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23 March 2018
Felix Lee [FYI request #7254 email]
Request made under the Official Information Act 1982
Thank you for your email
of 12 February 2018 requesting the following information under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act):
In a Ministry of Transport briefing to the minister (OC05378 Public Transport, Walking and
paragraphs 23.2 and 24 refers to further briefings to the minster to be given by the NZTA on
"Developing new bus priority routes in Auckland, including New Lynn – Flat Bush,Point
Chevalier – Botany, Silverdale – Whangaparoa, and Howick – Glenfield and bus rapid transit
lines, such as from Howick to Auckland Airport."
Has this briefing been delivered? If so can I please have a copy. If not please let me know
when it is expected to be delivered.
The New Zealand Transport Agency (Transport Agency) has one document that falls within the scope of
your request, BRI-1246 Rapid Bus Network: Airport, Puhinui Station and Manukau
This document has been withheld in full under section 9(2)(f)(iv) of the Act to maintain the
constitutional conventions for the time being which protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by
Ministers of the Crown and officials.
The Ministry of Transport briefing that you refer to in your request was prepared soon after the new
Government came into power. It addressed all the specific commitments set out in the party
manifestos prior to there being any direct guidance from Ministers about policy direction for the new
Government. That briefing has been overtaken by the process of developing the new Government
Policy Statement on land transport (GPS). At this time, the Transport Agency has no briefings planned
to address specific manifesto commitments about individual routes, services or projects.
With respect to the information that has been withheld, I do not consider there are any other factors
which would render it desirable, in the public interest, to make the information available.
Under section 28 of the Act, you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to review my decision to
withhold this information. The contact details for the Ombudsman can be located at
Senior Manager, System Design