Largest organizational budget managed prior outside of government

Tim Hoffman made this Official Information request to Jacinda Ardern

The request was refused by Jacinda Ardern.

From: Tim Hoffman

Dear Jacinda Ardern,

During a recent appearance on Mike Hosking’s show you stated:
“Again, well again I would speak to my… you know, to my own experience. Yes, I haven’t been an owner/operator I have um… I have run a small NGO, um… I have worked in small businesses and I have been a small business spokesperson, I even worked in a small business in the UK.”

In this context, can you please clarify the largest organizational budget you were responsible for prior to being an MP?


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From: Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern

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From: Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern

Dear Mr Hoffman,

Thank you for your Official Information Act (1982) request, which we received on the 3 March 2019. You requested:

"...can you please clarify the largest organizational budget you were responsible for prior to being an MP?"

Information that is held in any other capacity, such as Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party, as a Member of Parliament or as a private individual, is not official information and falls outside the scope of the Official Information Act 1982.

Accordingly, your request does not meet the requirements as a request for official information.

You have the right to ask the Ombudsman to investigate and review my decision under section 28(3) of the Act.

Yours sincerely

Dinah Okeby
Office of the Prime Minister

Authorised by Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern MP, Parliament Buildings Wellington 6012

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