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By email 
Shed 39, 2 Fryatt Quay 
Pipitea, Wellington 6011 
PO Box 11646 
18 March 2019 
Manners Street 
Wellington 6142 
T  04 384 5708 
File Ref:  OIAP-7-9865 
F  04 385 6960 
Hugh Davenport 
[FYI request #9615 email]   
Dear Mr Davenport 
Request for information 2019-052 
I refer to your request for information dated 18 February 2019, which was received by Greater 
Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) on 18 February 2019. You have requested the following 
I would like to request the following information about a traffic stop in Miramar, Wellington on the 
17th Feb 2019. Details below. 

1) The reason for the traffic stop 
2) The outcome of the traffic stop 
3) The length of the traffic stop 
4) Whether the driver of the bus had any prior driving behaviour reports known by the Police, 
and/or Metlink 

Details of traffic stop: 
Bus rego GQU11, metlink bus no 4188 
Location, Mirimar ave between Shelly Bay Road and Maupuia Road, towards Maupuia Road. 
Police vehicle rego HSM175, lights flashing, no siren. 

Note that as an independent contractor for Metlink, this information should be held by the driver 
and/or the operators under s 2(6) of LGOIMA.
GWRC’s decision follows
Your request has been refused in accordance with section 17(e) of the local Government Official 
Information and Meetings Act 1987 (the Act) on the ground that the information is not held by us.  
Please note that we consider that section 2(6) of the Act only deems the information to be held by 
GWRC if the independent contractor holds the information in their contractual capacity. This was 
expressed by the Ombudsman as  

“…it is the scope of the contracts that will determine the information that is deemed to be held …, 
not the scope of the information held by [the independent contractor]”. (at para 18, Ombudsman’s 
Case Note Request for information held by Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination agencies 
(October 2015)). 
We do not consider that the information you have requested (details of the police stopping a bus) is 
within the scope of the contracts for service that GWRC has, or that the supplier holds this 
information in their contractual capacity.  
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