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From: Jeremy Puger

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,

Hello

I will be making this request of all major government departments. I am starting with five in the first instance so that their answers will help me to refine my questions going forward.

I am seeking information for the last five years about government activity that relates to climate change. I am wanting to find out for each year:

Air Travel

(please do domestic and international air travel separately)

A). How many of your staff has travelled by air (obviously with all of these I mean where the agency has paid for it) and how many the total flights were and how much it cost all up.

B). What was the purpose and benefit to the taxpayer of each trip

C). For each trip why was a remote alternative not used? Like for conferences a lot of them have remote viewing dial ins so you don’t have to travel to attend. Meetings can usually be done by conference call or skype. Things like that. So there are very few situations where staff would actually have to travel by air. So in cases where you have could you explain if there was no remote alternative available? And if there was why was it not used?

D). When staff are travelling there are extra expenses too. How much has been spent on accommodation and for how many people and nights in these times too?

E). As per D but how much on other expenses like meals and allowances?

F). Do staff of different jobs/ranks/levels get different types or levels of accommodation. If so can you explain why?

G). Going into the future do you have plans to reduce air travel? If you do could you explain these plans and if you have set any targets for it and things

Packaging and Recycling

A). Do you have recycling facilities in all of your premises? If you do not please explain why

B). Do you actively encourage or make your staff recycle? If you do please explain how

C). Do you have rules aimed at encouraging other staff environmentally friendly behaviour such as banning staff from bringing disposable cups onto the premises?

D). If you have cafes or similar things in your premises do you require them to use environmentally healthy options such a re usable cutlery and recyclable packaging?

Encouraging Good Behaviour and Attunement with the natural world

A). Do all of your offices have plants? If so, what is the ratio of plants to workers? Do you ensure that providers that look after the plants use sustainable and environmentally friendly options in their practices (for example pesticide choices)?

B). Do you have programmes for encouraging your staff to make more environmentally friendly choices outside of work?

C). Do you encourage your staff to be more interconnected with the natural world by hosting or promoting practices such as mindfulness, meditation, earthing or Tai Chi?

E). Do you take any steps to increase staff knowledge and awareness of environmental issues in general?

Yours faithfully,

Jeremy Puger

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

 

 

Ref: 1920-0563

 

Dear Mr Puger

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 03 October 2019 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

·        Air Travel

 

·        (please do domestic and international air travel separately)

 

·        A). How many of your staff has travelled by air (obviously with
all of these I mean where the agency has paid for it) and how many the
total flights were and how much it cost all up.

 

·        B). What was the purpose and benefit to the taxpayer of each trip

 

·        C). For each trip why was a remote alternative not used?  Like
for conferences a lot of them have remote viewing dial ins so you don’t
have to travel to attend. Meetings can usually be done by conference call
or skype. Things like that. So there are very few situations where staff
would actually have to travel by air.  So in cases where you have could
you explain if there was no remote alternative available? And if there was
why was it not used?

 

·        D). When staff are travelling there are extra expenses too. How
much has been spent on accommodation and for how many people and nights in
these times too?

 

·        E). As per D but how much on other expenses like meals and
allowances?

 

·        F). Do staff of different jobs/ranks/levels get different types
or levels of accommodation. If so can you explain why?

 

·        G). Going into the future do you have plans to reduce air travel?
If you do could you explain these plans and if you have set any targets
for it and things

 

·        Packaging and Recycling

 

·        A). Do you have recycling facilities in all of your premises? If
you do not please explain why

 

·        B). Do you actively encourage or make your staff recycle? If you
do please explain how

 

·        C). Do you have rules aimed at encouraging other staff
environmentally friendly behaviour such as banning staff from bringing
disposable cups onto the premises?

 

·        D). If you have cafes or similar things in your premises do you
require them to use environmentally healthy options such a re usable
cutlery and recyclable packaging?

 

·        Encouraging Good Behaviour and Attunement with the natural world

 

·        A). Do all of your offices have plants? If so, what is the ratio
of plants to workers? Do you ensure that providers that look after the
plants use sustainable and environmentally friendly options in their
practices (for example pesticide choices)?

 

·        B). Do you have programmes for encouraging your staff to make
more environmentally friendly choices outside of work?

 

·        C). Do you encourage your staff to be more interconnected with
the natural world by hosting or promoting practices such as mindfulness,
meditation, earthing or Tai Chi?

 

·        E). Do you take any steps to increase staff knowledge and
awareness of environmental issues in general?

 

 

Your request is being processed in accordance with the Act and a response
will be sent to you in due course. If you have any enquiries regarding
your request feel free to contact us via email [1][MBIE request email] or
using the contact details below.

 

 

Nāku noa, nā

Katie Wellington

MANAGER, MINISTERIAL SERVICES

 

Corporate, Governance and Information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Level 4, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

NZBN 9429000106078

 

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Dear Jeremy

 

Please find the attached letter advising you of the Ministry’s extension
of the deadline for your Official Information Act request.  

Kind regards

Ministerial Services

Engagement, Communications and Ministerial Services (ECoMS)

Corporate, Governance and Information (CGI)

PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

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