RBNZ Governor Recruitment Process

Molly McCarthy made this Official Information request to Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The request was successful.

From: Molly McCarthy

Dear Reserve Bank of New Zealand,

In the recent recruitment process to appoint a new Governor of RBNZ (which resulted in the Board recommending to the Minister of Finance that Adrian Orr be appointed as Governor), please advise:
1. How many of the total applicants/individuals considered for the role were:
a) women; or
b) non-Pakeha; or
c) both.

2. What was the total number of applicants/inidividuals considered?

3. If there is a shortlisting process, how many of the individuals who were included on that shortlist were:
a) women; or
b) non-Pakeha; or
c) both.

4. If there was a shortlisting process, how many individuals were included on the shortlist in total?

Yours faithfully,
Molly McCarthy

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From: Angus Barclay
Reserve Bank of New Zealand


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Dear Ms McCarthy

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has received your request, made under the terms of section 12 of the Official Information Act (the OIA), seeking:

In the recent recruitment process to appoint a new Governor of RBNZ (which resulted in the Board recommending to the Minister of Finance that Adrian Orr be appointed as Governor), please advise:
1. How many of the total applicants/individuals considered for the role were:
a) women; or
b) non-Pakeha; or
c) both.

2. What was the total number of applicants/individuals considered?

3. If there is a shortlisting process, how many of the individuals who were included on that shortlist were:
a) women; or
b) non-Pakeha; or
c) both.

4. If there was a shortlisting process, how many individuals were included on the shortlist in total?

Subject to the provisions of the OIA, you will be notified of the outcome of your request as soon as practicable, but not later than 31 January 2018, being 20 working days after the date of receipt.

Regards
Angus Barclay
External Communications Advisor | Reserve Bank of New Zealand | Te Pūtea Matua
2 The Terrace, Wellington 6011 | P O Box 2498, Wellington 6140
Email: [email address] | www.rbnz.govt.nz

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Dear Ms McCarthy

 

On 12 December 2017 the Reserve Bank of New Zealand has received your
request, made under the terms of section 12 of the Official Information
Act (the OIA), seeking:

 

In the recent recruitment process to appoint a new Governor of RBNZ (which
resulted in the Board recommending to the Minister of Finance that Adrian
Orr be appointed as Governor), please advise:

1. How many of the total applicants/individuals considered for the role
were:

a) women; or

b) non-Pakeha; or

c) both.

 

2. What was the total number of applicants/individuals considered?

 

3. If there is a shortlisting process, how many of the individuals who
were included on that shortlist were:

a) women; or

b) non-Pakeha; or

c) both.

 

4. If there was a shortlisting process, how many individuals were included
on the shortlist in total?

 

The Reserve Bank is extending the time limit for a decision on your
request to 16 February 2018, as permitted under section 15A(1)(b) of the
OIA, because consultations necessary to make a decision on the request are
such that a proper response to the request cannot reasonably be made
within the original time limit.

 

You have the right, under section 28 of the OIA, to make a complaint to
the Ombudsman about the Reserve Bank’s decisions relating to your request.

 

Regards

Angus Barclay

External Communications Advisor | Reserve Bank of New Zealand | Te Pûtea
Matua

2 The Terrace, Wellington 6011 | P O Box 2498, Wellington 6140

DDI +64 4 471 3698 | Mobile +64 27 337 1102

Email: [1][email address]  | [2]www.rbnz.govt.nz

 

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Dear Ms McCarthy

 

On 12 December 2017 the Reserve Bank received a request from you, via
[1]www.fyi.org.nz and pursuant to section 12 of the Official Information
Act 1982 (the OIA), asking:

 

In the recent recruitment process to appoint a new Governor of RBNZ (which
resulted in the Board recommending to the Minister of Finance that Adrian
Orr be appointed as Governor), please advise:

1. How many of the total applicants/individuals considered for the role
were:

a) women; or

b) non-Pakeha; or

c) both.

 

2. What was the total number of applicants/individuals considered?

 

3. If there is a shortlisting process, how many of the individuals who
were included on that shortlist were:

a) women; or

b) non-Pakeha; or

c) both.

 

4. If there was a shortlisting process, how many individuals were included
on the shortlist in total?

 

Decision

 

The Reserve Bank is declining your request, as allowed by section 9(2)(a)
of the OIA, in order to protect the privacy of the candidates considered
for the role of Governor.

 

Given the nature of the process and the final pool of candidates,
releasing the information that you have requested is likely to identify
people who were considered but not appointed – which is private
information. 

Other information

 

It is worth noting that Governor designate Adrian Orr described his Cook
Islands heritage in an interview with e-Tangata magazine. You can read the
article here [2]https://e-tangata.co.nz/news
/adrian-orr-our-31-billion-dollar-man

 

Under section 28 of the OIA, you have the right to seek a review of the
Reserve Bank’s decisions in relation to your request.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Angus Barclay

External Communications Advisor | Reserve Bank of New Zealand | Te Pûtea
Matua

2 The Terrace, Wellington 6011 | P O Box 2498, Wellington 6140

DDI +64 4 471 3698 | Mobile +64 27 337 1102

Email: [3][email address]  | [4]www.rbnz.govt.nz

 

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Luke left an annotation ()

I'm surprised that the Bank believes that revealing sum totals would indirectly those who were "considered but not appointed" to the role of Governor. I know New Zealand has a small pool of those with the talents to be Governor, but I still think it is a leap of faith to assume that this will somehow inadvertently identify specific persons who applied.

I am not convinced that 9(2)(a) of the Act applies in this instance. I would need to know more about the Bank's concerns to determine what the strength of privacy interest was here and whether it was "necessary", in terms of 9(2)(a), for the information to be withheld.

Their response presupposes that there were women and non-Pakeha considered for the role.

Did they consult with applicants during this time to ascertain whether their privacy would be impacted or was the time taken to consult internally as to whether there what the mix of applicants were and if there were too few that could lead them to be identified?

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Luke left an annotation ()

I would recommend asking the Ombudsman to review the Bank's decision.

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Molly McCarthy left an annotation ()

Thanks Luke - complaint submitted.

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Hello Ms McCarthy

 

Please see attached letter from Sean Mills, Reserve Bank Assistant
Governor and Head of Operations.

 

Regards

Angus Barclay

External Communications Advisor | Reserve Bank of New Zealand | Te Pūtea
Matua

2 The Terrace, Wellington 6011 | P O Box 2498, Wellington 6140

Email: [1][email address]  | [2]www.rbnz.govt.nz

 

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Luke left an annotation ()

I am very disappointed that the Bank erred in its original decision as it was such an egregiously incorrect decision. In addition, the overly lengthy time it took to provide you with the information added to the deficiency of the Bank's handling of your request. I do appreciate that the Bank has realised it was wrong to withhold the information and has apologised for the deficient way in which it handled your request. However my confidence in the Bank's decision making on OIA requests has been undermined by this particular case.

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