All information pertaining to me

Elaine Smith made this Official Information request to Television New Zealand Limited

Television New Zealand Limited did not have the information requested.

From: Elaine Smith

Dear Television New Zealand Limited,

Under the OIA, I request all information held by, or once held by TVNZ pertaining to myself including but not limited to:

Reports, memos, letters, notes, advice and emails
Materials like tape recordings, audio files, videos, or computer records

from January, 2008 to the present.

Yours faithfully,

Elaine Smith

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Mr Rodgers left an annotation ()

This should be a Privacy Act request (section 34) rather than an official information request.

(Google "privacy act request")

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From: Brent McAnulty
Television New Zealand Limited


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Dear Elaine Smith

 

Your email requesting information held by TVNZ related to you was received
today and has been referred to my office. 

 

In order to assist us could you please advise what your request might
relate to.  For instance, have you:

 

o formerly been employed by TVNZ and if so, in what capacity;
o been featured in any of our programmes;
o made formal complaints about our programmes.

 

Once we have this information we will be in a position to respond to your
request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Brent McAnulty
General Counsel and Corporate Affairs Director

d.  +64 9 916 7935  
m. +64 27 226 4913

 

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From: Elaine Smith

Dear Brent McAnulty,

Thank you for your swift reply. According to the website: http://www.cab.org.nz/vat/gl/laws/Pages/... " You don't have to say why you are requesting the information, but doing so can help the agency identity what specific information to give you."

I trust this information about the Official Information Act is still correct and people aren't being lead astray.

Yours sincerely,

Elaine Smith

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Luke left an annotation ()

Elaine: The advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau is correct. However TVNZ's angle is not asking you why you want it, they are asking you in what context your person ("Elaine Smith") relates to TVNZ. You could have been a past employee for example, in which case TVNZ would focus its effort on searching HR sources, rather than searching irrelevant sources like news footage.

I believe TVNZ is genuine in asking for the background on what your request relates to. By providing this background information, I believe it will greatly assist them to then determine what sources to search and who in TVNZ would provide subject matter expertise.

Rogers: I agree that the Privacy Act applies in this case. I assume TVNZ will apply that Act instead of the OIA.

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From: Elaine Smith

Dear Brent McAnulty,

I have made a request for all information held, or previously held by TVNZ pertaining to me. If this request does not fit the Official Information Act, then I request all information held, or previously held pertaining to me under the Privacy Act including:

Reports, memos, letters, notes, advice and emails
Materials like tape recordings, audio files, videos, or computer records

I do not have to tell you why I am making this request but can tell you that:
I have never been employed by TVNZ
I have never featured in any of your programmes
I have never made formal complaints about your programmes.

Yours sincerely,

Elaine Smith

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Luke left an annotation ()

Elaine, you could be a lot more helpful. Let's hope TVNZ can identify some appropriate internal information sources to search that may contain your personal information.

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From: Brent McAnulty
Television New Zealand Limited

Dear Elaine

We have completed our search, and confirm that we hold information in your name.

In order to comply with your request, we require further details from you. The information we hold appears to relate to more than one person with the same name. As you can appreciate we cannot supply this information without:

(a) knowing which information actually relates to you; and

(b) verifying that you are the correct person.

Can you please contact me directly by email or phone so we can progress this?

Regards
Brent

Brent McAnulty
General Counsel and Corporate Affairs Director

T 09 916 7935

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