Followup regarding unconscious bias

Michael Brown made this Official Information request to New Zealand Transport Agency

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From: Michael Brown

Dear New Zealand Transport Agency,

Thank you for your prompt reply to previous OIA request ( I have a followup question.

Given that the agency has not conducted staff unconscious-bias tests relating to different transport modes, how does NZTA ensure that staff do not have this form of unconscious bias and that this is not affecting NZTA decisions?

My queries are presented in the contemporary context of NZ needing to transition to a different balance of transport modes due to population growth and requirements to reduce carbon emissions. Such a transition is heightening conflicting needs across the transport sector, necessitating more scrutiny of NZTA decisions. Ensuring that NZTA staff do not harbour unconscious bias in their decision-making is one way to demonstrate transparency and identify issues.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Brown

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