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PWC audit of UFBA

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From: Mark MacDonald

Dear Fire and Emergency New Zealand,

1. Please provide the 2021 PWC audit of the funding provided to the UFBA.

2. Please provide all communications around commissioning this audit.

3. Please provide all information around PWC's advice about the appropriateness of the appointments of the Chair and Chief Executive of the UFBA as directors of Tangata Matatau Ltd.

4. Please provide all communications around the 2020 UFBA investigation into the UFBA CEO.

Yours faithfully,

Mark MacDonald

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Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Dear Mark MacDonald  
I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your information request, dated 26
August 2022.   

In accordance with section 15 of the Official Information Act 1982 we will
try to respond to your request as soon as possible and in any event no
later than 20 working days after the day your request was received. If we
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Official Information Team

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Kia ora

 

Please find enclosed a response to your request.

 

As noted in our response letter we are seeking clarification on question 4
of your request:

 

“Please provide all communications around the 2020 UFBA investigation into
the UFBA CEO”

 

All communications to do with the UFBA investigation into the UFBA CEO
when searched for currently captures a large amount of information. In
order to respond to you as soon as possible, can you please consider
providing a more refined request and clarification for what exactly you
are requesting. If there is a more specific time period your request
covers, certain individuals or a type of communication, can you please
provide this information.

 

A response as soon as possible would be appreciated so we can move forward
with this part of your request.

 

Thanks

 

Information Requests Team

 

National Headquarters, Level 12, 80 The Terrace

PO Box 2133, Wellington 6140

 

 

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From: Mark MacDonald

Dear Official Information Requests,

With respect to point 3, I ask you to reconsider your refusal reason as it does not appear to be appropriate. I asked for “all information”, yet you appear to have attempted the recharacterise the wording of my request to “formal advice”. This is not what I asked. Obviously, official information includes information that is known to an agency but may not be written down. This information is clearly known to FENZ, clearly exists (and can be found), and is clearly official information as it was provided to FENZ by PWC, at FENZ’s request, and is discussed by FENZ with the FENZ board with some of this information minuted in the FENZ board minutes. Where a public organisation like FENZ engages a professional accounting company to answer a question, that is clearly official information – whether it's in a terms of reference or not.

In regard to point 4, please provide me all information from August and September 2020.

Yours sincerely,

Mark MacDonald

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