This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Official Information request 'Copies of the Staff Training Plan for all bus operators under the Metlink branding'.

By email 
Shed 39,
 2 Fryatt Quay 
ea, Wellington 6011 
PO Box 1
10 April 2019 
Manners St
on 6142 
T  04 384 5708 
File Ref:  OIAP-7-9670 
F  04 385 6960 
Hugh Davenport 
[FYI request #9566 email] 
Dear Mr Davenport 
Request for information 2019-041 
I refer to your request for information dated 12 February 2019, which was received by Greater 
Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) on 12 February 2019. You have requested the following 
As per Clause 1.4.5 of Schedule 5 of the Partnering Contract (page 142 of, the bus 
operators are required to have a staff training plan for each year. 
I would like to request a copy of this training plan for all bus operators under the Metlink branding 
for the years of 2017, 2018 and 2019. 
As for whether this data is "held" by the agency, I refer to s 2(6) LGOIMA. 
"Any information held by an independent contractor engaged by any local authority in his or her 
capacity as an independent contractor is, for the purposes of this Act, deemed to be held by the local 
authority.", paraphrased "Information which an independent contractor to an agency holds in that 
capacity is deemed to be held by the agency" 
I note that all the bus contractors are independent contractors engaged by GWRC on behalf of 
Metlink and in their capacity of the independent contractors they hold the data of their staff training 
GWRC’s decision follows 
The rollout of the GWRC Metlink bus service commenced in July 2018 and I have attached the 
training plans for the 2018/2019 year for the following operators for your information. Following 
consultation with operators several redactions have been made under the Local Government Official 
Information and Meetings Act, 1987 (the Act), these are indicated in the table below.  
As the GWRC Metlink service commenced in July 2018 we do not hold any training plans from 
providers for the previous year (2017/2018 year), and as the training plans for 2018/2019 have not 

been updated for 2019/2020 this information does not exist. This part of your request is therefore 
refused under section 17(e) of the Act. 
Plan Title 
Mana Coach Services  Staff Training and 
Development Plan 
Staff Training Plan - Section 7(2)(a) - to protect the privacy of 
natural persons. 
NZ Bus Ltd 
Staff Training Plan  
Section 7(2)(a) - to protect the privacy of 
natural persons. 
Section 7(2)(b)(ii) - to protect information 
where the making of the information would be 
likely to unreasonably to prejudice the 
commercial position of the person who 
supplied or who is the subject of the 
Tranzit Group Ltd 
Tranzit Staff Training and  Section 7(2)(a) - to protect the privacy of 
Development Plan Unit 1,  natural persons. 
4, 7, 3. (example). 
Section 7(2)(b)(ii) - to protect information 
where the making of the information would be 
likely to unreasonably to prejudice the 
commercial position of the person who 
supplied or who is the subject of the 
We have considered whether the public interest in the requested information outweighs GWRC’s 
need to withhold certain aspects. As a result, we do not consider that the public interest outweighs 
GWRC’s reason for withholding parts of the information under the grounds identified above. 
On 12 and 13 March 2019 you emailed GWRC about your concerns as to why the timeframe under 
the Act to respond to your request had been extended. We confirmed with you that the reason for the 
extension was so that GWRC could consult so it can provide a proper response to your request as 
explained in our letter to you and by email on 12 and 13 March 2019. 
You replied: 
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When you do get around to providing your response, could you please include a brief timeline of 
how this request was handled, date/time/person involved etc. What consultations were necessary 
that couldn't be done within the first 20 days, and when were these consultations done. Also when 
did GWRC first realise that they needed an extension. If the date that GWRC realised they needed 
an extension was before March 12th, then a bit of reasoning behind the delay of informing myself 
and the public of the extension required. It would also be useful for reasoning behind the extra 20 
days, i.e. how did you come about 20 days extension rather than 10 or 30?
GWRC made the decision to extend your request on 11 March 2019 to allow further time to 
complete a second round of consultation with bus operators. The decision was made to extend your 
request by a further 20 days to allow for a reasonable time to complete the necessary consultation 
and document processing and decision making on your request. I have withheld the names of staff 
involved under section 7(2)(a) of the Act to protect the privacy of natural persons. 
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. 
Yours sincerely 
Greg Pollock 
General Manager, Public Transport