25 June 2021
J Bruning By email:
[FYI request #15610 email]
Dear J Bruning Official information request: CIBR funding
Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (“Act”) received on 31
May 2021 as follows: “Please can ESR provide information regarding:
1. Annual funding provided to ESR to fund the Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research
(CIBR) for the years 2017-2021 (recognising CIBR is virtual and that monies may be
distributed between allied institutes).
2. CIBR budgets/annual reporting including details (as an itemized list of projects, including
budget for each project) of all research and/or monitoring projects.
3. Information held with ESR or CIBR regarding: (a) Reports relating to regional emissions
monitoring of trace elements/legacy chemicals/contaminants of emerging concern in
biosolids released to land, or in influent wastewater(b) Analytical reports relating to the
toxicity and environmental and human health risk of trace elements/legacy
chemicals/contaminants of emerging concern and their metabolites in post-treatment
(influent) waste-water and biosolids/biowaste/sewage sludge released to the environment.
(c) Reports concerning the environmental fate and/or persistence of present chemical
compounds and their metabolites in post-treatment waste-water and
biosolids/biowaste/sewage sludge/influent wastewater released to the environment.
(d) Analysis, reporting, discussion or policy advice relating to policy development, regulation
and best practice treatment and extraction technologies in high income nation states.
4. Emails, correspondence, advice concerning the funding or withdrawal of funding of CIBR,
between (a) ESR staff; - and (b) Emails, correspondence, advice between ESR staff and
external Ministries or authorities concerning the funding of CIBR.”
The Act requires that we advise you of our decision on your request no later than 29 June
2021, being 20 working days after the date we received your request. Unfortunately, it will
not be possible for us to meet this time limit and we are therefore writing to notify you of an
extension of the time to make our decision to 6 July 2021.
This extension is necessary because your request necessitates a search through a large
quantity of information and meeting the original time limit would unreasonably interfere with
You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision.
Information about how to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz
or freephone 0800 802 602.
Libby Harrison Joint General Manager Health and Environment Group - Environment