Communications from RH John Key (Prime Minister) to Renumeration Authority regarding MP Salaries/Perks.
The request was refused by Remuneration Authority.
From: Will Howard
Dear Remuneration Authority,
I would like a copy of all correspondence that the Right Honourable Prime Minister John Key has made to the Renumeration Authority while serving as Prime Minister of the country, and the replies to that communication if available.
From: Info - Remuneration Authority
Dear Mr Howard
Thank you for your email in which you request copies of all correspondence between the Rt Hon John Key (as Prime Minister) and the Authority.
Section 9(1) of the Remuneration Authority Act 1977 requires members and employees of the authority to maintain secrecy of all matters which come into their knowledge when carrying out their functions or duties under that Act; and such matters are not to be communicated to any person except in the discharge of their functions and duties under that Act. Section 18(c)(i) of the Official Information Act 1982 provides that a request for information may be refused where the making available if the information requested would be contrary to the provisions of a specified Act.
I therefore advise that we cannot release any of the correspondence between the Prime Minister and the Authority.