Aarhus Convention

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From: Andrew Ecclestone

Dear Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

This is a request under the Official Information Act 1982. Please provide me with the following information:

1. Copies of any and all assessments MFAT has undertaken on whether NZ should become a party to the Aarhus Convention (the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters).

2. All information and/or advice, including meeting notes, that MFAT has provided to (i) officials internally and (ii) the government in the last 4 years (including any Minister in the current or previous governments and the staff of any ministerial office) on the Aarhus Convention.

3. Any and all assessments, estimates, or advice MFAT holds about any activities NZ would have to undertake in order to fulfil its obligations as a party to the Convention.

4. Whether MFAT consulted with any other government department or agency or officer of parliament in undertaking any activities of the kind referred to in (1), (2) and (3) above.

5. All information held by MFAT that was generated or received by it in the course of any consultations with third parties about any matter related to acceding to or being a party to the Aarhus Convention.

6. Whether MFAT or its Ministers have been asked by any current or former Ministers to undertake an assessment of the issues involved in becoming a party to the Aarhus Convention, and if so, copies of the correspondence.

If MFAT refuses any part of this request, or withholds any information from disclosure, I separately request under section 19(a)(ii) of the OIA that MFAT specify in its response to me the grounds in support of its reasons for withholding the relevant information.

If any part of this request is unclear, please contact me by responding to the email address from which this request was received.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Ecclestone

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From: ENQUIRIES
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

[UNCLASSIFIED]

 

Thank you for your email.

 

We advise that New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to
the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and travel restrictions.
This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations
except Australia and the Cook Islands. See the [1]SafeTravel website for
more information, including advice for those who are staying put and steps
you should take if you still want to try to return home. We encourage all
New Zealanders overseas to register their details with SafeTravel for
important updates.

 

New Zealanders seeking consular assistance overseas can contact their
nearest New Zealand Embassy or Consulate. Contact details are listed in
each country page on the SafeTravel website. For urgent consular
assistance after-hours, please contact +64 99 20 20 20 (monitored 24
hours).

For enquiries regarding:

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For all other enquiries, you will receive a response in due course.  

 

Kind regards,

 

 

MFAT ENQUIRIES

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatû Aorere

195 Lambton Quay, Private Bag 18901
Wellington 6160

New Zealand

[14]www.mfat.govt.nz | [15]www.safetravel.govt.nz

 

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

[UNCLASSIFIED]

 

Kia ora Andrew Ecclestone,

 

Thank you for your OIA request received on 12 August 2021 for:

 

1. Copies of any and all assessments MFAT has undertaken on whether NZ
should become a party to the Aarhus Convention (the UNECE Convention on
Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access
to Justice in Environmental Matters).

 

2. All information and/or advice, including meeting notes, that MFAT has
provided to (i) officials internally and (ii) the government in the last 4
years (including any Minister in the current or previous governments and
the staff of any ministerial office) on the Aarhus Convention.

 

3. Any and all assessments, estimates, or advice MFAT holds about any
activities NZ would have to undertake in order to fulfil its obligations
as a party to the Convention.

 

4. Whether MFAT consulted with any other government department or agency
or officer of parliament in undertaking any activities of the kind
referred to in (1), (2) and (3) above.

 

5. All information held by MFAT that was generated or received by it in
the course of any consultations with third parties about any matter
related to acceding to or being a party to the Aarhus Convention.

 

6. Whether MFAT or its Ministers have been asked by any current or former
Ministers to undertake an assessment of the issues involved in becoming a
party to the Aarhus Convention, and if so, copies of the correspondence.

 

This email confirms receipt of your request and advises that we will
respond to it as soon as reasonably practicable, and in terms of the
timeframes and requirements of the OIA.

 

Please note that our response letter to you (with your personal details
redacted), and any enclosed documents, may be published on the Ministry’s
website.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

Executive Services Division

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatû Aorere

 

 

 

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Tēnā koe Andrew Ecclestone

 

I am writing concerning your Official Information Act request below, to
advise that responding to your request as currently framed would require
review of a significant amount of information to locate information
potentially in scope. This is because material from pre-1998 to 2013 is
held in hard copy archival material, and is likely not be centrally
collated or indexed in a manner that would allow us to readily locate the
information. As such, it is likely that your request will be refused under
section 18(f) of the OIA, as it would require substantial collation and
research. Additionally, we are unable to access archive material during
Level 3 or 4 Lockdown.  

 

Accordingly, I am seeking your agreement to refine your request to be for:

 

1. Copies of any and all assessments MFAT has undertaken on whether NZ
should become a party to the Aarhus Convention (the UNECE Convention on
Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access
to Justice in Environmental Matters from 2013 to present.

 

2. All information and/or advice, including meeting notes, that MFAT has
provided to (i) officials internally and (ii) the government in the last 4
years (including any Minister in the current or previous governments and
the staff of any ministerial office) on the Aarhus Convention.

 

3. Any and all assessments, estimates, or advice MFAT holds about any
activities NZ would have to undertake in order to fulfil its obligations
as a party to the Convention from 2013 to present.

 

4. Whether MFAT consulted with any other government department or agency
or officer of parliament in undertaking any activities of the kind
referred to in (1), (2) and (3) above.

 

5. All information held by MFAT that was generated or received by it in
the course of any consultations with third parties about any matter
related to acceding to or being a party to the Aarhus Convention from 2013
to present.

 

6. Whether MFAT or its Ministers have been asked by any current or former
Ministers to undertake an assessment of the issues involved in becoming a
party to the Aarhus Convention, and if so, copies of the correspondence,
from 2013 to present.

 

Please confirm if you are happy to proceed with the refined request above,
by 30 August 2021. If we do not hear from you, we will proceed with your
original request.

 

Ngā mihi

 

Executive Services Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatū Aorere

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195 Lambton Quay, Private Bag 18901, Wellington 5045, New Zealand

[1]www.mfat.govt.nz | [2]www.safetravel.govt.nz

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From: Andrew Ecclestone

Tēnā koe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

Thanks for your message about limiting the scope of my request to material from 2013 to present.

I agree to the limitations proposed, and look forward to receiving the Ministry's substantive response.

Ngā mihi,

Andrew Ecclestone

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