Answers to our questions “being reconsidered by MBIE after further information from EQC”
Subject: FW: Request for Information under the Official Information Act from concerned Canterbury earthquake claimants
Dear Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key, Minister of Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and Shareholder of Southern Response Hon Gerry Brownlee, Minister of Housing and Minister Hon Nick Smith, and Minister for Housing New Zealand and Shareholding Minister of Southern Response Hon Bill English,
We are still awaiting the answers to our information request to you dated 1 April 2015.
On Friday we received notification from the Office of the Chief Ombudsman that you are now officially in breach of the Official Information Act by delaying the provision of answers to our questions past 2 June 2015.
The Office of the Chief Ombudsman confirmed that the staff member in Hon Minister Brownlee’s office that was dealing with this request has now “moved on”.
However Minister Brownlee’s office confirmed to the Office of the Chief Ombudsman that the answers to our information request were initially sent to Minister Brownlee, but not released to us, and now are “being reconsidered by MBIE after further information from EQC”.
We do not know what this means.
As you are aware the request we sent to you was with regard to the instructions, independence, scope and size of the survey of the quality of structural residential repairs in Canterbury, not for the survey results itself.
The Office of the Chief Ombudsman has confirmed to us that you are now in breach of the OIA, and furthermore Canterbury Claimants are concerned why our request for specific information on the instructions for the survey, which is well underway and due for release in July, have to be “reconsidered”.
Joint Ministers stated in February 2015 that the instruction for the survey had already been completed and the survey was “underway”:
Rt Hon Prime Minister, Hon Ministers Brownlee, Smith, and English – Canterbury Claimants (as signed below) are extremely concerned about the quality of structural repairs being completed in Canterbury on residential dwellings, and we hope that you will take this breach of the Official Information Act seriously.
We are expecting provision of all of the specific requested information before close of business tomorrow Monday, 8 June 2015.
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