references to thirty of
them).

I think they're a great idea by the way. Hopefully they're working out.

Yours faithfully,

Rich Seager

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From: Rich Seager

Dear Oia Officer,

Thanks. I look forward to receiving the information.

Yours sincerely,

Rich Seager

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From: Oia Officer
New Zealand Post Limited

Hi Rich,
Thank you for your request for information concerning NZ Post's electric
Paxster vehicles. 
We currently have 430 Paxsters operating in our fleet, each with an
expected life of 6 years. 
Given that we operate in a competitive environment, we have made the
decision to withhold information concerning the purchase price and running
costs of the Paxsters on the basis that, under section 9(2)(b)(ii) of the
Official Information Act, the withholding of that information is necessary
to protect information where the making available of the information would
be likely unreasonably to prejudice the commercial position of the person
who is supplied or who is the subject of the information. 
Please be aware that you have the right to complain to the Ombudsman
concerning our decision to withhold part of the information you have
requested.
Kind regards,
OIA Officer
NZ Post

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From: Rich Seager <[FOI #11163 email]>
Sent: Saturday, 7 September 2019 7:44 PM
To: Oia Officer <[email address]>
Subject: Official Information request - Costs and expected lifetime of
Paxster vehicles
 
Dear New Zealand Post Limited,

Could you please provide me with a breakdown of the costs of Paxster
vehicles (i.e. both purchase price and running costs) and what the
expected lifetime of these vehicles are.

And how many have been purchased (I have seen references to thirty of
them).

I think they're a great idea by the way. Hopefully they're working out.

Yours faithfully,

Rich Seager

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Rich Seager left an annotation ()

Someone.... updated this to 'refused'. It was mostly refused but not totally so I've updated it again to 'partially successful'.

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D Lynn left an annotation ()

Rich,

Partial means something useful was provided. Obviously 430 Paxsters and 6 years is "information" but your question appeared to ask about a cost/benefit analysis (which was apparently not done before the $M++ purchase). Such an analysis should have included acquisition costs including charging stations, electricity (fuel) and maintenance costs (tyres, lube, etc.), training costs (which, from all the accidents reported, was unsuccessful) and decommission costs - not to mention the cost of push bike disposal. Replacing the fleet of 420 (to ~550 or more) Paxsters every (estimated) 6 years would be another massive cost which needed to be accounted for. No wonder the domestic postage rate has more than doubled (not yet tripled) in 20 years.

Citing "competitive" information works for a private company but NOT for an SOE, i.e., funded by NZ citizens who have a right to know how their rates and postage fees are being spent and how the new vehicles are being maintained to support their estimated 6 year life (and decommission costs).

I would evaluate the NZ Post response as far less than 10% which is extremely, not "mostly," unresponsive to a valid and important question.

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