[FYI request #16845 email]
Tēnā koe T Barnett
Thank you for your email of 22 September and subsequent clarification email of 10 October
to the Ministry of Education requesting the following information:
• A copy of any current Ministry-approved lease agreements for Te Puke Primary,
specifically about after school programs, and any documents that were provided in
support of the current leases.
Your request has been considered under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act).
We have made enquiries with the relevant Business Units and have determined that the
information you have requested is not held by the Ministry.
The Ministry only holds records in relation to agreements that are consented by the
Secretary for Education. Not every occupancy agreement requires the Secretary’s consent.
School boards can prepare and enter casual use agreements without Ministry involvement,
and the Ministry does not usually receive copies of casual use agreements unless
The main difference between a casual use agreement and a Ministry consented occupancy
agreement is that the Ministry consented agreements give stronger occupancy rights to third
party occupants. You can read more about leasing and hiring school property here:
Lease agreements and application process – Education in New Zealand
We have contacted Te Puke Primary and confirmed that they have the information that you
are requesting. I have therefore transferred your request to Te Puke Primary in accordance
with section 14(b)(i).
You may expect a response from Te Puke Primary directly concerning your request.
Thank you again for your email. You have the right to ask an Ombudsman to review this
decision. You can do this by writing to [email address]
or Office of the
Ombudsman, PO Box 10152, Wellington 6143.
Nāku noa, nā
Manager, Official and Parliamentary Information
Government, Executive and Ministerial Services
National Office, Mātauranga House, 33 Bowen Street, Wellington 6011
PO Box 1666, Wellington 6140. Phone: +64 4 463 8000 Fax: +64 4 463 8001