Overseas travel policy and information

Ellen Rhodes made this Official Information request to Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities

Currently waiting for a response from Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities, they must respond promptly and normally no later than (details and exceptions).

From: Ellen Rhodes

Dear Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities,

I wish to request the following information for your entitiy and its predecessor Housing NZ:

• All policies or staff guidelines relating to international travel and koru club membership
• Any policy/guideline/instructions if these exist, for staff extending periods of overseas travel paid for by the entity for personal reasons i.e. visiting relatives/sightseeing
• Overseas travel by members of the executive leadership team (DCE or T2 level) since 2015, including, but not limited to, the reason for travel, costs incurred (flights, taxis, accommodation, expenses etc)
• If the reason for the travel was to attend a meeting or meetings or interviewing for staff can extra information be provided on why other mechanisms were deemed unsuitable i.e. interviewing via Video conferencing for example including an cost benefit analysis they may have been undertaken
• If the travel was for interviewing for staff, why was it deemed necessary to seek personal from overseas i.e. is the skill set so specific that there are very few people who would possess them, why someone from NZ couldn’t be upskilled etc
• In relation to the details above, can you please provide details of any travel period that was extended for personal reasons i.e. for the staff member to visit family/sightseeing etc and what the extra costs were, if any incurred by the entity

Many thanks

Yours faithfully,

Ellen Rhodes

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Dear Ms Rhodes

 

Thank you for your request, received 11 February 2020, for the following
information under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA):

 

…•All policies or staff guidelines relating to international travel and
koru club membership •Any policy/guideline/instructions if these exist,
for staff extending periods of overseas travel paid for by the entity for
personal reasons i.e. visiting relatives/sightseeing •Overseas travel by
members of the executive leadership team (DCE or T2 level) since 2015,
including, but not limited to, the reason for travel, costs incurred
(flights, taxis, accommodation, expenses etc) •If the reason for the
travel was to attend a meeting or meetings or interviewing for staff can
extra information be provided on why other mechanisms were deemed
unsuitable i.e. interviewing via Video conferencing for example including
an cost benefit analysis they may have been undertaken •If the travel was
for interviewing for staff, why was it deemed necessary to seek personal
from overseas i.e. is the skill set so specific that there are very few
people who would possess them, why someone from NZ couldn’t be upskilled
etc •In relation to the details above, can you please provide details of
any travel period that was extended for personal reasons i.e. for the
staff member to visit family/sightseeing etc and what the extra costs
were, if any incurred by the entity

                                                                                                                  

We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and in
any event no later than 10 March 2020, being 20 working days after the day
your request was received by Kâinga Ora in accordance with section 15(1)
of the OIA.

 

If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of
an extension of that timeframe.

 

We may also contact you if further clarification or refinement of your
request is required to enable a decision to be made.

 

Regards

 

 

 

 

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