Inquiries and conflicts of interest

Ross Francis made this Official Information request to Department of Internal Affairs

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From: Ross Francis

Dear Department of Internal Affairs,

I would like to make the following request.

In its response to me dated 31 May 2018, DIA stated that Geoffrey Palmer and Terence Arnold have both declared "various interests" while accepting the role of chair of the inquiry into Operation Burnham. Were either or both asked if they had any actual or potential conflicts to declare, or did either or both volunteer such information? Please provide me with all communication with Messrs Palmer and Arnold regarding this question.

What action has been taken by DIA to manage the various interests declared by Messrs Palmer and Arnold?

In its response of 31 May, DIA says that Messrs Palmer and Arnold were not appointed "by way of a contract for services". How were they appointed if not for a contract for services?

In regards to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Building Failure Caused by the Canterbury Earthquakes, what practical steps were taken to ensure the inquiry was independent, impartial and fair? Please provide me with all documents which indicate or show that the inquiry was independent, impartial and fair.

Please contact me if you have any queries.

Yours faithfully,

Ross Francis

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Department of Internal Affairs

Good afternoon Mr Francis.

Thank you for your OIA request, which was received by the Department of Internal Affairs on 11 June 2018 (included below).

The Department will provide its response as soon as practicable and within twenty working days. The 20th working day is 9 July 2018

Kind regards,

Michelle Reed | Advisor – OIA 
The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua 
45 Pipitea St | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand |

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Dear Mr Francis,


Please find attached a response to your Official Information Act 1982
request of 11 June 2018.


Kind regards,





Hamish Cameron

Manager Ministerial Advice

Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua

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