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From: Barry Brill

Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

The MBIE has announced an investment of $26 million in a satellite to detect methane emissions, in a joint venture with the Environmental Defence Society of the USA. Please provide a copy of any cabinet papers in support of this investment, including the treasury Report.

Yours faithfully,

Barry Brill

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Kia ora Barry,

Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 which was received on 14 November 2019, copied below. A response will be provided in accordance with the Act (please see the Office of the Ombudsman Website for more details -  http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/).

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Ngā mihi,
Anna.

Ministerial Coordinator
Ministerial Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Kia ora Barry,

 

Please see the attached letter regarding your recent OIA request.

 

Ngā mihi,

Anna.

 

Ministerial Coordinator
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Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
 
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Dear Barry Brill,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 14 November 2019 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

“The MBIE has announced an investment of $26 million in a satellite to
detect methane emissions, in a joint venture with the Environmental
Defence Society of the USA. Please provide a copy of any cabinet papers in
support of this investment, including the treasury Report.”

 

Your request has been transferred to the Ministry from the Department of
the Prime Minister and Cabinet on 19 November 2019 and is being processed
in accordance with the Official Information Act 1982. 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][email address] or using
the contact details below.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

MINISTERIAL SERVICES

 

Corporate, Governance and Information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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

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Kia ora Barry

 

Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 which
was transferred to Treasury from DPMC on 19 November 2019. A response will
be provided in accordance with the Act (please see the Office of the
Ombudsman Website for more details -
 [1]http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/).

 

Regards

 

 

Emma Davey | Ministerial Advisor | Te Tai Ôhanga – The Treasury

Tel: +64 4 917 6897 |  Email/IM: [email address]

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Good morning Barry,

 

We hope this email finds you well.

 

I am contacting you regarding your OIA request for MBIE’s Cabinet paper in
support of the $26 investment in a satellite to detect methane emissions,
including the Treasury Report. We have been transferred the portion of
your OIA request relating to the Treasury Report by DPMC.

 

We would like to clarify with you what you were after in regards to the
Treasury Report: there was not a separate Treasury Report on the satellite
investment, but we do have a very short briefing as part of a wider
Cabinet briefing. Would this be within scope of what you are after?

 

We would be grateful if you could please let us know. Please feel free to
contact me by email or phone (my details are below) if you have any
questions or would like any further information.

 

Kind regards,

Ruohan

 

 

 

Ruohan Zhao (she/her) | Transitions, Regions and Economic Development| Te
Tai Ôhanga – The Treasury
DDI: +64 4 917 6087   Extn: 8087 | [1][email address]

 

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From: Barry Brill

Dear Ruohan,

Thanks for your email. Yes, the relevant section of the Treasury's briefing paper for Cabinet does fall within the scope of what I am seeking.

If the Treasury has any relevantadditional information regarding investment returns (IRR, NPV, payback, etc) I would be grateful if you could add that.

Yours sincerely,

Barry Brill

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From: Ruohan Zhao [TSY]

Kia ora Barry,

Thank you for confirming. I will let our Ministerial Advisor know and we will update this on our system.

Regarding information on investment returns, could I please clarify whether you mean investment returns specifically in relation to the satellite system?

Kind regards,
Ruohan

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From: Barry Brill

Hi Ruohan

Yes.

In my experience, any proposal for a multi-million-dollar investment by the Government would require a Treasury report. Can you explain why that was not required for the methane-sniffing satellite investment?

As no report was prepared by Treasury, I assume the figures (ie the business case for the investment) were provided to Treasury by MBIE or some other source.

I would like a copy of whatever figures of this nature are held on Treasury's file.

Barry

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From: Ruohan Zhao [TSY]

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Kia ora Barry,

Thank you for your clarification.

Regarding the first question, there is not a requirement that all investments be accompanied by a Treasury Report.

Regarding the second question, we have checked internally and we do not hold any further information about the methaneSAT investment. We would recommend asking MBIE for this information, as the policy lead for this initiative.

As requested, we will include the material from the Cabinet paper briefing for your OIA request.

Many thanks,
Ruohan

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From: Barry Brill

Thanks Ruohan.

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From: Emma Davey [TSY]

Kia ora Barry

Thank you for your email of 25 November. We can now proceed with your OIA request as defined in your email. In accordance with section 15(1AA) of the Official Information Act, your request is deemed to have been received by the Treasury on 25 November 2019 i.e the date the scope of your request was confirmed.

Regards,

Emma Davey | Ministerial Advisor | Te Tai Ôhanga – The Treasury
Tel: +64 4 917 6897 |  Email/IM: [email address]
Visit us online at https://treasury.govt.nz/ and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram
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Please see attached , the combined response , uploaded for 0789 yesterday.

 

 

Ngā mihi

 

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Katharina Redpath

Ministerial Co-ordinator |Science Policy | Labour, Science and
Enterprise

 

MINISTRY OF BUSINESS INNOVATION & EMPLOYMENT | HIKINA WHAKATUTUKI

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