Essential services re: alcohol in licensing trust areas

Nick Smale made this Official Information request to Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

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From: Nick Smale

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,

During the recent period of COVID-19 level 4 restrictions, MBIE published a definition of 'essential services' which determined which businesses were allowed to operate. The definition of 'essential services' for alcohol gave special consideration for areas with licensing trust monopolies. The definition was amended a number of times during the lock-down period.

Could you please provide me with the following information:
All correspondence - including but not limited to emails, letters, meeting notes and reports - relating to the definition of essential services for alcohol in areas where licensing trusts hold a monopoly, sent or received during the period 21 March 2020 to 12 April 2020.

Pursuant to section 16 of the OIA, my preferred method of receiving this information is as electronic attachments to an email sent to the address from which the Ministry received this request. Also pursuant to section 16 of the OIA I request that the attachments are provided in the original file format in which they were created, and not as image-only (rasterised) PDF documents, and that they are not watermarked with ‘Released under the OIA’ or similar text, as the law does not require the Ministry to do this.

Under section 19(a)(ii), if the Ministry decides to withhold any of the requested information I have requested, I further request that it provides me with the grounds in support of any reasons for withholding that it has asserted. I also ask that it list each of the public interest factors favouring disclosure that it has considered when making its decision.

I look forward to hearing from the Ministry as soon as reasonably practicable.

Yours faithfully,

Nick Smale

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ref: 1920-1675

 

Dear Nick,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 28 May 2020 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

Could you please provide me with the following information:

All correspondence - including but not limited to emails, letters, meeting
notes and reports - relating to the definition of essential services for
alcohol in areas where licensing trusts hold a monopoly, sent or received
during the period 21 March 2020 to 12 April 2020.

 

Your request is being processed in accordance with the Act and a response
will be sent to you in due course.

 

Please note, due to ongoing COVID-19 response work, requests are currently
being triaged and those relating to Covid-19 processed as a priority.
Remaining requests are being assessed as per the Ombudsman’s guidance
(which can be found here:
[1]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/news/chief-ombudsmans-statement-official-information-response-times-during-covid-19-emergency)
and processed accordingly.

 

If you have any enquiries regarding your request, or its urgency, feel
free to contact us via email at [2][MBIE request email].

 

Nâku noa, nâ

MINISTERIAL SERVICES

 

Corporate, Governance and Information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Level 4, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

NZBN 9429000106078

 

 

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Ref: DOIA 1920-1675

 

Nick Smale

Email: [1][FOI #12912 email]

 

Dear Nick Smale

Thank you for your email of 28 May 2020 to the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment (MBIE) requesting the following information
under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act):

During the recent period of COVID-19 level 4 restrictions, MBIE published
a definition of 'essential services' which determined which businesses
were allowed to operate. The definition of 'essential services' for
alcohol gave special consideration for areas with licensing trust
monopolies. The definition was amended a number of times during the
lock-down period.

 

Could you please provide me with the following information:

 

All correspondence - including but not limited to emails, letters, meeting
notes and reports - relating to the definition of essential services for
alcohol in areas where licensing trusts hold a monopoly, sent or received
during the period 21 March 2020 to 12 April 2020.

While MBIE will provide you a response, we need to extend the time
available to answer your request.

MBIE’s response will be with you no later than 7 August 2020. However, we
will endeavour to respond to you sooner.

The reason for the extension is that the consultations necessary to make a
decision on the request are such that a proper response to the request
cannot be made within the original time limit.

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of
our decision to extend your request. Information about how to make a
complaint is available at: [2]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone:
0800 802 602.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Ministerial Writing

Engagement, Communications and Ministerial Services (ECoMS)

Corporate, Governance and Information (CGI)

Hîkina Whakatutuki

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