Legal advice to Schools

Liam Stoneley made this Official Information request to Ministry of Education

The request was refused by Ministry of Education.

From: Liam Stoneley

Dear Ministry of Education,

This is a request for information, made under ss 4 and 5 of the Official Information Act 1982 (“the Act”). I therefore would like the following information;

1. The legal advice drafted and referred to in the below article; and
2. Any other relevant documents or reports regarding legal advice to Schools.
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Please CONFIRM receipt of this email to prevent unnecessary follow-up emails and extensions being requested.
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As required by s12(1) of the Act, I am a New Zealand citizen. I will provide confirmation of this, if required. However, since all of our correspondence will be published on the FYI.org.nz site, I will only do so over the phone or email, with which you provide. This would only be for the purpose of citizenship confirmation, and nothing further related to this request.

As required by s12(3) of the Act, I shall provide reason(s) why this request should be treated as URGENT. The questions above raise important issues of accountability of the Government, its departments and agents. Any and all information provided as a result of this request could and may be published either by the writer online to a wide audience or passed onto media outlets for publication so that the public can be kept informed on important issues of transparency.

As required by s13(c) of the Act, if this request “has not been made … to the appropriate department or Minister of the Crown or organisation or local authority”, it is your duty to give reasonable assistance to me to direct my request to the appropriate department or Minister of the Crown or organisation or local authority.

Further to the above statutory requirement, under s14 of the Act, if the information I seek is either not held or you believe it is more closely connected with another department or Minister of the Crown or organisation, or of a local authority you shall promptly, and in any case not later than 10 working days after the day on which the request is received, transfer the request to the other department or Minister of the Crown or organisation, or to that local authority, AND inform me accordingly.

As required under s15A of the Act, if you believe that a time extension is warranted for this request, you must under ss15A(2),(3) and (4) give notice to me of this extension within 20 working days after the day on which my request was received. In that notice, you should state; the period of the extension, give reasons for the extension and remind me of my right to complain to the Ombudsman under s28(3). Finally, the extension must be for a reasonable time, having regards to the circumstances.

As required by s18B of the Act, you must consider consulting me before refusing my request under the provisions of ss18(e) and (f) which relate to a document not being able to be found or existing or where substantial collation and research would be required for my current request.

As required by s19(a)(i), you must provide reasons if you refuse any parts of this request.

I will, if required, complain to the Ombudsman, as is my right under s28(3) of the Act, if any of the above statutory requirements on you are not complied with. Further to this, if your reply is not “as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any case not later than 20 working days after the day on which the request is received” as required under s15(1) of the Act, I will also complain to the Ombudsman.

This request is made through the site FYI.org.nz. All correspondence will be automatically forwarded to me through the site and published online immediately. I require, where appropriate, all electronic copies of all documents in your response. For more information on how the site works, please visit www.fyi.org.nz/help/about.

Yours faithfully,

Liam Stoneley

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From: Enquiries National

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We will respond to your email as soon as possible.

Ngā mihi, nā

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From: Enquiries National

Dear Liam Stoneley

Thank you for your request for information below. The Ministry will consider and respond to your request in accordance with the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act).

The Act allows up to 20 working days for a response, making 17 August 2015 the latest date for our response to you. If more than 20 working days are needed due to the potential workload involved in answering your request, we will notify you accordingly.

In the interim, if you have any questions about your request, please email [email address].

Thanks

Enquiries National Team | Ministry of Education ^TW
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Email [Ministry of Education request email]| http://www.minedu.govt.nz

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear Enquiries National,

By law, you must reply by today. Please give this your URGENT attention.

Yours sincerely,

Liam Stoneley

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Please note the attached letter extending the time limit of your Official
Information Act request.

 

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Enquiries National Team | Ministry of Education ^MC
45-47 Pipitea St, Wellington
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Please note the attached response to your Official Information Act request.

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Enquiries National Team | Ministry of Education ^MC
45-47 Pipitea St, Wellington
education.govt.nz  |  Follow us on Twitter: @mineducationnz

DISCLAIMER:
This email (including any attachments) may contain information which is
confidential or legally privileged and may not reflect the Ministry of
Education's view. The Ministry is not responsible for changes made to this email
after we've sent it. If you have received this email by mistake, please reply to
the Ministry immediately and delete both messages.

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