Friday, 3 December 2021
By email: [FYI request #17698 email]
Dear Ms Wallis
Official information request – Closing of 7 regional aerodromes
I refer to your official information request dated 24 November 2021 as set out below:
1. “Can you please provide me with all ‘Official Information’ includes documents and papers but
also information in any format, including drafts, videos, recordings, and photos in regards to
the risk assessments (clarified below) made before the announcement on 09 April 2020 -
Airways reviews air traffic service levels at seven regional aerodromes.
2. I am interested in the risk assessments relating to the basis of this statement "Any changes
would mean aircraft will still be able to fly safely to these locations. This includes freight,
medical flights and future passenger services. The locations currently under review are those
where air traffic had been low even before the outbreak, Airways CEO Graeme Sumner says."
3. I am also requesting information relating to the change in intent behind removing the services
at these airfields as there is a discrepancy between the fore mentioned media release
(summarised: as each airport completes its process Airways will withdraw the air traffic control
services from its towers) to the position of the following media release for Rotorua
(summarised: The goal has been to make sure that there is an evidence-based service in place
at all involved airports)”.
We would like to work with you in order to clarify your request to enable us to respond and in
particular would like to understand the specific information you are requesting in relation to paragraph
Please note that any clarification or subsequent amendment of a request is considered to be a new
request for the purposes of calculating the maximum statutory timeframe for response – see section
15(1AA) of the Official Information Act 1982.
If you could contact me directly in regard to the above that would be much appreciated, my email
address is [email address].
Senior Legal Counsel
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