19 March 2020
By email: [FYI request #12304 email]
Dear Michael Official information request for information on New Zealand School of
Music course offerings
I refer to your requests for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act)
dated 24 February 2020.
Each of your requests, and the University’s response, is set out below.
1. “Regarding the course MUSC 249 (Music in New Zealand Society), the MoE data
shows no registered enrolments for the years 2009 to 2013, 2015, 2017, and
2018, but I want to know whether this was due to lack of demand or the course
not being offered. Can you please clarify whether the course MUSC 249 was
offered in these years? Note that the MoE data was rounded to the nearest 5, so
"0" may have indicated 1-2 enrolments.”
The University’s records indicate that MUSC249 was not offered in 2009, 2010, 2011,
2012, 2013, 2015, or 2017. MUSC249 was offered in 2018 but was cancelled due to low
2. “Is MUSC 249 (Music in New Zealand Society) still being offered? The VUW
course finder only has details for 2016 (see:
As stated above, MUSC249 was last offered in 2018 but was cancelled due to low
enrolments. The course was last taught in 2016.
3. “Regarding MUSC 347 (Topic in New Zealand Music), was this offered in the
year 2015? The VUW course finder information only goes back to 2016.”
The University’s records indicate that MUSC347 was not offered in 2015.
4. “Regarding the course MUSC 151 (Maori Music Performance), was this offered in
the year 2012? It appears this course was re-coded as PERF 151 in 2013.”
MUSC151 was offered in 2012 but was cancelled due to low enrolments. MUSC151 was
deleted and replaced by PERF151 in 2012. PERF151 was first offered in 2013.
If you wish to discuss this decision with us, please feel free to contact me at [VUW request email].
Georgia Tawharu Adviser, Information Access and Copyright