SMS txt messages to/from RNZ Comms relating to RNZ Concert and youth radio

Gareth Watkins made this Official Information request to Radio New Zealand Limited

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From: Gareth Watkins

Dear Radio New Zealand Limited,

As you will be aware SMS txt messages are records under the Public Records Act 2005 and also come under the Official information Act. To quote Archives NZ "If an organisation uses text messaging ...these communications are considered records under the Public Records Act 2005. As such, they must be managed accordingly."
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I request all SMS txt messages sent and received from John Barr relating to RNZ Concert and/or the establishment of a new RNZ youth radio station.

Mr Barr is referred to in media stories as "RNZ spokesman", and in earlier RNZ press releases as "RNZ Communications". The number that is given publicly for this role is 027 246 4459 (e.g. https://www.rnz.co.nz/media/123), but this may not be the only number associated with Mr Barr's RNZ work.

My request is for those messages sent or received from Monday 3 February to Friday 14 February 2020 (inclusive), from or to John Barr in his RNZ capacity (e.g. as someone who has been engaged by RNZ to undertake work)

For each SMS txt please include the full message, and meta data: the sent/received date and time, the last four digits of the phone number the message originated from and the last four digits of the phone number the message was sent to.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Watkins

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From: Maggie Hedge

Good morning

Your formal OIA request has been received by Radio New Zealand. Under the Official Information Act 1982, we have 20 working days in which to respond to you and I expect we will have our reply posted/emailed to your address within that time. If for some reason, such as leave commitments or sickness, we are unable to respond to you within 20 working days, there is a further provision for an extension of time and I will write to you again if it becomes necessary to extend the time taken.

Yours sincerely,

Maggie Hedge | Assistant Inquiries Coordinator
RADIO NEW ZEALAND | LEVEL 2 | 155 THE TERRACE PO BOX 123 | WELLINGTON | NEW ZEALAND 6140 | www.rnz.co.nz DDI +64 4 474 1776

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From: Gareth Watkins

Dear RNZ,

This OIA request is now long overdue (by law you should have replied within 20-working days).

Yours sincerely,

Gareth Watkins

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From: Maggie Hedge


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Good morning Gareth
Further to your emails this morning I refer you to the link below for the
RNZ response which was sent to all OIA requests on 12 May
[1]https://www.rnz.co.nz/about/documents
Also  the texts between Bill Francis and Willy, see:

 

[2]https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/cms_uploads...

 

[3][IMG] [4]RNZ : Corporate Publications
Corporate Publications RNZ Music OIA Related Documents (12 May
2020) Timeline. Emails, texts and correspondence. Ministerial
meeting notes 200129 Emails from Paul Thompson to Min and MCH
Letter from Paul Thompson to Bernadette Cavanagh 190529 Paul
Thompson to Colin Holden PT stakeholder update 200205 PT to
Martin Durant 200128
www.rnz.co.nz

Kind regards

Maggie Hedge| Contracts
RNZ | Level 2, 155 The Terrace | PO Box 123 | Wellington | New Zealand 
DDI +64 4 474 1776 

 

[5]www.rnz.co.nz 

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From: Gareth Watkins <[FYI request #12243 email]>
Sent: Thursday, 28 May 2020 8:52 AM
To: Maggie Hedge <[email address]>
Subject: Re: FW: Official Information request - SMS txt messages to/from
RNZ Comms relating to RNZ Concert and youth radio
 
Dear RNZ,

This OIA request is now long overdue (by law you should have replied
within 20-working days).

Yours sincerely,

Gareth Watkins

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From: Gareth Watkins

Dear RNZ,

Can you please list the specific URLs where I can find the pieces of information I have requested in my OIAs, as I can't seem to find them easily via the general link you supplied (for example, where is the Music Review document, all txts (sent/received) from John Barr, Jim Mather, all txts from Paul Thomson - did he really only communicate with Willy over that period?? etc)

I don't particularly want to send this to the Ombudsman, but if this is RNZ's final response I will lodge a complaint.

Yours sincerely,

Gareth Watkins

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From: George Bignell


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Dear Mr Watkins

 

I must apologise for the oversight in not releasing relevant emails from
John Barr when the second tranche of documents was released on May 12.

 

Please find attached the file of the relevant texts you sought.

 

As we are required to do, this message is to also advise you that our
response to your request can be referred to the Ombudsman’s Office for
review under s 28 (3) of the Official Information Act if you wish.

 

Kind regards

 

George Bignell| OIA Inquiries Coordinator

RADIO NEW ZEALAND | LEVEL 2 | 155 THE TERRACE

PO BOX 123 | WELLINGTON | NEW ZEALAND 6140 | [1]www.rnz.co.nz

DDI +64 4 474 1424 | [mobile number]

 

 

 

 

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