Travel costs for Council and Wellington Zoo
The New Zealand Taxpayers Union requested information about the costs, itineraries and expenses related to both domestic and international travel for the Wellington City Council and for Council Controlled Organisations.
We asked all Council Controlled Organisations to respond directly with their information.
Wellington Zoo asked that we provide their information along with ours.
There are times when staff and elected representatives need to travel both domestically and internationally as part of their work. We have a travel and accommodation policy that ensures travel costs are managed appropriately and that staff travel is approved at the appropriate level, for example all international staff travel must be approved by the Chief Executive. Travel costs for elected representatives is manged through the City Strategy Committee process.
Below is the response and PDFs of the information provided.
Wellington City Council Gift register
Melissa Nightingale from the New Zealand Herald requested information relating to gifts and donations received by the Council over the past year, including donations and gifts given for specific purposes. Below is the summary of information from the Council’s gift register. Note donations received by the Council are outlined in the Annual Report which is published in October.
Wellington City Council Culture and Climate Surveys
Colette Devlin from the Dominion Post requested a copy of Wellington City Council’s internal Culture and Climate survey, its findings and all correspondence in relation to the survey. Below are the 2017 survey results and and an update on how we’re continuing to improve our culture.
Request from NZ Taxpayers' Union for information relating to Wellington City Council’s hosting of an event to mark the Sister City agreement with the Australian Capital, Canberra.
Request from NZ Taxpayers' Union for information they required for the production of local government league tables. They had originally compiled these in 2014 under the title ‘Ratepayers’ Report.
Request from NZ Taxpayers' Union for information relating to Council staff remuneration.
Councillors - length of service
Request from NZ Taxpayers' Union for information relating to the length of service of the current City Council members as part of a search they were undertaking for the country’s longest serving elected officials.
Revenue from swimming lessons and funding to SwimWell Trust
Request from NZ Taxpayers' Union for information relating to revenue received by the Council from swimming lessons, and for funding provided to SwimWell trust, from 2013/14 to the date of the request.
Request from Fairfax Media in respect of:
- how many unmarked graves are in cemeteries and other burial facilities within your council boundaries?
- how many graves are marked "unknown"?
- the number of unmarked and unknown graves by cemetery/graveyard.
- 5289-LGOIMA Response to Dominion Post re graves (252KB PDF)
Wellington Waterfront Motorhome Park
Request from NZ Taxpayers' Union concerning the costs and revenue associated with a proposed Wellington Waterfront Motorhome Park.
Wellington Tech Hub
Request from NZ Taxpayers' Union concerning the costs to the Council, and tenant occupancy, of the Bizdojo technology hub.
Urban Development Agency
Request from the NZ Taxpayers' Union for information held by the Council regarding the forming of an Urban Development Agency.
Wellington Employer's Chamber of Commerce
Request from NZ Taxpayers' Union for correspondence to and from the Wellington Employer's Chamber of Commerce between 1 October 2015 and 22 March 2016
A request from NZ Taxpayers' Union regarding a Living Wage and any metrics or statistics on workforce impacts.
Wellington Fashion Week
Request from the NZ Taxpayers' Union for information on the funding provided to Wellington Fashion Week by the Council. We responded, by email, to their questions as follows:
Swimming pool trespass notices
Fairfax Media requested information on the number of trespass notices issued in relation to the Council-owned public swimming pools in the past 3 years, and the reasons for the issuing of the trespass notices. We responded by email and advised:
I am able to advise you that in the past 3 years to date there has been only one (1) Trespass Act section 4 trespass notice, issued preventing a person from accessing Council-owned swimming pools. This occurred in February 2014, and is therefore expired (Under the Trespass Act, a section 4 trespass is for 2 years from the date of service). The trespass was issued for abusive and threatening behaviour.
Request from NZ Taxpayers' Union for information held on economic reports on a proposed runway extension at Wellington International Airport, and the possibility of higher landing charges for airlines.
Request from the New Zealand Herald for data held concerning the number of staff disciplines for breaching Council computer usage rules and/or social networking policies.
Merger with Porirua City Council
Request from the Dominion Post for ‘any written material, including reports, notes and emails, used as the basis for the calculation made in a recent presentation on governance options covering the "indicative rates impact" of a merger with Porirua City Council’.
Wellington-Canberra-Singapore air service
Request from the Dominion Post (Hamish Rutherford) in January 2016 for any written material used by the Council's chief executive Kevin Lavery in coming to his decision to provide marketing support from the Destination Wellington fund to the proposed Wellington-Canberra-Singapore air service. We responded with the following letter and attachments on 29 April 2016.
Singapore Airlines service
Request from the NZ Taxpayers' Union with regard to the announcement that Singapore Airlines was to start flying to and from Wellington. We responded with the following letter and attachment on 29 April 2016.
Request from the NZ Taxpayers' Union for official information relating to cost incurred as a result of professional development programmes for elected officials.
Marine Education Centre
Request from the NZ Taxpayers’ Union for information relating to the proposed Marine Education Centre including funding from Wellington City Council to the Marine Education Trust.
Request from Fairfax Media for copies of documents relating to the Wellington Economic Initiatives Development Fund and how panel members decided to provide a $300,000 loan to CallActive.
Request from the NZ Taxpayers’ Union for information relating to the Wellington Economic Initiatives Fund and payments made to Call Active.
November & December
Shared ICT Services
Requests made via the website fyi.org.nz asking for copies of the Council’s Shared ICT Services Business Case proposal. Wellington City Council’s Shared ICT project is with three other councils and Wellington Water Ltd.