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From: Douglas Black

Dear Southland Regional Council,

Could you please supply me with a copy of the full personal statements made by all current councillors at the recent elections, including any identified conflicts of interest.

Yours faithfully,

Douglas Black

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From: Bronwyn Auckram
Southland Regional Council

Hi Mr Black

 

Official information Request

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your official information request
dated 20/11/2019.

We received your request on 20/11/2019. We will endeavour to respond to
your request as soon as possible and in any event no later than
18/12/2019, being 20 working days after the day your request was received.
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an extension of that timeframe.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us. If any additional
factors come to light which are relevant to your request, please do not
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Yours sincerely

 

Bronwyn Auckram     

 

 

Bronwyn Auckram
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From: Jan Brown
Southland Regional Council


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Hello Mr Black

I am responding to your Official Information Act request relating to Councillor personal statements and conflict of interest declarations.

Attached please find copies of each of the current Councillors full personal statements made at the recent elections.
There are only 9 of those statements, although we have 12 Councillors - that is because three of the Councillors (McCallum, McPhail and Stevens) were returned unopposed, and so did not need to go through the election process.

Also attached are copies of the current Council's Members' Interests Declaration forms.
You will appreciate that I have been gathering this information from the past and existing Councillors, for the forthcoming triennium. The information provided here is the most up-to-date information I have relating to each of the Councillors as it has been supplied to me to date.

I advise you that you have the right to complain to the Ombudsman if you believe that information has been refused.

Yours sincerely

Jan Brown
Executive Assistant

Jan Brown

Environment Southland Te Taiao Tonga

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From: Douglas Black

Dear Jan Brown,

Thank you for your reply which was helpful but incomplete, as follows:
1) there is no conflict of interest statement for Nicol Horrell, and
2) there are no personal statements from the three unopposed councillors,as you noted. However, these need to be supplied so that all citizens affected by their decisions can see what they stand for and if appropriate seek to hold them to account. Further, such statements will be available for when they last made them in a contested election, and these should be updated as their views and circumstances may have changed since then. I respectfully request that updated personal statements be supplied from these three councillors as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Douglas Black

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From: Jan Brown
Southland Regional Council


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Hello Mr Black

My apologies.
You are quite correct, I omitted Nicol Horrell's declaration, and that was purely an oversight on my part, as it was definitely held in my office at the time you requested the information.
Attached is his Declaration.

I am currently looking into the points you make in paragraph (2), and will come back to you shortly with a response.

Regards
Jan

Jan Brown

Environment Southland Te Taiao Tonga

P 03 211 5115
Cnr Price St & North Rd, Private Bag 90116, Invercargill 9840
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From: Douglas Black

Dear Jan Brown

Thanks for your very speedy reply - look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Douglas Black

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From: Jan Brown
Southland Regional Council

Hello Douglas

With regard to paragraph 2 of your email, I advise that Environment Southland does not hold the information you are seeking.
Our elections services are provided by a contractor, who holds the information.
I have put a request in to that person to provide what you have asked for, and will advise when I have heard back from them.

I need to let you know that this is my last day in the office for this year, and I will not be back until 13 January 2020.
If I don't hear back from our contractor before I leave today, any response he does send is likely to be stuck in my emails.
I will endeavour to keep in touch with my emails whilst I am away, but I will be out of the country.
If this is going to be a problem for you (my return being 14 January and the potential delay of a response until that time), please let me know, and I will endeavour to put some other option into place.

Thanks.
Jan

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From: Douglas Black

Dear Jan Brown,

Thank you again for your prompt reply. I am very happy to wait till your return from holiday to receive the information still outstanding.

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!

Yours sincerely,

Douglas Black

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From: Jan Brown
Southland Regional Council

I currently out of the office returning on Monday, 13 January 2020. 
Please contact the Organisation Support team on 03 211 5115 if your need
is urgent assistance, otherwise I will respond to your email upon my
return to work.  Merry Christmas.

Jan Brown
Executive Assistant 
Environment Southland  Te Taiao Tonga

P 03 211 5115 | DDI 03 211 5288 | M 021 177 3808 
Cnr Price St & North Rd, Private Bag 90116, Invercargill 9840
[1][email address] |
[2]www.es.govt.nz | [3]facebook.com/environmentsouthland
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from 5pm on Tuesday 24 December until 8am on Monday 6 January.

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From: Jan Brown
Southland Regional Council


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Hello Mr Black

Over the Christmas break I have received the following response from our Electoral provider, with two of the remaining candidates statements that you sought.

Cr McCallum came on to Council during the 2013 election process. That process was not managed by this Council, nor was it managed by Election Services (Dale Ofsoske), but was run on our behalf by the Southland District Council.

If you are still wanting to have a copy of Cr McCallum's 2013 statement, I am happy to follow-up with the Southland District Council and see if they still have a copy on their files or not.

Please let me know.

Regards
Jan

Jan Brown

Environment Southland Te Taiao Tonga

P 03 211 5115
Cnr Price St & North Rd, Private Bag 90116, Invercargill 9840
Environment Southland's office will be closed over the Christmas period from 1pm on Tuesday 24 December until 8am on Monday 6 January.

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