Invoicing from members of the EAG

Jake Preston made this Official Information request to Earthquake Commission

The request was refused by Earthquake Commission.

From: Jake Preston

Dear Earthquake Commission,

I would like copies of all invoices to EQC from members of the EAG from 15 September 2010 till now (27 February 2019).
Specifically this would include invoices from Dave Brunsdon (Kestrel Group Ltd), Barry Brown (Fraser Thomas Ltd), John Hare ( Holmes Consulting Group Ltd), John Snook (John Snook Consulting Ltd).

Yours faithfully,

Jake Preston

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Kia ora Mr Preston,

 

Thank you for contacting the Earthquake Commission (EQC).

 

Your Official Information Act Request

I can confirm that the below email has been received and forwarded for the
attention of the appropriate team.

 

You will receive a response within 20 working days of your request.

 

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If you require more information, please visit [1]www.eqc.govt.nz or phone
0800 DAMAGE (0800 326 243) between 7am-9pm Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm on
Saturday.

 

Please ensure you include your claim number when you enquire.

 

Yours sincerely,

Katie

 

Katie Greene | Team Administrator | Government Relations | Risk &
Assurance

Earthquake Commission | Kōmihana Rūwhenua
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From: Official Information Act Requests
Sent: Thursday, 28 February 2019 1:05 p.m.
To: Ministerial Services Team
Subject: FW: Official Information request - Invoicing from members of the
EAG

 

Hi Team

 

Can you please respond to the email below.

 

Thanks

 

Regards

 

 

Carolyn Bate | OIA Advisor | Canterbury and External Affairs 

Earthquake Commission | Kōmihana Rūwhenua

0800 DAMAGE | PO Box 311, Wellington 6140

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From: Ministerial Services Team
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Dear Mr Preston

 

Official information request for all invoices to EQC from members of the
EAG.

I refer to your official information request dated 27 February 2019 for;

‘I would like copies of all invoices to EQC from members of the EAG from
15 September 2010 till now (27 February 2019).

Specifically this would include invoices from Dave Brunsdon (Kestrel Group
Ltd), Barry Brown (Fraser Thomas Ltd), John Hare ( Holmes Consulting Group
Ltd), John Snook (John Snook Consulting Ltd).’

 

Your request as currently framed is showing to be very difficult to meet
without substantial collation or research. This is because these invoices
are located on several different systems depending on their age and
category. Unless your request is amended, we may have to refuse it under
section 18(f) of the OIA which applies where the information cannot be
made available without substantial collation or research.

Please let us know  whether you are prepared to amend or clarify your
request, and if so how. For example, advising a more specific timeframe or
specific invoices.

We would appreciate this clarification of your request so that we can more
accurately focus our search on the information you are seeking. Please
accept our apologies for the delay in requesting this clarification.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Bradley Martin | Advisor | Government Relations, Communications &
Stakeholders 

Earthquake Commission | Kômihana Rûwhenua

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From: Jake Preston

Dear Ministerial Services Team,
I have requested what should be very simple to provide, and be within your records as you are required to keep invoices as part of your obligations in terms of tax and the public records act 2005. The option is that you provide the invoices as per your obligations under the Official Information Act, alternatively I can make another complaint to the ombudsman, about deliberate obfuscation of an OIA request by EQC, due to the culture within. I will also make a submission to the Inquiry, using this response as another of many responses used by EQC to try to defeat a legal request under the act. If the request is continued to be denied, I will ultimately make the request individually based on month to month invoicing of each and every engineer member of the EAG that EQC has paid. This will result in more than 400 requests for the information I have condensed into one single request. I do not believe that is in the spirit of the act nor is it representative of the cultural change that Sid Miller and Renee Walker are reporting to the Claimants Reference Group.

I expect that EQC will find the information and in the timeframes defined by the act.

Yours sincerely,

Jake Preston

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