TPP11 Cost Benefit Analysis

Andrew Riddell made this Official Information request to Jacinda Ardern

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From: Andrew Riddell

Dear Jacinda Ardern,

It was reported yesterday on the Bloomberg website that you said "There are clear benefits for our exporters in that agreement", referring to TPP11.

Please provide copies of all reports, including any cost benefit analyses, that you have received about the benefits and costs of TPP11. I am interested in reports that identify and assess the costs of TPP11 as well as those identifying and discussing the benefits of TPP11; and in reports that support the assertion that there are clear benefits for NZ exporters in the agreement. I use the term "reports" in an inclusive sense to include such items as memorandums, file notes, emails and correspondence.

I am a New Zealand citizen resident in New Zealand.

Finally I must say that your address in reply speech yesterday was the most inspirational speech I have ever heard from a prime minister.

Kia ora,

Andrew Riddell

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From: Jo Pettitt


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Dear Mr Riddell

 

On behalf of Heather Simpson, I attach a letter in respect of your OIA
request received on 9^th November 2017.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jo Pettitt

Executive Assistant │Office of GJ Thompson, Prime Minister’s Chief of
Staff

DDI  : + 64 4 817 9732

9-038 Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6011

 

 

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From: Andrew Riddell

Dear Jo Pettitt,

Thank you for forwarding the letter from Heather Simpson about my information request.

My request has been misunderstood.

My request points out that just before 9 November Jacinda Ardern made a statement about benefits of the (then) TPP11 trade agreement. My request is seeking the information that she relied on to support that statement, i.e. the information she was relying on that justified the statement that there were benefits from TPP11 as it was just prior to 9 November 2017..

Instead, my request has been treated as a general request for information about TPP11 as it has evolved since 9 November, and it has been transferred to the Minster of Trade.

I strongly disagree with that action. It is based on a misunderstanding of my request.

Please reverse the transfer of my request to the Minster of Trade and provide the information I actually requested.

Thank you

Nga mihi,

Andrew Riddell

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Luke left an annotation ()

Whenever you cite a quotation, it is best practice to include the source. For example the hyperlink to the Bloomberg article, or the reference details such as source, date, title, etc. This allows the recipient to check the veracity of your quotation with the original source. Ministers do not like being quoted out of context.

In your second, revised request, you asked for information "that she relied on". This is the critical element, as it indicates the information that is held by the Prime Minister in their official capacity. This information could be held by her office; it is possible that it may also be held by the Minister of Trade and Export Growth. However I'd expect the Prime Minister's office to check their own office's holdings first.

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Dear Andrew Riddell

 

Please find attached a letter regarding your OIA request of 9 November.

 

Kind regards,

 

Alice

 

Office of Hon David Parker

 

Office of Hon David Parker MP | Attorney-General | Minister for Economic
Development | Minister for the Environment | Minister for Trade and Export
Growth | Associate Minister of Finance

 

Authorised by Hon David Parker MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

 

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Andrew Riddell left an annotation ()

The request was re-written by the PM's office and transferred to the Minister of Trade. The Minister of Trade did not provide the full extent of information requested.

I have complained to the Ombudsman about the re-writing of the request by the PM's office, and about the omission of information by the Minister of Trade.

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From: Jo Pettitt


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Dear Mr Riddell

 

On behalf of Heather Simpson, I attach a letter in response to your OIA
request received on 21^st November 2017.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jo Pettitt

Executive Assistant │Office of GJ Thompson, Prime Minister’s Chief of
Staff

DDI  : + 64 4 817 9732 │Mobile : + 64 21 229 9436

9-038 Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6011

 

 

The information contained in this email is intended for the named
recipient only.  It may contain privileged material or information in
confidence and if you are not the  intended recipient,  you must not copy,
distribute or take any action in reliance on it.  

If you have received this email in error please notify us immediately by
telephone (04 817-9732) or by return email.

Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail

Authorised by Jacinda Ardern MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

 

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Andrew Riddell left an annotation ()

The PM's office is trying to avoid answering the request.

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