Katowice Climate Change Conference: Costs, Objectives & Success Measures

Matthew Hooton made this Official Information request to Jacinda Ardern

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From: Matthew Hooton

Dear Jacinda Ardern,

Under the OIA, please advise how many people from across the New Zealand public service will be attending the Katowice Climate Change Conference, including the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) and the third part of the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1-3); their names and agencies; the estimated financial cost for each of them; and the estimated total CO2e emissions for each of them. Please also advise the objectives and success measures for their attendance at the conference.

This includes ministers and their staff as well as other public servants.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Hooton

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From: Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern

I am writing on behalf of the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act request.

Your request will be responded to under the provisions of the Official Information Act 1982.

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Dear Mr Hooton

 

On behalf of Mike Munro, I attach a letter in response to your OIA request
received on 23^rd November 2018.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

 

Jo Pettitt

Executive Assistant │Office of Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff

DDI  : + 64 4 817 9732 │Mobile : + 64 21 229 9436

9-038 Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6011

 

 

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From: Dave Butler-Peck


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Dear Matthew,

 

I am writing to acknowledge the transfer of your Official Information Act
(OIA) request to the Hon Jacinda Ardern dated 23 November 2018,
requesting:

 

"… please advise how many people from across the New Zealand public
service will be attending the Katowice Climate Change Conference,
including the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to
the UNFCCC, the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as
the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) and the third part
of the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the
meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1-3); their names and
agencies; the estimated financial cost for each of them; and the estimated
total CO2e emissions for each of them. Please also advise the objectives
and success measures for their attendance at the conference. This includes
ministers and their staff as well as other public servants.”

 

We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and in
any event no later than 25 January 2019, being 20 working days after the
day your request was transferred. If we are unable to respond to your
request by then, we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe.

 

In the meantime, if you require any further assistance from our
ministerial office, please don't hesitate to let me know.

 

Kind regards,

 

Dave Butler-Peck

 

 

[1]Crest Dave Butler-Peck | Private Secretary
(Executive Support) 

Office of Hon James Shaw | Green Party
Co-leader | Minister for Climate
Change | Minister of Statistics |
Associate Minister of Finance

  Level 7, Bowen House, Parliament
Buildings, 80 Lambton Quay | Private
Bag 18041 | Wellington 6160 | New
Zealand
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M: 021 861 303

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Dear Mr Hooten,

 

Please find attached a reply from Hon James Shaw, in his capacity as
Minister for Climate Change, to your email of 6 December 2018 in which you
request the following under the Official Information Act 1982:

                                                              

"Under the OIA, please advise how many people from across the New Zealand
public service will be attending the Katowice Climate Change Conference,
including the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the
UNFCCC, the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the
Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) and the third part of
the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting
of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1-3), their names and agencies;
the estimated financial cost for each of them; and the estimated total
CO2e emissions for each of them.  Please also advise the objectives and
success measures for the attendance at the conference.

                      

This includes ministers and their staff as well as other public servants.”

 

With kind regards,

 

Stuart

 

[1]Crest Stuart Dymond | Private Secretary,
Climate Change - International

Office of Hon James Shaw

Minister for Climate Change |
Minister of Statistics | Associate
Minister of Finance

Level 7, Bowen House, Parliament
Buildings, 80 Lambton Quay |
Private Bag 18041 | Wellington 6160
| New Zealand
E:
[2][email address]

P: 04 817 6592  Cell: 021 409 673

 

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From: Matthew Hooton

Dear Stuart Dymond,

You have not answered my questions. Please note the wording, which you have not represented accurately in your reply:

“the estimated financial cost for each of them; and the estimated total CO2e emissions for each of them. Please also advise the objectives and success measures for their attendance at the conference.”

As was clear in my original request to the Prime Mibister, I wish to know the cost, objectives and success measures for each individual who attended the conference, not the cumulative amounts.

The objective may be, for example,, “to manage the travel logistics for the wider group”. That would be perfectly legitimate but there must have been a reason for each indicidual to have attended and their activities must have been evaluated against this.

For clarity, I am not interested in the net CO2e emissions after offsets but the gross CO2e emissions for each individual. This is information that a Governmrnt for which climate change is regarded as such a critical issue must hold.

Please respond accurately to my request to avoid us needing to waste the resources of the Ombudsman’s office on this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Hooton

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From: Stuart Dymond

Dear Mr Hooton,

Thank you for your email of 25 January. I have forwarded your questions through to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and they will respond to you in due course.

With kind regards,

Stuart

Stuart Dymond | Private Secretary, Climate Change - International
Office of Hon James Shaw
Minister for Climate Change | Minister of Statistics | Associate Minister of Finance
Level 7, Bowen House, Parliament Buildings, 80 Lambton Quay | Private Bag 18041 | Wellington 6160 | New Zealand
E: [email address]
P: 04 817 6592 Cell: 021 409 673

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