Types of employees covered by the Wage Subsidy Scheme at Council Controlled Organisations: Zealandia & Wellington Zoo

Ms Reynolds made this Official Information request to Wellington City Council

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From: Ms Reynolds

Dear Wellington City Council,

I am interested in which sorts of employees were included in Zealandia/Karori Sanctuary Trust’s wage subsidy scheme application.

I am requesting the following information under the OIA/LGOIMA:

A list of all staff who received the wage subsidy including:
Position (e.g. manager, senior leadership team member)
Area of business (e.g. education, cafe, visitor centre)
Salary (e.g. $50,000 per annum)
Duration of employment prior to 16 March 2020 (e.g. 6 months; please include detail if employee has held different contracts at different times)
Average hours of employment prior to 16 March 2020 (e.g. 30 hour per week)
Employment contract type(s) (e.g. fixed term, part time. If fixed term, ending date of contract that was active 16 March)
Wage subsidy amount applied for (full time or part time)
Date wage subsidy applied for this staff member

A list of all staff (who were employed as of 16 March 2020) who did not receive the wage subsidy including:
Position (e.g. manager, senior leadership team member)
Area of business (e.g. education, cafe, visitor centre)
Salary (e.g. $20 per hour)
Duration of employment prior to 16 March 2020 (e.g. 6 months, 3 days; please include detail if employee has held different contracts at different times)
Average hours of employment prior to 16 March 2020 (e.g. 30 hour per week)
Employment contract type(s) (e.g. fixed term, part time, casual. If fixed term, ending date of contract(s) that was active as of 16 March)

I am also interested in similar information regarding Wellington Zoo employees.

I request: the number of employees who did not recieve the wage subsidy and (if any) what sorts of employment contracts these staff were on (e.g. casual, fixed term), salary, average hours of employment prior to 16 March 2020, length of employment prior to 16 March 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Ms Reynolds

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From: Ms Reynolds

Dear Wellington City Council,

A minor clarification relating to this request, in the interest of avoiding any doubt or confusion: I do not require names of specific employees.

Yours faithfully,

Ms Reynolds

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From: BUS: Assurance
Wellington City Council

Tēnā koe Ms Reynolds

Thank you for your email dated 27 May 2020 requesting information about the wage subsidy scheme application for Karori Sanctuary Trust’s and the Wellington Zoo.

Our team will manage your request under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 which requires us to respond as soon as possible, but no later than 25 June 2020.

The reference number for your request is IRO-10039.

Please be aware that under Covid-19 Alert Level 2 many teams are still working remotely or working under different conditions, this may have an impact on the resources we have available to us, as a result this may mean that your request takes a little longer than usual. We will keep you informed of any delays and the reason for these should they affect your request.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Kind regards

Jessica Hall
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From: Ian Hunter
Wellington City Council


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Dear Ms. Reynolds,

 

Further to your email to the Council received  on 27 May 2020 in which you
requested information regarding wage subsidy information I can now provide
you with that information.

 

With respect to part one of your request; for information relating to
Zealandia, please find this information attached above.

 

With respect to part two of your request; information relating to staff at
the Wellington Zoo that did NOT receive the wage subsidy, this information
is provided below.

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Employee No:|Start Date|Employment|Salary Band|Average Hours |Length of |
| | | Type | | Per Week | Service |
|------------+----------+----------+-----------+--------------+----------|
|One |09/04/2019|Casual |Living Wage|22.46 |1 Year & |
| | | | | |11 Months |
|------------+----------+----------+-----------+--------------+----------|
|Two |05/02/2019|Casual |Living Wage|17.07 |1 Year & 1|
| | | | | |Month |
|------------+----------+----------+-----------+--------------+----------|
|Three |28/01/2019|Permanent,|$50,000 - |40 |1 Year & 1|
| | |Full Time |$70,000 | |Month |
|------------+----------+----------+-----------+--------------+----------|
|Four |08/04/2019|Permanent,|$70,000 - |40 |11 Months |
| | |Full Time |$90,000 | | |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

Please Note: Employees Three & Four were working out a notice period.

 

Please contact me if you have any further questions.

 

Kind regards,

Ian

 

Ian Hunter

Assurance Advisor, Complaints and Information Assurance, Governance and
Assurance Directorate, Wellington City Council.

 

 

From: Ms Reynolds [mailto:[FOI #12908 email]]
Sent: Wednesday, 27 May 2020 9:15 PM
To: BUS: Assurance
Subject: Official Information request - Types of employees covered by the
Wage Subsidy Scheme at Council Controlled Organisations: Zealandia &
Wellington Zoo

 

Dear Wellington City Council,

 

I am interested in which sorts of employees were included in
Zealandia/Karori Sanctuary Trust’s wage subsidy scheme application.

 

I am requesting the following information under the OIA/LGOIMA:

 

A list of all staff who received the wage subsidy including:

Position (e.g. manager, senior leadership team member)

Area of business (e.g. education, cafe, visitor centre)

Salary (e.g. $50,000 per annum)

Duration of employment prior to 16 March 2020 (e.g. 6 months; please
include detail if employee has held different contracts at different
times)

Average hours of employment prior to 16 March 2020 (e.g. 30 hour per week)

Employment contract type(s) (e.g. fixed term, part time. If fixed term,
ending date of contract that was active 16 March)

Wage subsidy amount applied for (full time or part time)

Date wage subsidy applied for this staff member

 

A list of all staff (who were employed as of 16 March 2020) who did not
receive the wage subsidy including:

Position (e.g. manager, senior leadership team member)

Area of business (e.g. education, cafe, visitor centre)

Salary (e.g. $20 per hour)

Duration of employment prior to 16 March 2020 (e.g. 6 months, 3 days;
please include detail if employee has held different contracts at
different times)

Average hours of employment prior to 16 March 2020 (e.g. 30 hour per week)

Employment contract type(s) (e.g. fixed term, part time, casual. If fixed
term, ending date of contract(s) that was active as of 16 March)

 

I am also interested in similar information regarding Wellington Zoo
employees.

 

I request: the number of employees who did not recieve the wage subsidy
and (if any) what sorts of employment contracts these staff were on (e.g.
casual, fixed term), salary, average hours of employment prior to 16 March
2020, length of employment prior to 16 March 2020.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Ms Reynolds

 

 

Ian Hunter
Assurance Advisor | Complaints and Information Assurance | Governance and
Assurance Directorate | Wellington City Council
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From: Ms Reynolds

Dear Ian Hunter,

Thank you very much for your reply and for providing this information. I appreciate your time in replying to this.

Wellington Zoo has provided the requested information, thank you.

Thank you for providing some of the information requested regarding Zealandia. The information, however, falls short of what had been requested.

The date wage subsidy was applied for each employee is missing entirely from the response. This is something I was particularly interested in.

In addition, employees "paid for the fortnight ending the 21 March" is not the same as "employed as of 16 March". For example, it is not clear how many employees who usually worked may have been on holiday during that fortnight.

I would expect that if the information could not be provided in the format requested, that someone would reach out to clarify this request in advance of responding.

Wellington Zoo has been able to release all of the information requested.

Given the information was very similar, it is unclear why Zealandia feels that the same information cannot be released due to 7(2)(a).

Please provide all of the information requested regarding Zealandia, as the Zoo has done. If deemed necessary, the "area of business" and "position" could be removed, given this was not requested from the Zoo and arguably holds more possibility of being identifiable that the other information. 

It is not clear how any of the other information requested could be linked to individual, identifiable persons. Therefore, section 7(2)(a) does not apply.

Please contact me as soon as possible with the expected release date (which I would like to be as soon as possible), or to advise that this information still will not be released. In which case, I will refer this decision to the Ombudsman.

Thank you very much. I look forward to your response.

Ms Reynolds

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