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From: Mark Honeychurch
Dear Department of Conservation,
Ken Ring has recently informed me that the Department of Conservation (DOC) was/is a customer of his. Please can you tell me:
1. Does DOC currently use Ken Ring's weather predictions?
2. Has DOC ever used Ken Ring's weather predictions?
3. If DOC has ever used Ken Ring's weather predictions
a) Which services have DOC used (Almanac, Online Forecasts, E-Reports, etc)?
b) How much has DOC spent on these services?
From: Shana Harding
Department of Conservation
25 July 2013
Official Information Act request
This letter responds to your request of 10 July 2013 for information on
the Department of Conservation’s use of Ken Ring’s weather services.
The Department is not a customer of Ken Ring and does not currently use
his weather services.
The only instance of use was approximately 2 years ago when the
Department’s avalanche control team in Te Anau accessed Ken Ring’s Almanac
and compared his seasonal predictions to those of the Met Service and
actual observations. The Almanac was not used in any decision-making
Please contact me should clarification be needed.
National Operations Coordinator (acting)
04 494 1427 | [email address]