Advice regarding Mill Road as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme.

Nicholas Lee made this Official Information request to Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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From: Nicholas Lee

Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

On 29 January 2020 the Prime Minister announced the $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme, which includes $1.354 billion to build a 21.5km, four-lane road corridor from Manukau to Drury, running parallel to State Highway 1 (Mill Road).

In accordance with s 12 of the Official Information Act 1982, please provide any information, reports or advice considered by the Government, in deciding to fund and build Mill Road, in respect of:

1. The increased greenhouse gas emissions that will result from the construction and operation of Mill Road;
2. How Mill Road will impact New Zealand’s ability to meet the 2050 target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions under s 5Q of the Climate Change Response Act 2002;
3. How Mill Road will impact New Zealand’s ability to meet its international obligations in respect of climate change, including under the Paris Agreement;
4. Whether and how Mill Road will give effect to the Government’s objectives, recorded in the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2018, of:
a) reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport; and
b) increasing mode shift from private vehicle trips to walking, cycling and public transport;
5. Whether and how Mill Road will give effect to the Government’s road safety strategy and plan, Road to Zero, adopted in December 2019; and
6. The views of Auckland Council, including Auckland Council’s declaration of a climate emergency on 11 June 2019.

Please provide this information as soon as possible and in any event within 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Nicholas Lee

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From: Nicholas Lee

Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

Please confirm that you have received this request.

Yours faithfully,

Nicholas Lee

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Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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[UNCLASSIFIED]

 

Kia ora Nicholas

 

Thank you for your Official Information Act request, requesting as
follows:

“On 29 January 2020 the Prime Minister announced the $12 billion New
Zealand Upgrade Programme, which includes $1.354 billion to build a
21.5km, four-lane road corridor from Manukau to Drury, running parallel to
State Highway 1 (Mill Road).

In accordance with s 12 of the Official Information Act 1982, please
provide any information, reports or advice considered by the Government,
in deciding to fund and build Mill Road, in respect of:

1. The increased greenhouse gas emissions that will result from the
construction and operation of Mill Road;

2. How Mill Road will impact New Zealand’s ability to meet the 2050 target
for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions under s 5Q of the Climate
Change Response Act 2002;

3. How Mill Road will impact New Zealand’s ability to meet its
international obligations in respect of climate change, including under
the Paris Agreement;

4. Whether and how Mill Road will give effect to the Government’s
objectives, recorded in the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport
2018, of:

a) reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport; and

b) increasing mode shift from private vehicle trips to walking, cycling
and public transport;

5. Whether and how Mill Road will give effect to the Government’s road
safety strategy and plan, Road to Zero, adopted in December 2019; and

6. The views of Auckland Council, including Auckland Council’s declaration
of a climate emergency on 11 June 2019. We identified today that due to an
IT error, DPMC has not received any emails from the fyi.org.nz website
from November 2020 to date. We apologise for the inconvenience this has
caused and the delay in receiving your request.”

 

As we did not receive the request until today 15 January 2021, we will
consider today the first working day under the Act. We will provide a
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Ngâ mihi

 

Ministerial Coordinator
Ministerial Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
E    [2][DPMC request email]
 
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From: Nicholas Lee

Dear Information [DPMC],

Can you confirm why the initial email on the 8th December was not received?

Yours sincerely,

Nicholas Lee

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Apologies Nicholas, I noticed an error in my message below. I have
corrected this.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

Ministerial Coordinator
Ministerial Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
E    [1][DPMC request email]
 
[2]cid:image002.png@01D43609.296F69C0
 
The information contained in this email message is for the attention of
the intended recipient only and is not necessarily the official view or
communication of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. If you
are not the intended recipient you must not disclose, copy or distribute
this message or the information in it. If you have received this message
in error, please destroy the email and notify the sender immediately.

 

 

From: Information [DPMC] <[DPMC request email]>
Sent: Friday, 15 January 2021 1:29 pm
To: Nicholas Lee <[FOI #14262 email]>
Subject: RE: Official Information request - Advice regarding Mill Road as
part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme.

 

[UNCLASSIFIED]

 

Kia ora Nicholas

 

Thank you for your Official Information Act request, requesting as
follows:

“On 29 January 2020 the Prime Minister announced the $12 billion New
Zealand Upgrade Programme, which includes $1.354 billion to build a
21.5km, four-lane road corridor from Manukau to Drury, running parallel to
State Highway 1 (Mill Road).

In accordance with s 12 of the Official Information Act 1982, please
provide any information, reports or advice considered by the Government,
in deciding to fund and build Mill Road, in respect of:

1. The increased greenhouse gas emissions that will result from the
construction and operation of Mill Road;

2. How Mill Road will impact New Zealand’s ability to meet the 2050 target
for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions under s 5Q of the Climate
Change Response Act 2002;

3. How Mill Road will impact New Zealand’s ability to meet its
international obligations in respect of climate change, including under
the Paris Agreement;

4. Whether and how Mill Road will give effect to the Government’s
objectives, recorded in the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport
2018, of:

a) reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport; and

b) increasing mode shift from private vehicle trips to walking, cycling
and public transport;

5. Whether and how Mill Road will give effect to the Government’s road
safety strategy and plan, Road to Zero, adopted in December 2019; and

6. The views of Auckland Council, including Auckland Council’s declaration
of a climate emergency on 11 June 2019.”

 

We identified today that due to an IT error, DPMC has not received any
emails from the fyi.org.nz website from November 2020 to date. We
apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and the delay in receiving
your request.

 

As we did not receive the request until today 15 January 2021, we will
consider today the first working day under the Act. We will provide a
response in accordance with the Act in due course and will endeavour to
process as quickly as possible. Please note that under the Act, the
working days to respond to requests do not include 25 December through to
15 January, to account for the summer break.  (please see the Office of
the Ombudsman Website for more details -
[3]http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/).

 

DPMC may publish the response to your Official Information Act  request.

 

When you are provided with a response to this request, you will be
informed about whether the response to your OIA request will be published.
If DPMC does publish the response to your OIA request, personal
information, including your name and contact details, will be removed.
This publication process does not apply to extension letters or transfers.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

Ministerial Coordinator
Ministerial Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
E    [4][DPMC request email]
 
[5]cid:image002.png@01D43609.296F69C0
 
The information contained in this email message is for the attention of
the intended recipient only and is not necessarily the official view or
communication of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. If you
are not the intended recipient you must not disclose, copy or distribute
this message or the information in it. If you have received this message
in error, please destroy the email and notify the sender immediately.

 

 

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From: Information [DPMC]
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Good afternoon Nicholas,

I am the Ministerial Advisor handling your official information request.

We identified today that due to an IT error, DPMC has not received any emails from the fyi.org.nz website from November 2020 to date. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and the delay in receiving your request.

Ngā mihi nui,

Tom Turnbull

Ministerial Advisor, Ministerial Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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From: Nicholas Lee

Dear Tom,

Thank you for your response.

The request was sent from the fyi.org.nz website on 8 December 2020 and received by DPMC’s systems on that day. In that context, I do not agree that it was not “received” until 15 January 2021.

In any case, given NZTA’s public indication that it intends to lodge a consent application for the southern section of the project in early 2021, please now treat the request as urgent, and provide the information sought within 10 working days, i.e. by Tuesday 2 February 2021.

I note that the request is relatively confined, and that any relevant information the Government relied upon in making the decision to fund the Mill Road project ought to be readily identifiable. Providing the information by 2 February 2021 should therefore be straightforward.

PS: Please confirm you have received this email.

Yours sincerely,

Nicholas Lee

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From: Nicholas Lee

Dear Information [DPMC],

Please confirm you have received my updated request.

Yours sincerely,

Nicholas Lee

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From: Information [DPMC]
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

[UNCLASSIFIED]

Kia ora Nicholas,

This email is to confirm that DPMC has received your correspondence from Monday evening.

Regards,

Tom

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