Please provide a list of all additions and removals to the Raw Milk register

Daniel Reurich made this Official Information request to Ministry for Primary Industries

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From: Daniel Reurich

Dear Ministry for Primary Industries,

Can you please provide for the Raw Milk RCS - Farm Dairy Operators register, a complete list of all the Additions, Removals, and Suspensions long with dates of the changes with reasons for any removals and suspensions.

Please provide the response in a machine readable form such as comma separated variable (.csv)

This request refers specifically to the register found at the following url:

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Reurich

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From: Official Information Act
Ministry for Primary Industries

Tçnâ koe Daniel,

Thank you for your official information request received on 9 December 2019.

Your request will be considered and an answer provided in accordance with the requirements of The Official Information Act 1982.

Please note, the period from 25 December to 15 January are not considered working days, as per section 2 of the OIA.

Please see the Office of the Ombudsman’s website for further information -

If you have any questions regarding this request, please email [email address]

Ngâ mihi,

Official Information Act Team
Ministerials and Business Support | Strategy, Performance & Engagement
Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatû Ahu Matua | Pastoral House 25 The Terrace | PO Box 2526 | Wellington 6140 New Zealand
Telephone: 0800 00 83 33 | Email: [email address] | Web:

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For clarification, I'm requesting a list of all the changes from the creation of the register until atleast 7th December 2019 or the date this request is processed.

Thank you.

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From: Thomas Turnbull (Tom)
Ministry for Primary Industries

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Dear Daniel Reurich,


On behalf of Debbie Morris, Director of Performance, Oversight &
Approvals, please find attached the response to your request for official


Ngā mihi,




Thomas Turnbull | Advisor, Official Information Act Team
Government Services | Public Affairs
Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatū Ahu Matua | Charles Fergusson
Building, 34-38 Bowen Street | PO Box 2526 | Wellington | New Zealand
Telephone:04-830-1531 | Web: [1]


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From: Daniel Reurich

Dear Thomas Turnbull (Tom),

I strongly disagree with the reasons given for refusing my request:

1) I was not asking for the already publicly available information. I was asking for the list of historical changes to that registry, so your refusal on grounds of the Official Information Act (hereafter OIA) Section 18(d) does not stand.

2) I'm an IT consultant with sufficient experience to know that it would is a trivial exercise to dump the requested records from the database comprising the records sought. In addition the data requested covers a period less then 5 years, and of a minimal volume and thus should be reasonably available for retrieval. Therefore your reference to OIA Section18(f) also does not apply. Also Given that MPI is the Dept responsible for food safety, and provider of the register from which this data is requested, rejection based on OIA Section 18(g)(i) also fails.

3) The data requested relates to information that has mostly been made public already so for the most part the general commercial sensitivity is not a factor. With respect to the specific reasons for removals or suspensions, the information relates to food safety and whilst there may be a commercial sensitivity, it is also of broad public interest - so your reference to OIA Section 9(2)(b)(ii) is at best dubious.

I hereby ask you to reconsider my request and provide the requested data with the following amendment that commercially prejudicial details may be redacted.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Reurich

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