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From: Jeremy Puger

Dear Ministry of Social Development,
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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Tēnā koe Jeremy Puger

 

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Information Act 1982. Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate
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regarding your request to be sent to you as soon as possible.

 

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Tēnā koe Jeremy Puger

 

Thank you for your email received 3 October 2019, under the Official
Information Act 1982. I would like to contact you and discuss your
request.

 

Could you please email [1][email address] so we can get in touch.

 

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Official and Parliamentary Information team   |  Ministerial and
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Ministry of Social Development

 

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From: Jeremy Puger

Dear OIA_Requests (MSD),

Hi. You have attempted to provide an email address but it shows as being redacted (as you can see in your reply above). I suspect that this is an automatic feature of FYI. If i were to post mine, I expect the same would happen,

Easier (and more transparent) if we discuss the request here publicly anyway

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Puger

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Please find attached a letter advising you of the need to extend the
timeframe for a decision on your Official Information Act request.

 

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Official and Parliamentary Information team   |  Ministerial and
Executive Services

Ministry of Social Development

 

Our Purpose:
We help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent.
Manaaki Tangata, Manaaki Whānau.

 

 

 

 

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are not the intended recipient, any use, dissemination, distribution or
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