Minister Barry's position on Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

K.I. Davis made this Official Information request to Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage

The request was successful.

From: K.I. Davis

Dear Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage,

I am trying to understand and learn more about your position on Nga Taonga Sound and Vision's significant restructuring plan which is currently underway. I would like to learn whether you have had in depth knowledge of the situation and whether you support or have concerns over the current situation.

Nga Taonga - the national audio visual archive - is a private charitable trust that is largely funded by the taxpayer through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. One of your portfolios is Arts, Culture and Heritage - and yet I cannot find any press statements from you relating to the Nga Taonga restructuring.

I am also troubled by information disclosed in a recent OIA release from Archives New Zealand where it was reported Nga Taonga's CEO allegedly advised Archives NZ staff "that the political pressure to have their sound archives in Christchurch has been removed so they are not wedded to keeping what is in Christchurch in that region.” [Archives NZ email 2/8/16], when just a few week's earlier Nga Taonga's four-year-plan [p.8] noted that the Minister's expectation was for “co-location with Archives NZ in Christchurch”. I would like to understand the inconsistency between these two statements.

According to publicly released information, the restructuring consists of major role changes for staff, redundancies and collection movements (e.g. the entire sound collection will be moved from Christchurch to Wellington)

Therefore, I would like to request:

All inward and outward correspondence from the office of Minister Maggie Barry - including but not limited to - emails, letters, petitions, reports, meeting minutes etc., from 1 July 2016 - 1 February 2017 relating to Nga Taonga Sound and Vision's restructuring plans (announced to archive staff in November 2016).

Yours faithfully,

K.I. Davis

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From: Sally Guinness
Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage


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An acknowledgement of your OIA request to Hon Maggie Barry is attached.

Best regards

Sally Guinness |Senior Private Secretary
Office of Hon Maggie Barry ONZM
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Minister of Conservation, Minister for Seniors
EW 4.1L, Parliament Buildings, P.O. Box 18041, Wellington 6160
T: 04 817 8398 | C: 027 664 4378 | E: [email address]

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From: K.I. Davis

Dear Sally Guinness,

Just to clarify, my actual OIA request to the Minister is for:

All inward and outward correspondence from the office of Minister Maggie Barry - including but not limited to - emails, letters, petitions, reports, meeting minutes etc., from 1 July 2016 - 1 February 2017 relating to Nga Taonga Sound and Vision's restructuring plans (announced to archive staff in November 2016).

(Not just a position statement from the Minister)

Yours sincerely,

K.I. Davis

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When the the Minister's office provide the relevant correspondence they can also, if they wish, provide a "contextual statement" that puts the raw correspondence into perspective to help explain any developments, inconsistencies, etc

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From: Alex Fensome
Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage


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Dear KI Davis,

 

This email refers to your request under the Official Information Act 1982,
received 1 February 2017, for the following information:

 

All inward and outward correspondence from the office of Minister Maggie
Barry - including but not limited to - emails, letters, petitions,
reports, meeting minutes etc., from 1 July 2016 - 1 February 2017 relating
to Nga Taonga Sound and Vision's restructuring plans (announced to archive
staff in November 2016).

 

Your request is being considered, however, because of the consultation
necessary to provide a response your request, I am extending the time
limit for responding to your request by 10 working days.  This extension
has been made under section 15A(1)(b) of the OIA.  You can expect to
receive a response to your OIA request by 16 March 2017.

 

You have the right, under section 28(3) of the OIA, to ask an Ombudsman to
review my decision to extend your request.

 

Regards,

Alex Fensome

 

 

 

Alex Fensome

Ministerial Advisor

Office of Hon Maggie Barry
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DDI (04) 817 9912

Mob  027 2772 313

 

 

 

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From: K.I. Davis

Dear Alex Fensome,

Thanks for the email regarding the time extension. I look forward to hearing from you,

Yours sincerely,

K.I. Davis

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From: Alex Fensome
Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage


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Dear KI Davis,

 

Please find attached a response to your OIA request of 1 February 2017 to
Minister Maggie Barry.

 

Warm regards,

Alex Fensome

 

Alex Fensome

Ministerial Advisor

Office of Hon Maggie Barry
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DDI (04) 817 9912

Mob  027 2772 313

 

 

 

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From: K.I. Davis

Dear Minister Barry;

Thank you for the response to my OIA request and your expression of confidence in Nga Taonga.

I would like to note that in the released information it states that only five positions will be lost. However since the restructuring was confirmed in December 2016, at least fourteen staff have left or are in the process of leaving (and possibly more to come). I know that's only around 18% of the workforce but I still find that rather concerning, especially when this includes almost the complete loss of staff in the client-supply area and almost the complete loss of institutional knowledge in the Sound Archive preservation and acquisition areas.

I think you should also know that the DIA has confirmed through a recent OIA request (https://fyi.org.nz/request/5402-avalon-a...) that they have not been approached by Nga Taonga in relation to modifying the Avalon facility (e.g. the addition or modification of studios, vaults, equipment or offices) - which Nga Taonga are obliged to do, Nor has the DIA been approached regarding the use of the public facility to house non TVNZ collection material.

I acknowledge your point that Nga Taonga is a non-government organisation and is responsible for its own organisational matters. However you have entrusted this private organisation with the vast majority of the nations publicly produced audio-visual heritage and therefore I would respectfully suggest that you could take a more proactive approach in this area.

Yours sincerely,

K.I. Davis

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From: Alex Fensome
Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage

I am on leave until Monday, March 20

 

If an urgent matter please contact Gay Cavill
[email address] or 021 193 4778

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