Kia ora I am an academic with a particular interest in local democracy and sub-national bodies and am presently undertaking some work on Codes of Conduct. I would be grateful therefore if you could provide me with the following information relating to the code of conduct issues in relation to Mr Solomon: - a copy of your code of conduct; - reports to the DHB on these issues; - minutes of the meetings at which these issues were considered. I would also be grateful if you could treat this request as urgent – obviously it is a contemporary issue of some public importance. thanks Dean Knight Lecturer, Faculty of LawVictoria University of Wellington, Government Buildings, 15 Lambton Quay, PO Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand[ tel +64 (4) 463 6364 ] [ fax +64 (4) 463 6365 ] [ mob +64 (21) 684 544 ] [ email@example.com ] [ www.vuw.ac.nz/law ]Subsequently I received the following response:
- Um, since when has the OIA not been a "core duty"? Surely, public transparency is a fundamental part of a public bodies' functions?
- The documents I requested are, essentially, official documents from Board meetings (reports and agenda). Surely these are readily available? And within the "free" 1 hour?
- Yes, I made the request and so I do really want the documents! I'd prefer not to have to re-confirm my intentions. But, if I do, who do I contact to confirm the request - the CEO? Maybe it would be helpful to have a nominated person to contact, and perhaps even their email address?
- Oh... yes, "the 20-day working deadline"? Actually, your primary obligation is to satisfy the request "as soon as reasonably practicable". But I suspect you won't start the clock until I re-confirm my request?
- In any event, my request was noted as urgent? Maybe it would be nice if it would be treated as such?!?