Drug & alcohol pathology/testing at Palmerston North City Council

Lynn Worthington made this Official Information request to Palmerston North City Council

The request was successful.

From: Lynn Worthington

Dear Palmerston North City Council,

Please supply the following information under the [Official Information Act (OIA) / Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA)]:
1. Does the organisation carry out drugs and alcohol testing (among employees or other persons)?
2. If drug and alcohol testing does take place at the organisation:
a. Who currently provides the testing service i.e., name of service provider(s)?
b. For each (named) service provider:
i. What is the nature of the drug & alcohol testing service delivered e.g., saliva, urine, breath and alcohol and synthetic cannabinoids?
ii. In what geographic location(s) is the service delivered?
iii. Is the service provided under contract? If yes:
1. How many contracts does the provider have with your organisation?
2. What is the term of that/those contract(s)?
3. What is the dollar value of that/those contract(s)?
4. Are there options for renewing that/those contract(s)?
c. What organisation(s)/company(ies) previously conducted drug and alcohol testing for your organisation (repeat all of ‘b’ for previous service providers)?
If you need any more information from me, please let me know as soon as possible.
I understand that a decision on a request for information under the [OIA/LGOIMA] should be made within 20 working days of receiving that request.
If you do not normally deal with official information requests, or you need advice on dealing with this request, guidance is available from the Ombudsman at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz.

Yours faithfully,
Lynn Worthington

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From: Info Queue
Palmerston North City Council

Thank you for your email. We will respond as soon as possible.

Palmerston North City Council
Customer Services
06 356 8199

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From: Merle Lavin
Palmerston North City Council

Hi Lynn,


Council refers to your request made under the Local Government Official
Information and Meetings Act 1987. Your request for information was
received by Council on  6/5/2021.


Under Section 13 of the above Act, Council is required, as soon as
reasonably practical, and in no case later than 20 working days after the
date of which the request is received to:


(a)      Decide whether the request is to be granted and, if it is to be
granted, in what manner and for what charge (if any); and


(b)      Give or post to the person who made the request notice of the
decision on the request.


For your request, the 20 working days period has been calculated as being
no later than  3/6/2021. 


Please note that Council is permitted to make a reasonable charge for the
cost of labour and materials involved in making the information available,
and for any costs incurred pursuant to a request to make the information
available urgently. If a charge is to be imposed, you will be advised
before your request is processed. 


Please also note that if Council declines your request in whole or part,
or if a charge is imposed for the supply of information, you have the
right to have the Council’s decision reviewed by the Office of the
Ombudsman.  The Office of the Ombudsman can be contacted at:


The Office of the Ombudsman

PO Box 10-152

The Terrace

Wellington 6143





Merle Lavin


on behalf of :

Desiree Harvey
Legal Counsel
Kaitohutohu Ture
Palmerston North City Council



From: PN City Council <[email address]>
Sent: Wednesday, 5 May 2021 8:46 pm
To: Merle Lavin <[email address]>
Subject: FW: Official Information request - Drug & alcohol
pathology/testing at Palmerston North City Council [#982F5G]


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From: Lynn Worthington

Dear Merle Lavin,

Please advise when I should expect to receive a response to my OIA as it is now overdue?

Yours sincerely,

Lynn Worthington

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From: Merle Lavin
Palmerston North City Council

Hello, I'm out of the office back Thur 17 June 

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From: Merle Lavin
Palmerston North City Council

Attachment LGOIMA request Drug alcohol pathology testing at Palmerston North City Council 982F5G.html
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Hi Lynn,

The attached email is the response to your information request I sent to you on 7/5/21.


Merle Lavin
Democracy & Governance Support Officer

Palmerston North City Council
Te Marae o Hine − 32 The Square
Private Bag 11034, Palmerston North 4442

06 356 8199


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