Use of dowsing

B. White made this Official Information request to Whakatane District Council

The request was successful.

From: B. White

Tēnā koutou,

I am interested in the use of dowsing techniques by employees and contractors used by your council when working with water, e.g. pipe leaks, water sources, etc.

Please release the following information:

1. If any Council or Council Controlled Organisations staff use dowsing as part of their job

2. If any contractors employed by Council use dowsing as part of their work when engaged by the Council

3. If any dowsing companies explicitly offering dowsing services have been engaged by the Council.

4. For any of the above, what costs were incurred by the Council.

Please give me this information for as long as records are available.

If any part of my request is unclear, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Ngā mihi,

B. White

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From: WDC Customer Service
Whakatane District Council

Dear B.White
Thank you for your request for information. I have forwarded your email to the Chief Executive, Marty Grenfell to be responded to under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.  
Under the aforementioned act, the decision on whether the request is to be granted and, if it is to be granted, in what manner and for what charge (if any); and if the information shall be given or posted to the person who made the request; shall be made as soon as reasonably practicable, and in no case later than 20 working days after the day on which the request is received by that local authority.
Please see our public website for information about making an official information request and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 under which such information is given:
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From: Charlotte Spencer
Whakatane District Council

Dear Mr White


Thank you for your email received on 22 December 2017 requesting information under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. A decision has now been made on your request pursuant to section 13 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

In response to your request, I have spoken to our Three Waters Operations Manager and he has advised that Whakatāne Council do not use dowsing techniques when working with water.

If you are not satisfied with my response, you are entitled to request a review by the Ombudsmen. Further information can be obtained from the following website

Yours sincerely

Charlotte Spencer
Personal Assistant

P 07 306 0500 Ext 7546 DDI 07 306 0546 M 021 773 999 F 07 307 0718
E [email address] W
Commerce Street, Private Bag 1002, Whakatāne 3158, New Zealand


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