Use of NZDF Navy Ships

Liam Stoneley made this Official Information request to New Zealand Defence Force

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear New Zealand Defence Force,

This is a request for information, made under the provisions of ss4 and 5 of the Official Information Act 1982 (“the Act”). I therefore would like the following information;

1. Given it has been one year since this information was released to the public(Navy's ships not being used; http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2...), could you please give us an update on for the past 5 years:
a) How many ships does the NZDF own?
b) And in what year were each purchased? And what is/was their purpose?
c) And in what year does the Navy expect to replace any of them? If in the near future, with what vessel and for how much?
d) How many days has each of the aforementioned ships been out of port (broken down into each of the 5 years)?
e) Any reasons why they have not been out of port for the period of times you provide?
f) Please provide the number of dedicated fishery patrol days at sea for each of the 5 years?

2. Further, and in light of this recent article (Navy names largest-ever ship; http://i.stuff.co.nz/national/91400538/n...), could you also provide the following:
a) Compare and contrast the size, capabilities, cost, man-power needed to operate this new ship with the Endeavour which it replaces.
b) Any information on why there are differences between the two ships, specifically if there are on size, cost to purchase and why it needs to be replaced at all.

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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 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 the person making the request 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: Liam Stoneley

Dear New Zealand Defence Force,

You have not replied within the statutory deadline. I will therefore complain to the Ombudsman.

Yours faithfully,

Liam Stoneley

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