Shed 39, 2 Fryat Quay
Pipitea, Wellington 6011
PO Box 11646
27 April 2018
T 04 384 5708
F 04 385 6960
[FYI request #7104 email]
Dear Mr Randle
Request for information OIA 2017-004 – follow up
On 13 February 2018, Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) provided you with a
response to a request for information made by you on 12 January 2018.
You were advised that the part of your request relating to the proposed GWRC 2018/19 public
transport rates would be processed once the document had been finalised. On 14 March 2018,
Council adopted proposed 2018/19 public transport rates to be consulted on.
Following the provision of this information we were advised that you did not consider that the
information we provided included the detailed background calculations. Specifically, you
advised Margaret Meek, Senior Democratic Services Advisor, on Thursday, 28 April that you
wanted to be provided with information which showed how the draft public transport rate was
Attached a copies of spreadsheets which demonstate what made up the draft transport rate.
Please note that in the attached documents, the projected cost information relating to the bus,
rail and ferry contracts in the Wellington Region has been withheld in accordance with
sections 7(2)(b)(ii) and 7(2)(i) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings
Act 1987 (the Act) on the grounds that releasing the breakdown of the cost estimates would be
likely to unreasonably prejudice the commercial position of the operators when negotiating
similar contracts, and the GWRC’s ability to carry on, without prejudice or disadvantage,
negotiations for the upcoming contracts.
We have therefore, provided you with this information in two formats:
is an electronic copy of the spreadsheet farebox recovery calculation
(with the projected cost information relating to the bus and rail contracts in the
Wellington Region deleted) in a format that gives the formulae
is an electronic copy of the spreadsheet (with the projected cost
estimate information relating to the bus and rail contracts deleted) in a format that
gives the figures but does not give the formulae behind the figures
Please note that with these formats the following changes will happen in Attachment 1(a):
Values in the 'Summary' at the bottom of the worksheet 'Ess Expenses' are affected.
This has occurred because the formulae in that part of the document rely on the
redacted values in the columns above. Please note that the formulae will still able to be
seen in the formulae bar.
The table in the worksheet 'Calc-Proposed' have formulae that use values from the
worksheet 'Ess Expenses'. Where there is a link between worksheets, the totals and
subtotals in the worksheets with formulae will be incorrect as some may require data
from the redacted cells. Please note that where data has been deleted from cells, the
values of the cells become zero.
We have considered whether the public interest in the requested information outweighs
GWRC’s need to withhold certain aspects of the requested information. As a result, we do not
consider that the public interest outweighs GWRC’s reason for withholding parts of the
document under the grounds identified above.
If you have any concerns with the decision(s) referred to in this letter, you have the right to
request an investigation and review by the Ombudsman under section 27(3) of the Act.
General Manager, Corporate Services/ CFO
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