Third Main Business Case Follow Up

Harriet Gale made this Official Information request to New Zealand Transport Agency

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From: Harriet Gale

Dear New Zealand Transport Agency,

Back in November I made a request for the Third Main Business Case & was rejected in January as was before the Minister of Transport & the Kiwirail Board.

Has the Business Case now been considered and thus can be released to me?

Yours faithfully,

Harriet Gale

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Dear Harriet

 

Transfer of request made under the Official Information Act 1982

 

Thank you for your email of 4 May 2017 requesting the following
information under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act):

 

‘Back in November I made a request for the Third Main Business Case & was
rejected in January as was before Minister of Transport & the KiwiRail
Board.

 

Has the Business Case now been considered and thus can be released to me?’

 

This letter is to advise you that the NZ Transport Agency is transferring
your request as the information is more closely connected with the
functions of KiwiRail. Since the time of your last request, the Transport
Agency has handed over the work on the business case to KiwiRail.

Accordingly we are transferring your request under section 14 of the Act.

 

You will therefore receive further correspondence on your request from
KiwiRail.

 

Regards

 

Official Correspondence Unit

Office of the Chief Executive

National Office / Victoria Arcade, 50 Victoria Street,
Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141, New Zealand 

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Good morning Harriet

 

We acknowledge receipt of the Official Information Act 1982 request
transferred to KiwiRail from NZTA regarding the Third Main Business Case.

 

Under the Act, KiwiRail has up to 20 working days from the date of
receiving your request to respond.  Therefore, you can expect a response
on or before Thursday 8 June 2017.

 

This calculation takes into account the Queen’s Birthday statutory
holiday.

 

We will be in touch with you if it is necessary to clarify any aspect of
your request.

 

Regards,

Official Correspondence Unit

 

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From: Harriet Gale

Dear OCU,

So that escalated quickly. Hoping that the documents can now be released?

Yours sincerely,

Harriet Gale

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Good afternoon Harriet

 

We refer to your request for information transferred to KiwiRail from NZ
Transport Agency, on 10 May 2017, in which you request a copy of the Third
Main Business Case.

 

Your request has been considered under the Official Information Act 1982
(the Act).

 

One document has been identified as being within the scope of your request
however KiwiRail has decided to publicly release the document therefore,
we are withholding the document in full under s18(d) of the Act.

 

The Business Case will soon be made available to the public. KiwiRail will
contact you separately next week to advise when and where the public can
access the document.

 

We apologise for the delay in responding to your request.

Under s28(3) of the Act, you have the right to seek an investigation and
review of this response by way of complaint to the Ombudsman. Refer to
[1]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz for more information.

 

Regards,

Official Correspondence Unit

 

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From: OCU
Sent: Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:52 a.m.
To: '[email address]'
Subject: OIA: Harriet Gale re Third Main Business Case (transferred by
NZTA) OIA2017.025

 

Good morning Harriet

 

We acknowledge receipt of the Official Information Act 1982 request
transferred to KiwiRail from NZTA regarding the Third Main Business Case.

 

Under the Act, KiwiRail has up to 20 working days from the date of
receiving your request to respond.  Therefore, you can expect a response
on or before Thursday 8 June 2017.

 

This calculation takes into account the Queen’s Birthday statutory
holiday.

 

We will be in touch with you if it is necessary to clarify any aspect of
your request.

 

Regards,

Official Correspondence Unit

 

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From: Harriet Gale

Dear OCU,

Thanks

Yours sincerely,

Harriet Gale

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Good evening Harriet

 

Following our email to you dated 9 June 2017, the Business Case has now
been made public. This document is available on KiwiRail’s website, at the
following link:

 

[1]http://www.kiwirail.co.nz/uploads/Public...

 

An explanation of the information withheld within the Business Case can be
found in the following document, also on KiwiRail’s website:

 

[2]http://www.kiwirail.co.nz/uploads/Public...

 

Under s28(3) of the Act, you have the right to seek an investigation and
review of this response by way of complaint to the Ombudsman. Refer to
[3]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz for more information.

 

Regards,

Official Correspondence Unit

 

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From: Harriet Gale

Dear OCU,

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Harriet Gale

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Luke left an annotation ()

Harriet

Given the Third Main Business Case (entitled "Wiri to Westfield: the case for investment") was released with redactions, will you be asking the Ombudsman to review the decisions by Kiwirail to redact particular parts of the report? I note that the BCR has been redacted*.

I note also that on TV3's "The Nation" programme on the weekend, that Minister Bridges said that he thinks it was one of the "earliest iterations of business case", that it was "materially wrong", and a "very early wrong business case in terms of its numbers"**. So can we take from this that there was an additional, fourth, business case that has more up-to-date figures?

*http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/...

**https://www.threenow.co.nz/shows/the-nat...

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Harriet Gale left an annotation ()

Hello Luke

I believe the Ombudsman is investigating this case as a priority

Kind Regards

Harriet

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Good afternoon Harriet

 

After consideration, KiwiRail has decided to publicly release an updated
version of this document and it is now available on KiwiRail’s website, at
the following link:

 

[1]http://www.kiwirail.co.nz/uploads/Public...

 

An explanation of the information withheld within the Business Case can be
found in the following document, also on KiwiRail’s website:

 

[2]http://www.kiwirail.co.nz/uploads/Public...

 

“Wiri to Westfield – The Case for Investment” is a final draft business
case that KiwiRail included in its Crown funding proposals for FY17/18. 
KiwiRail collaborated with NZTA and Auckland Transport during the
preparation of the document, but neither of those agencies has formally
adopted or approved it. The business case is a KiwiRail document. The
document footer naming NZTA is a formatting error and NZTA should not be
considered to be the author of the document.

 

Regards,

Official Correspondence Unit

 

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From: Harriet Gale

Dear OCU,

Thank you :)

Yours sincerely,

Harriet Gale

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The Ombudsman's investigation into the processing of Harriet's OIA request, and a model protocol on dealing with OIA requests involving ministers:

http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/newsr...

The report says:

“I have formed the opinion that while KiwiRail did not act in a manner that was wrong,
unreasonable or contrary to law, some aspects during the processing of this OIA request could
be subject to a level of criticism.”

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