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Hello Lynn,


I refer to your request for information, responded to below by Council’s Human Resources Services Manager:-


If you wish the response to be reviewed, you can refer the matter to the Office of the Ombudsman, P.O 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]


-----Original Message-----
From: "Lynn Worthington" <[FYI request #15377 email]>
Sent: Wednesday, 5 May 2021 8:44 pm
To: "OIA/LGOIMA requests at Palmerston North City Council" <[Palmerston North City Council request email]>
Subject: Official Information request - Drug & alcohol pathology/testing at Palmerston North City Council

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)?            Yes
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)?                   NZDDA
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?                             Urine/Breath Testing
ii. In what geographic location(s) is the service delivered?             Palmerston North
iii. Is the service provided under contract? If yes:                              Preferred Provider, Council does not have a contract with NZDDA, services are requested on an as required, random basis
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)?  No other

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 https://aus01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ombudsman.parliament.nz%2F&data=04%7C01%7CInfo.Info%40pncc.govt.nz%7C64fae35153064e02a32208d90fa1ff79%7C4b63d63445d2495cbfdc5cb926de35ea%7C0%7C0%7C637558010717108790%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=2FLQxh4a7aVP09IWFbTTdmQvRrn%2FVzJnIDyNJIJ0ZDc%3D&reserved=0.

Yours faithfully,
Lynn Worthington


This is an Official Information request made via the FYI website.

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[FYI request #15377 email]

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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