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Why ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’ Penny Bright is disclosing that the OAG is ‘undertaking preliminary inquiries’ into the 7 NZ United Water contracts

15 December 2010 

OPEN LETTER

Bruce Robertson
Assistant Auditor-General
Local Government

Dear Bruce,

In response to your request:

” …I would ask you not to disclose we are undertaking preliminary inquiries.

“Why we ask for privacy?

At the preliminary stage it is still to be determined whether we will inquire and, if we do, how we will report.  As part of the process we may or may not make contact with all parties concerned.  If we decide not to, there is no reason to indicate to the parties we are not undertaking an inquiry – especially if we have not made direct contact with them.  So it is on a pragmatic basis that we do not publicise preliminary inquires .

We are committed to transparency, but it is premature at this stage of our work to publicise what we are doing in relation to your request.  It is on these grounds I would ask you not to disclose we are undertaking preliminary inquiries.

The inquiry work is the preserve of the Auditor-General. “

I’m sorry Bruce, but I see a significant  lack of consistency in the approach of the OAG regarding the disclosure of the ‘undertaking of preliminary inquiries’.

Please be reminded of the following articles which report none other than the Auditor-General herself, Auditor-General Lyn Provost, who:

“…said last week that she was looking into the matter but had yet to decide if an inquiry was needed.”

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http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10694214

However Labour MP Pete Hodgson has been pushing for the Auditor-General to carry out an inquiry into Mrs Wong and her husband’s use of the travel perk.

Auditor-General Lyn Provost said last week that she was looking into the matter but had yet to decide if an inquiry was needed.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10693149

Auditor-General Lyn Provost has confirmed she is considering the latest information around Sammy Wong’s possible misuse of his wife Pansy’s Parliamentary travel perk, before deciding whether to investigate the matter.
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How is that not publicity about a ‘preliminary’ inquiry?

If the Auditor-General has the lawful power and authority to publicise the fact that the OAG is effectively conducting a preliminary inquiry – then why can’t I?

I am fully aware of my lawful rights under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 to ‘Freedom of Expression’:


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New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 14. Freedom of expression

---Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek,receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.

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- which is based upon:

Article 19 (Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

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I acknowledge that it may be the OAG’s ‘inquiry’, but it was MY request for this inquiry, and I believe, in all fairness, that I have an equal ‘pragmatic’ right, to keep the public informed as to where this matter is at.

So Bruce, it is upon these grounds that  I will be publicly disclosing that you are undertaking preliminary inquiries.

FYI – I have announced  that I will be standing as a candidate in the Botany by-election, following the resignation of Pansy Wong, on an anti-corruption and pro-GENUINE transparency platform.

Yours sincerely,

Penny

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
(New Zealand)
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ for water and Auckland regional governance matters.
2010 Auckland Mayoral candidate.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”.

Attendee: Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2009
Attendee: Transparency International’s 14th IACC 2010

Ph (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127

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On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 9:57 AM, Bruce Robertson <Bruce.Robertson@oag.govt.nz> wrote: 

Penny

Picking up on your request I clarify our approach, I would not the following:

Statutory provision

The basis on which we conduct inquires is generally under s 18 of the Public Audit Act 2001.  The main section is s 18(1) – “The Auditor-General may inquire, either on request or on the Auditor-General’s own initiative, into any matter concerning a public entity’s use of it resources”.  I would also refer you to our website which expands on the process we are using to consider your request.  Part of that information includes the following:

What is an inquiry?

An inquiry may involve looking into financial, accountability, governance or conduct issues in a public entity. An inquiry will usually question whether the public entity:

  • applied its resources effectively and efficiently and without waste,
  • complied with its legal obligations,
  • acted honestly and with integrity in its dealings, and
  • managed its finances prudently.

The concerns may have been raised by a member of the public, a member of Parliament, another organisation, or the Auditor-General. However, we are not a complaints agency. No one can make the Auditor-General investigate a matter.

When a matter is referred to her, the Auditor-General decides whether to initiate an inquiry. We may decide not to look into it (for example, because we are not the appropriate authority to do so), we might refer it to our appointed auditor to consider during the next annual audit of the public entity, or we may consider the matter when we plan our performance audits.

If we decide to undertake an inquiry, we will also determine its scope. We might decide to look into only some of the concerns raised by the correspondent, or consider additional issues.

We then gather evidence and information, which we analyse to determine whether the entity has acted correctly and appropriately in the context of its legislative framework, applicable policies, and best practice.

We conduct our inquiries in private. However, we give all directly affected parties an opportunity to be heard, including the opportunity to comment on the factual accuracy and balance of our findings. We consider all such comments. However, because the Auditor-General is independent, we do not need the agreement or approval of the affected parties, or anyone else, before we confirm our findings.

The conclusions that we reach are our own.

Please note the last 2 paragraphs.  An inquiry is that of the Auditor-General’s, not the correspondent.

On the basis there are grounds for us to inquire (which essentially is what the preliminary inquiry is about) we are looking to review the public entitles use/protection of its resources.  We are not investigating a private sector organisation – in the case of your inquiry, United Water itself.  Our website page on inquiries also notes (for your advice I also repeat the information in relation to policy decisions and the judicial function):

Private entities

The Auditor-General can only inquire into the actions of public entities (see section 5 of the Public Audit Act 2001). We cannot inquire into private organisations, including organisations which may have received funding from a public entity. However, we can look at the activities of a public entity in contracting with or directly funding a private entity, and the manner in which the public entity has monitored the private entity’s use of public funds.

Policy decisions

The Auditor-General does not have any authority to question matters of government or local authority policy. Making policy decisions is a job for elected representatives. For example, we would not inquire into a decision by the Government or a local authority to acquire or dispose of a particular asset. We could, however, consider the extent to which the public entity had implemented that decision in accordance with the applicable policy.

Judicial function

The Auditor-General does not have a judicial function, so we cannot make findings on whether an entity has acted lawfully or whether an individual is culpable for a particular action. The most we can do is express an opinion. We cannot overturn an entity’s decisions or actions. That is for the courts through the judicial review process. We also cannot provide any redress or remedies in respect of particular concerns, or direct a public entity to act on our findings or recommendations.

Why we ask for privacy?

At the preliminary stage it is still to be determined whether we will inquire and, if we do, how we will report.  As part of the process we may or may not make contact with all parties concerned.  If we decide not to, there is no reason to indicate to the parties we are not undertaking an inquiry – especially if we have not made direct contact with them.  So it is on a pragmatic basis that we do not publicise preliminary inquires .

We are committed to transparency, but it is premature at this stage of our work to publicise what we are doing in relation to your request.  It is on these grounds I would ask you not to disclose we are undertaking preliminary inquiries.  The inquiry work is the preserve of the Auditor-General.

I have indicated to you previously that we will let you know the outcome of our preliminary work.  I have also indicated that this will not be until into the New Year.

Regards

Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson

Assistant Auditor-General, Local Government

Office of the Auditor-General, Te Mana Arotake

100 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011

PO Box 3928, Wellington 6140

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
 

18 November 2010

URGENT!

‘OPEN LETTER’ REQUEST FOR URGENT INTERVENTION/INVESTIGATION BY AUDITOR-GENERAL INTO PRICING OF 7 UNITED WATER NZ CONTRACTS

NZ Auditor-General
Lynne Provost

Dear Auditor-General,

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00373/house-rises-while-debating-local-government-bill.htm

House Rises While Debating Local Government Bill

Thursday, 18 November 2010, 12:09 am
Article: ParliamentToday.co.nz

House Rises While Debating Local Government Bill

The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill passed its second reading by 64 votes to 56 and MPs had just started the committee stage debate when the House rose at midnight.

It will resume tomorrow at 9am.

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ParliamentToday.co.nz is a breaking news source for New Zealand parliamentary business featuring broadcast daily news reports on Parliamentary Business.”

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If Prime Minister John Key does not act today to ensure that ‘due diligence’ is applied and that  legislative changes to the Local Government Act 2002 which would make it easier to privatise water services via changes to ‘contracting out’, and ‘Public Private Partnership’ (PPP) provisions, are ‘stayed’ until a full and thorough independent investigation of the pricing practices of private water company United Water’s seven contracts in New Zealand has been undertaken, I am formally requesting your urgent intervention to ensure that his happens.

Yours sincerely,

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially-recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”

Ph (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127

http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

‘Open Letter to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key,

Dear Prime Minister,

I have just come back from the Transparency International 14th ‘International Anti-Corruption Conference in Bangkok Thailand, attended by over 1200 anti-corruption delegates from all over the world.

In  my considered opinion  it is a form of ‘wilful blindness’ bordering on a form of ‘corrupt practice’ to force through legislation pushing a privatisation model which may be based on a ‘rort and a fraud’ without investigating legitimate concerns which have been put before Parliament in a proper way.

http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Presented/Petitions/e/d/f/49DBHOH_PET2996_1-Petition-of-Penelope-Mary-Bright-and-171-others.htm

Petition of Penelope Mary Bright and 171 others

Requesting that the House of Representatives do not implement any legislative changes to the Local Government Act 2002 which would make it easier to privatise water services via changes to ‘contracting out’, and ‘Public Private Partnership’ (PPP) provisions, until a full and thorough independent investigation of the pricing practices of private water company United Water’s seven contracts in New Zealand has been undertaken.

Petition number: 2008/60
Presented by: Su’a William Sio
Date presented: 9 December 2009
Referred to: Local Government and Environment Committee

(Evidence supporting this petition at the end of this email)

NATIONAL/ACT GOVT ARE RAILROADING  THROUGH WATER PRIVATISATION LEGISLATION!!

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00373/house-rises-while-debating-local-government-bill.htm

House Rises While Debating Local Government Bill

Thursday, 18 November 2010, 12:09 am
Article: ParliamentToday.co.nz

House Rises While Debating Local Government Bill

The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill passed its second reading by 64 votes to 56 and MPs had just started the committee stage debate when the House rose at midnight.

It will resume tomorrow at 9am.

***
ParliamentToday.co.nz is a breaking news source for New Zealand parliamentary business featuring broadcast daily news reports on Parliamentary Business.
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A PROTEST IS BEING HELD OUTSIDE PAPAKURA UNITED WATER!

116 Great South Rd
Papakura

THURSDAY 18 NOVEMBER

9AM – 12NOON

THE INTENTION OF THIS LEGISLATION IS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR WATER MULTINATIONALS (LIKE UNITED WATER- 100% OWNED BY VEOLIA – THE BIGGEST PRIVATE WATER COMPANY IN THE WORLD) TO OPERATE AND MANAGE OUR WATER SERVICES FOR PRIVATE PROFIT.

United Water – have lost the South Australian contract!

So – why are we making it easier for United Water in NZ here in NZ – if their 7 contracts may be based on dodgy and misrepresented pricing?

This is URGENT because the Bill to extend private water contracts to 35 years is back before Parliament , has had its 2nd reading  – while my petition calling for an urgent investigation into the 7 NZ United Water contracts is just sitting there as an ‘Item of Business’ before the Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

Where is the ‘due diligence’, ‘prudent stewardship’and  ‘fiscal responsibility’  in ignoring EVIDENCE supporting the call for an urgent inquiry into the 7 United Water NZ contracts?

Is this not a form of ‘wilful blindness’ bordering on a form of ‘corrupt practice’ to force through legislation pushing a model which may be based on a ‘rort and a fraud’ without investigating these legitimate concerns which have been put before Parliament in a proper way?

This petition has been tabled as an ‘Item of Business’ for nearly a year!

Did United Water knowingly misrepresent their pricing here in NZ by loading corporate overhead costs from NZ contracts on to South Australian United Water customers?

Think it is politically significant – that while here it’s being made easier for United Water to get (longer) contracts in NZ – the South Australians are effectively  ‘ booting’ them out.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/24/2935983.htm

(This is a ‘BOOT’ scheme I DO agree with. )

I contacted South Australia United Water Communications Officer Edwina Chapman  (0061 8 8301 2700) and she advised me that the findings of the  ‘Independent Expert’ who is investigating the United Water South Australia contract are “not determined”.
(I rang her on Friday 5 November 2010)

But in the meantime – the United Water South Australia contract is NOT being renewed.

PLEASE EXPLAIN TO THE NEW ZEALAND PEOPLE, PRIME MINISTER, WHY, ‘ON YOUR WATCH’  ‘DUE DILIGENCE’ IS NOT BEING EXERCISED AND WHY THERE HAS BEEN NO INVESTIGATION YET INTO  THE SEVEN NZ UNITED WATER CONTRACTS.

IF PARLIAMENT IS NOT GOING TO EXERCISE ‘DUE DILIGENCE’  – THEN PLEASE CONFIRM THAT THE AUDITOR-GENERAL (OAG) WILL BE ASKED TO INVESTIGATE THE 7 UNITED WATER NZ CONTRACTS.

THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY ADVISED THAT THE OAG IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE BODY TO CARRY OUT THIS INVESTIGATION:

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3) REPLY FROM THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT RODNEY HIDE DATED
3 NOVEMBER 2010:
 

WPG WATER PRIVATISATION UNITED WATER REPLY FROM RODNEY HIDE RE MOST APPROPRIATE BODY TO INVESTIGATE 7 UNITED WATER NZ CONTRACTS 3 NOVEMBER 2009.htm 27K

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1&thid=124b7c0978c309fc&mt=application%2Fpdf&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com%2Fmail%2F%3Fui%3D2%26ik%3D18afffb768%26view%3Datt%26th%3D124b7c0978c309fc%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dattd%26zw&sig=AHIEtbSBkiXdhHcPAnrcy4Giyj5dBqFP0Q

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PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT IF ‘DUE DILIGENCE’ IS NOT CARRIED OUT BY EITHER THE NZ PARLIAMENT OR THE OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR-GENERAL, I AM GOING TO FORMALLY REQUEST THAT TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL CONDUCT AN URGENT REVIEW OF NEW ZEALAND’S ‘CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX’ STATUS.

(Currently ‘first-equal’ with Singapore and Denmark).

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially-recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”

Ph (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127

http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ENVIRONMENT SELECT COMMITTEE – EVIDENCE SUPPORTING :

Petition 2008/60 of Penelope Mary Bright and 171 others, presented by Su’a William Sio, on 9 December 2009 – referred to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

“Requesting that the House of Representatives do not implement any legislative changes to the Local Government Act 2002 which would make it easier to privatise water services via changes to ‘contracting out’, and ‘Public Private Partnership’ (PPP) provisions, until a full and thorough independent investigation of the pricing practices of private water company United Water’s seven contracts in New Zealand has been undertaken.”

1)COPY OF THE ‘STATEMENT OF CLAIM’ ,( sawater sclaim.pdf ) FILED ON BEHALF OF THE PLAINTIFF, SA WATER CORPORATION, BY THE CROWN SOLICITOR FOR THE STATE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA IN THE MATTER BETWEEN :

SA WATER CORPORATION v UNITED WATER INTERNATIONAL PTY ACN 069471334 in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

In brief, UNITED WATER INTERNATIONAL PTY, is being sued by SA WATER CORPORATION, for alleged ‘breach of contract’, and ‘misleading and deceptive conduct’,  for failing to disclose, when calculating its profit on ‘Lump Sum Charges’, all its corporate overhead costs for United Water’s other operations (including in New Zealand and Ballarat).

2) LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT RODNEY HIDE (DATED 29 SEPTEMBER 2009), REQUESTING HE ADVISE WHICH IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE BODY/AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE EACH OF THE SEVEN UNITED WATER NEW ZEALAND CONTRACTS IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH THEY WERE NOT BASED ON FRAUDULENT AND MISREPRESENTED PRICING:
“29 September 2009

OPEN LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT RODNEY HIDE –

RE: INVESTIGATION OF NZ UNITED WATER CONTRACTS

Dear Minister,

Attached to this email is a copy of the ‘Statement of Claim’, filed on behalf of the Plaintiff, SA Water Corporation, by the Crown Solicitor for the State of South Australia, in the matter between:

SA WATER CORPORATION v UNITED WATER INTERNATIONAL PTY ACN 069471334 in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

In brief, UNITED WATER INTERNATIONAL PTY, is being sued by SA WATER CORPORATION, for alleged ‘breach of contract’, and ‘misleading and deceptive conduct’,  for failing to disclose, when calculating its profit on ‘Lump Sum Charges’, all its corporate overhead costs for United Water’s other operations (including in New Zealand and Ballarat).

This is allegedly in breach of clauses 8 and 14 of the Contract and clause 2(c) of Schedule E to the Contract (which only entitle United Water to charge for costs incurred by it in rendering the Services to SA Water.

These are significant and serious charges.

“The remedies sought are:

1) A order setting aside the 2003 Contract under Section 87 of the Trade Practices Act, 1974 (Cth) and Section 85 of the Fair Trading Act (SA) and for misrepresentation.

2) Damages for breach of Contract.

3.Damages pursuant to Section 82 of the Trade Practices Act, 1974 (Cth).

4) Damages pursuant to Section 84 of the Fair Trading Act, 1987 (SA).

5) Damages pursuant to Section 7 of the Misrepresentation Act, 1972 (SA).

6) Further or in the alternative, orders as the Court think appropriate pursuant to Section 87 of Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) and Section 85 of the Fair Trading Act, 1987 (SA) to compensate SA Water for the loss and damage sufered by reason of the conduct of United Water in contravention of Section 52 of Trade Practices Act, 1974 (Cth) and Section 56 of the Fair Trading Act, 1987 (SA).

7. Interest.

8. Costs.

9. Further or other relief as the Court thinks fit.”

A) Please advise as Minister of Local Government, which is the most appropriate body/authority to investigate:

1) Each of the following United Water contracts in order to establish that they were not based on fraudulent and misrepresented pricing, which, as I understand it, would, if proven, be grounds for the ‘setting aside’ of the following United Water New Zealand contracts.


a) Papakura Concession
b) Ruapehu Operations and Maintenance
c) Thames Coromandel Operations and Maintenance
d) Wellington Wastewater Treatment Plants

e) Waitomo Operations and Maintenance
f)  Franklin Operations and Maintenance
g) Queenstown Operations and Maintenance

2) The role played, (if any) by employees of Watercare Services Ltd, in the securing of these United Water New Zealand contracts, particularly that of the ex-Mayor of Papakura District Council, Mr David Hawkins, now ‘Corporate Liaison Manager’ for Watercare Services, (currently seconded to work for the Auckland Transition Agency),who played a significant role in the establishing of the United Water (Papakura) contract in 1997.

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bright

Media Spokesperson

Water Pressure Group

Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ for Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.

Ph (09) 846 9825

021 211 4 127


(waterpressure@gmail.com)
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3) REPLY FROM THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT RODNEY HIDE DATED
3 NOVEMBER 2010:

WPG WATER PRIVATISATION UNITED WATER REPLY FROM RODNEY HIDE RE MOST APPROPRIATE BODY TO INVESTIGATE 7 UNITED WATER NZ CONTRACTS 3 NOVEMBER 2009.htm 27K

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1&thid=124b7c0978c309fc&mt=application%2Fpdf&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com%2Fmail%2F%3Fui%3D2%26ik%3D18afffb768%26view%3Datt%26th%3D124b7c0978c309fc%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dattd%26zw&sig=AHIEtbSBkiXdhHcPAnrcy4Giyj5dBqFP0Q

4) OPEN LETTER/OIA REQUEST TO ALL THE FOLLOWING TWENTY NATIONAL PARTY CABINET MINISTERS WHO SUPPORT WATER PRIVATISATION, AS PER THE FOLLOWING CABINET DECISIONS OF 27 OCTOBER 2009:

“6 November 2009
OPEN LETTER/OIA REQUEST TO ALL THE FOLLOWING TWENTY NATIONAL PARTY CABINET MINISTERS WHO SUPPORT WATER PRIVATISATION, AS PER THE FOLLOWING CABINET DECISIONS OF 27 OCTOBER 2009:
Please note that this is an individual OIA request to EACH of  you as a National Party Cabinet Minister.
1. Hon John Key
Prime Minister
Minister of Tourism
2. Hon Bill English
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Finance
Minister for Infrastructure
3. Hon Gerry Brownlee
Minister for Economic Development
Minister of Energy and Resources
4.Hon Simon Power
Minister of Justice
Minister for State Owned Enterprises
Minister of Commerce
5. Hon Tony Ryall
Minister of Health
Minister of State Services
6. Hon Dr Nick Smith
Minister for the Environment
Minister for Climate Change Issues
Minister for ACC
7. Hon Judith Collins
Minister of Police
Minister of Corrections
Minister of Veterans’ Affairs
8. Hon Anne Tolley
Minister of Education
Minister for Tertiary Education
9. Hon Christopher Finlayson
Attorney-General
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage
10. Hon David Carter
Minister of Agriculture
Minister for Biosecurity
Minister of Forestry
11. Hon Murray McCully
Minister of Foreign Afairs
Minister for Sport and Recreation
12. Hon Tim Groser
Minister of Trade
Minister of Conservation
13. Hon Dr Wayne Mapp
Minister of Defence
Minister of Research, Science and Technology
14. Hon Steven Joyce
Minister of Transport
Minister for Communications and Information Technology
15. Hon Georgina te Heuheu
Minister for Courts
Minister of Pacific Island Affairs
Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control
16. Hon Paula Bennett
Minister for Social Development and Employment
Minister of Youth Affairs
17.  Hon Phil Heatley
Minister of Fisheries
Minister of Housing
18. Hon Pansy Wong
Minister for Ethnic Affairs
Minister of Women’s Affairs
19. Hon Dr Johnathon Coleman
Minister of Immigration
Minister of Broadcasting
20. Hon Kate Wilkinson
Minister of Labour
Minister for Food Safety
BACKGROUND:
On 27 October 2009, you twenty above-named National Party Cabinet Ministers agreed to support the following changes to the Local Government Act 2002, which, if implemented, will establish the legislative framework to make it for easier for water services throughout New Zealand to be privatised:
The ‘Cabinet Paper’, presented by Rodney Hide on 28 October 2009, entitled:
“Decisions for better transparency, accountablility and financial management of local government”,
“Flexibility in delvery of water services” (pg 6) - states:
“Issue
Local councils are elected to govern.
They are responsible to the law, and to their electors.
In deciding on any restrictions on councils’ activities, central government needs to ensure that a balance between the public interest and the ability to act on behalf of their people is maintained.
The present law restricts councils from structuring their water services in a way that best meets ratepayers’ and residents’ needs and preferences.  The current restrictions reduce councils’ flexibility to choose effective and efficient delivery methods for water services.
The Government has decided on changes that will allow for more use of public-private partnerships in the construction and operation of water and wastewater plants.  Build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) schemes become more feasible, but ownership of assets would revert to councils at the end of any agreement, thus retaining ultimate public ownership.  These changes do not affect the the other rules around asset ownership.
Decisions
The following legislative changes will be made:
  • extend the 15-year limit on water services contracts and joint arrangements with the private sector to 35 years, which makes these arrangements more workable
  • allow water services arrangements to include BOOT schemes by allowing ownership of infrastructure by the private sector during the contract period
  • repeal the provisions that require councils entering into a contract or joint arrangement with the private sector to retain control over  the management of water services (control over pricing and policy to be retained by councils).”
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PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
1) All/any information upon which you are relying which confirms how these proposed legislative changes to facilitate water privatisation serve the ‘public interest’ of the majority of citizens and ratepayers as opposed to the ‘private interests’ of those who own /operate and/or manage the water services ‘contracting companies’ – (including water multinationals such as Veolia who own United Water.)
2) All/any information upon which you are relying which provides the conclusive EVIDENCE that such legislative changes to facilitate water privatisation, as proposed, including the PPP /BOOT model are in fact more ‘effective’ and ‘efficient’ delivery methods for water services.
(Please be reminded that there has NEVER been any form of ‘cost-benefit analysis’ for the Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) ‘commercialised’ model for water services - this matter currently is tabled as an ‘Item of Business’ before the Local Government and Environment Select Committee, being Petition  2008/18, which:
“respectfully requests that the House of Representatives note that 120 people have signed a petition Requesting that there be no legislative change to enact recommendation 21A of the Report of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance that:
“All Auckland Council’s major commercial trading and infrastructure activities should be undertaken through CCOs” until an independent cost-benefit analysis confirms the cost-effectiveness of the CCO model (particularly for water services) for the majority of citizens and ratepayers.” )
3)  All/any information upon which you are relying which confirms that  these proposed legislative changes to facilitate water privatisation are being ‘triggered’ by ratepayers and residents, as opposed to privately-owned water services providers, and those whose role it is to facilitate ‘Public-Private-Partnerships’ for water services.
ie: WHO WANTS and is pushing  for the privatisation of New Zealand water services?
4) Please provide all/any information which confirms that you, as a Cabinet Minister:
a) Were made aware of the fact that private water company United Water International Pty, which currently has seven contracts with Councils in New Zealand, is being sued  by the Crown Solicitor for the State of South Australia, in the matter between:
SA WATER CORPORATION v UNITED WATER INTERNATIONAL PTY ACN 069471334
in the Supreme Court of South Australia.
‘In brief, UNITED WATER INTERNATIONAL PTY, is being sued by SA WATER CORPORATION, for alleged ‘breach of contract’, and ‘misleading and deceptive conduct’,  for failing to disclose, when calculating its profit on ‘Lump Sum Charges’, all its corporate overhead costs for United Water’s other operations (including in New Zealand and Ballarat).’
b) and that you as a Cabinet Minister, applied due diligence and gave due consideration to this fact before arriving at the above-mentioned Cabinet decision to facilitate privatisation of water services in New Zealand.
Following is a copy of the ‘Open Letter’ which was emailed to the Minister of Local Government on Tuesday 29 September 2009, and the list of people to whom it was copied – including the following Cabinet Ministers:
Penny Bright <waterpressure@gmail.com> Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 3:21 PM
Cc: j.carter@ministers.govt.nz, chris.auchinvole@parliament.govt.nz, cam.calder@national.org.nz, david.garrett@parliament.govt.nz, george.hawkins@parliament.govt.nz, shane.jones@parliament.govt.nz, rahui.katene@parliament.govt.nz, nikki.kaye@parliament.govt.nz, sue.kedgley@parliament.govt.nz, phil.twyford@parliament.govt.nz, louise.upston@parliament.govt.nz, Nicky Hager <nicky@paradise.net.nz>, jackie.blue@parliament.govt.nz, john.boscawen@parliament.govt.nz, Sue Bradford <sue.bradford@parliament.govt.nz>, simon.bridges@parliament.govt.nz, Hone Harawira <hone.harawira@parliament.govt.nz>, Tau Henare <tau.henare@parliament.govt.nz>, sua.william.sio@parliament.govt.nz, Russel Norman <russel.norman@parliament.govt.nz>, jeanette.fitzsimons@parliament.govt.nz, metiria.turei@parliament.govt.nz, j.collins@ministers.govt.nz, s.power@ministers.govt.nz, c.finlayson@ministers.govt.nz, w.mapp@ministers.govt.nz, j.key@ministers.govt.nz, b.english@ministers.govt.nz, Carol Beaumont <carol.beaumont@parliament.govt.nz>, jim.anderton@parliament.govt.nz, bill.burrill@arc.govt.nz, ccarter@calaw.co.nz, christine.rose@arc.govt.nz, christine@rankingroup.co.nz, dianne.glenn@arc.govt.nz, jancolin@ihug.co.nz, joel.cayford@arc.govt.nz, judith.bassett@xtra.co.nz, otunnz@nznet.gen.nz, s_coney@xtra.co.nz, Mike Lee <mike.lee@arc.govt.nz>, cr.baguley@aucklandcity.govt.nz, cr.bhatnagar@aucklandcity.govt.nz, cr.christian@aucklandcity.govt.nz, cr.donnelly@aucklandcity.govt.nz, cr.easte@aucklandcity.govt.nz, cr.goldsmith@aucklandcity.govt.nz, cr.hay@aucklandcity.govt.nz, cr.lotu-iiga@aucklandcity.govt.nz, cr.millar@aucklandcity.govt.nz, cr.moyle@aucklandcity.govt.nz, cr.raffills@aucklandcity.govt.nz, mayor@aucklandcity.govt.nz, “Cr Armstrong, Douglas” <cr.armstrong@aucklandcity.govt.nz>, “Cr Boyle, Leila” <cr.boyle@aucklandcity.govt.nz>, “Cr Casey, Cathy” <cr.casey@aucklandcity.govt.nz>, “Cr Fryer, Glenda” <cr.fryer@aucklandcity.govt.nz>, “Cr Mulholland, Graeme” <cr.mulholland@aucklandcity.govt.nz>, “Cr Northey, Richard” <cr.northey@aucklandcity.govt.nz>, “Cr Roche, Denise” <cr.roche@aucklandcity.govt.nz>, arthur.anae@xtra.co.nz, blkalf@xtra.co.nz, botany@michaelwilliams.co.nz, brown@manukau.govt.nz, d.collings@xtra.co.nz, d.newman@orcon.net.nz, dick.quax@xtra.co.nz, gtroup@xtra.co.nz, hugh_henrygraham@yahoo.com, info@stirrups.co.nz, jross@jami-leeross.com, maggiewb@clear.net.nz, mayor@manukau.govt.nz, sharonstewart@xtra.co.nz, sw.sio@xtra.co.nz, thebrowns@colbar.co.nz, Bob Wichman <bobwichman@woosh.co.nz>, Sylvia Taylor <sylviataylor@xtra.co.nz>, andrew.williams@northshorecity.govt.nz, ann.hartley@northshorecity.govt.nz, callum.blair@northshorecity.govt.nz, chris.darby@northshorecity.govt.nz, dianne.hale@northshorecity.govt.nz, grantgillon@ihug.co.nz, heather.brown@northshorecity.govt.nz, jan.o’connor@northshorecity.govt.nz, joy.brett@northshorecity.govt.nz, ken.mckay@northshorecity.govt.nz, kevin.schwass@northshorecity.govt.nz, lisa.whyte@northshorecity.govt.nz, margaret.miles@northshorecity.govt.nz, parfitt.associates@xtra.co.nz, Tony Holman <tony.holman@northshorecity.govt.nz>, Vivienne Keohane <vivienne.keohane@northshorecity.govt.nz>, brentc@win.co.nz, cconroy@xtra.co.nz, cpenrose@papakura.govt.nz, katrinapiggott@yahoo.com, kiwisuperscope@xtra.co.nz, owenpringle@xtra.co.nz, p.j.jones@xtra.co.nz, pcgt.goldsmith@xtra.co.nz, sattl@xtra.co.nz, dh.parker@xtra.co.nz, gaye.harding@rodney.govt.nz, grevwalker@clear.net.nz, john.kirikiri@rodney.govt.nz, june.turner@rodney.govt.nz, michael.goudie@gmail.com, pdel@xtra.co.nz, penny.webster@rodney.govt.nz, powellg@xtra.co.nz, ross.craig@rodney.govt.nz, suzanne.weld@rodney.govt.nz, zane.taylor@rodney.govt.nz, Wayne Walker <wayne@waynewalker.co.nz>, bruce.robertson@oag.govt.nz, phillippa.smith@oag.govt.nz, tinz@paradise.net.nz, Transparency International <ti@transparency.org>, Rosslyn Noonan <rosslynn@hrc.co.nz>, Sylvia Bell <sylviab@hrc.co.nz>, michaelW@hrc.co.nz, emma.miles@police.govt.nz, “andrew.coster” <Andrew.Coster@police.govt.nz>, “mike.webb” <Mike.Webb@police.govt.nz>, “Bernard.Orsman@nzherald.co.nz” <bernard.orsman@nzherald.co.nz>, bernard.hickey@interest.co.nz, Fran O’Sullivan <fran.osullivan@xtra.co.nz>, audrey.young@nzherald.co.nz, john.armstrong@nzherald.co.nz, phil kitchin <phil.kitchin@dompost.co.nz>, philt@times.co.nz, imogen.neale@snl.co.nz, Ian Wishart <ian@investigatemagazine.com>, editor <editor@uncensored.co.nz>, willie@newstalkzb.co.nz, jtamihere@radiolive.co.nz, keith@truewines.co.nz, keith.locke@parliament.govt.nz, janderson@nbr.co.nz, “Anthony Hubbard (SUN)” <anthony.hubbard@star-times.co.nz>
29 September 2009
OPEN LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT RODNEY HIDE -
RE: INVESTIGATION OF NZ UNITED WATER CONTRACTS
Dear Minister,
Attached to this email is a copy of the ‘Statement of Claim’, filed on behalf of the Plaintiff, SA Water Corporation, by the Crown Solicitor for the State of South Australia, in the matter between:
SA WATER CORPORATION v UNITED WATER INTERNATIONAL PTY ACN 069471334
in the Supreme Court of South Australia.
In brief, UNITED WATER INTERNATIONAL PTY, is being sued by SA WATER CORPORATION, for alleged ‘breach of contract’, and ‘misleading and deceptive conduct’,  for failing to disclose, when calculating its profit on ‘Lump Sum Charges’, all its corporate overhead costs for United Water’s other operations (including in New Zealand and Ballarat).
This is allegedly in breach of clauses 8 and 14 of the Contract and clause 2(c) of Schedule E to the Contract (which only entitle United Water to charge for costs incurred by it in rendering the Services to SA Water.
These are significant and serious charges.
“The remedies sought are:
1) A order setting aside the 2003 Contract under Section 87 of the Trade Practices Act, 1974 (Cth) and Section 85 of the Fair Trading Act (SA) and for misrepresentation.
2) Damages for breach of Contract.
3.Damages pursuant to Section 82 of the Trade Practices Act, 1974 (Cth).
4) Damages pursuant to Section 84 of the Fair Trading Act, 1987 (SA).
5) Damages pursuant to Section 7 of the Misrepresentation Act, 1972 (SA).
6) Further or in the alternative, orders as the Court think appropriate pursuant to Section 87 of Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) and Section 85 of the Fair Trading Act, 1987 (SA) to compensate SA Water for the loss and damage sufered by reason of the conduct of United Water in contravention of Section 52 of Trade Practices Act, 1974 (Cth) and Section 56 of the Fair Trading Act, 1987 (SA).
7. Interest.
8. Costs.
9. Further or other relief as the Court thinks fit.”
A) Please advise as Minister of Local Government, which is the most appropriate body/authority to investigate:
1) Each of the following United Water contracts in order to establish that they were not based on fraudulent and misrepresented pricing, which, as I understand it, would, if proven, be grounds for the ‘setting aside’ of the following United Water New Zealand contracts.
a) Papakura Concession
b) Ruapehu Operations and Maintenance
c) Thames Coromandel Operations and Maintenance
d) Wellington Wastewater Treatment Plants
e) Waitomo Operations and Maintenance
f)  Franklin Operations and Maintenance
g) Queenstown Operations and Maintenance
2) The role played, (if any) by employees of Watercare Services Ltd, in the securing of these United Water New Zealand contracts, particularly that of the ex-Mayor of Papakura District Council, Mr David Hawkins, now ‘Corporate Liaison Manager’ for Watercare Services, (currently seconded to work for the Auckland Transition Agency),who played a significant role in the establishing of the United Water (Papakura) contract in 1997.
Yours sincerely,
Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ for Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
Ph (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127
sawater sclaim.pdf
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5) In the interests of ‘open, transparent and democratically accountable’ government – please provide the names of any/all  groups / organisations/ individuals; and minutes/emails reports/ records of any/all meetings or discussions pertaining to the ‘lobbying’ of yourself, in your capacity as a Cabinet Minister for any of these above-mentioned proposed legislative changes to facilitate water privatisation.
6) Please provide a declaration of any interests (pecuniary or non-pecuniary), you have in the following:
a) Any privately-owned water services provider.
b) Any company that is or could be involved in the building or construction of water and wastewater treatment plants.
c) Any company that has any form of involvement in the procurement or facilitation of ‘Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) for infrastructure including water services, including accountancy, legal, consultancy advisory role.
7) Please provide a declaration of any interests (pecuniary or non-pecuniary), all/any of your Ministerial staff have in the following:
a) Any privately-owned water services provider.
b) Any company that is or could be involved in the building or construction of water and wastewater treatment plants.
c) Any company that has any form of involvement in the procurement or facilitation of ‘Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) for infrastructure, particularly water services, including lobbying,accountancy, legal, consultancy, or advisory roles.
8) Please provide a declaration of any interests (pecuniary or non-pecuniary), all/any of staff employed by the Department of Internal Affairs (including consultants/private contractors) have in the following:
a) Any privately-owned water services provider.
b) Any company that is or could be involved in the building or construction of water and wastewater treatment plants.
c) Any company that has any form of involvement in the procurement or facilitation of ‘Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) for infrastructure particularly water services, including lobbying,accountancy, legal, consultancy, or advisory roles.
Yours sincerely,
Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ for Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”
Ph (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127
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5) ‘STANDARD’ OIA REPLIES FROM ALL TWENTY NATIONAL PARTY CABINET MINISTERS, INCLUDING PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY:
WPG WATER PRIVATISATION UNITED WATER OIA REPLY FROM JOHN KEY RE WATER PRIVATISATION 19 November 2009.pdf 164K

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Your Request Numbered 4

4) Please provide all/any information which confirms that you, as a Cabinet Minister:
(a) Were made aware of the fact that private water company United Water International Pty, which currently has seven contracts with Councils in New Zealand, is being sued by the Crown Solicitor for the State of South Australia…
in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

The only information identified as coming within the scope of this part of your request is the email you sent to the Prime Minister’s email address, the content of which you copied into your request.

(b) and that you as a Cabinet Minister, applied due diligence and gave due consideration to this fact before arriving at the above-mentioned Cabinet decision to facilitate privatisation of water services in New Zealand.

I can assure you that the Prime Minister is extremely diligent and gives due consideration to every matter considered by Cabinet.

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Your Requests Numbered 1-3

1) All/any information upon which you are relying which confirms how these proposed legislative changes to facilitate water privatisation serve the ‘public interest’ of the majority of citizens and ratepayers as opposed to the ‘private interests’ of those who own/operate and/ or manage the water services ‘contracting companies’ – (including water multinationals such as Veolia who own United Water).

2) All.any information upon which you are relying which provides the conclusive EVIDENCE that such legislative changes to facilitate water privatisation, as proposed, including the PPP/BOOT model are in fact more ‘effective’ and ‘efficient’ delivery methods for water services.

3) All/any information upon which you are relying which confirms that these proposed legislative changes to facilitate water privatisation are being ‘triggered’ by ratepayers and residents, as opposed to privately-owned water services providers, and those whose role it is to facilitate ‘Public Private partnerships for water services. ie WHO WANTS and is pushing for the privatisation of New Zealand water services?

Information relating to water infrastructure regulation in the Local Government Act was provided to Cabinet by the Minister of Local Gvoernment. These first three questions appear to be more closely connected to the responsibilities of the Minister of Local Government.  Accordingly, I am transferring yout request to the Minister’s Office under section 14 of the Official Information Act.

6) REPLY FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER RODNEY HIDE
DATED 10 DECEMBER 2009

WPG WATER PRIVATISATION CABINET OIAs Rodney Hide 10 Dec 2009.pdf 83K

10 December 2009

Official Information Act request

I refer to your requests of 6 November 2009 to the Prime Minister, Hon Simon Power, Hon Dr Nick Smith and hon David Carter for information relating to proposed changes to aspects of the local Government Act 2002 and water infrastructure.  Questions one, two and three of these requests have been transferred to me, udner section 14 of the Official Information and Meetings Act 1982 (the Act), as these questions relate more closely to my responsibilities as Minister of Local Government.

I understand that other Ministers to whom you addressed your request have written to you directly advising you that as the Prime Minister has already transferred questions one to three to me, there does not appear to be any advantage to you in making additional transfers.

You have asked for the following information:

  • All/any information upon which you are relying which confirms how these proposed legislative changes to facilitate water privatisation serve the ‘public interest’ of the majority of citizens and ratepayers as opposed to the ‘private interests’ of those who own/operate and/ or manage the water services ‘contracting companies’ – (including water multinationals such as Veolia who own United Water).
  • All.any information upon which you are relying which provides the conclusive EVIDENCE that such legislative changes to facilitate water privatisation, as proposed, including the PPP/BOOT model are in fact more ‘effective’ and ‘efficient’ delivery methods for water services.
  • All/any information upon which you are relying which confirms that these proposed legislative changes to facilitate water privatisation are being ‘triggered’ by ratepayers and residents, as opposed to privately-owned water services providers, and those whose role it is to facilitate ‘Public Private partnerships for water services. ie WHO WANTS and is pushing for the privatisation of New Zealand water services?

I advise you that the proposed legislative changes do not facilitate water privatisation.  Therefore, no information relating to these parts of your request has been identified.
I am, accordingly declining these parts of your request under section 18(e) of the Act because the information requested does not exist.
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7) DEFINITION OF WATER PRIVATISATION WHICH CONFIRM THAT IT COVERS BOTH THE OPERATION/MANAGEMENT OF WATER SERVICES ASSETS AS WELL AS ‘OWNERSHIP.”

http://www.ppiaf.org/documents/e-book_PSP_Impact_Electricity_Water_Distribution.pdf

Does Private Sector Participation Improve Performance in Electricity
and Water Distribution?

Katharina Gassner

Pg 3

Differentiation by Contract Type

Much past research has concentrated on “pure privatization”—permanent
private control over business assets and associated rights.

But because of natural monopoly features and social and political considerations, full divestiture of assets is rare in electricity and especially so in water and sanitation.

The study therefore examines the broad range of legal arrangements for involving the private sector—management and lease contracts, concessions, and partial as well as full divestitures—using the transfer of operating rights to determine whether a utility is privately operated.

The results are differentiated by type of contract. The strength of the PSP
impact is expected to vary by contract type, and the predominant type differs
by sector: divestitures (full and partial) account for most PSP cases in electricity
distribution, and concessions account for most in water and sanitation.”

WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING FROM THE LONG-TERM LEASE OF THE PIPES
THE PUBLIC HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR?

Back to the public or the private ‘operators’?

Follow the income stream………………

Who ‘owns’ the ‘own’ part of the BOOT scheme?

(BOOT – “Build Own Operate Transfer”)

8) OFFICIAL INFORMATION ACT REQUESTS TO SEVEN NEW ZEALAND COUNCILS WHO HAVE UNITED WATER CONTRACTS:

a) Papakura Concession
b) Ruapehu Operations and Maintenance
c) Thames Coromandel Operations and Maintenance
d) Wellington Wastewater Treatment Plants
e) Waitomo Operations and Maintenance
f)  Franklin Operations and Maintenance
g) Queenstown Operations and Maintenance

On 27 April 2010, I sent essentially the same OIA request  to each of the above-mentioned Councils with United Water contracts.

Following is the letter sent to Ruapehu District Council:

“27 April 2010 

Ruapehu District Council
CEO
David Hammond

URGENT’ OPEN LETTER/ OIA REQUEST TO THE CEO OF THE WAITOMO DISTRICT COUNCIL
RE: UNITED WATER CONTRACT:

Dear David,

Under the ‘urgency’ provisions of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 , I require this information by Tuesday 4 May 2010 5pm.

This is because I have been asked to give evidence by the Local Government and Environment Select Committee by 7 May 2010 in support of  the following petition:

Petition 2008/60 of Penelope Mary Bright and 171 others, presented by Su’a William Sio, on 9 December 2009 – referred to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

“Requesting that the House of Representatives do not implement any legislative changes to the Local Government Act 2002 which would make it easier to privatise water services via changes to ‘contracting out’, and ‘Public Private Partnership’ (PPP) provisions, until a full and thorough independent investigation of the pricing practices of private water company United Water’s seven contracts in New Zealand has been undertaken.”
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BACKGROUND PROVIDED BY UNITED WATER 

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Our services

Veolia Water operates more than 4,400 contracts in 64 countries, providing water and wastewater services to more than 139 million people.

Founded more than 150 years ago in France and originally known as Compagnie Générale des Eaux, Veolia Water is the worldwide leader in water services, employing more than 93,000 people.

Veolia Water’s expertise covers each stage of water cycle management including:

  • Managing the operations and maintenance of water and wastewater services as outsourced by public authorities and industry
  • Designing, building and supplying water equipment, systems and treatment facilities

Veolia Water also supports sustainable development to conserve water resources and provides the capabilities to establish alternative water sources.

Veolia Water is the water division of the world leader in environmental services, Veolia Environnement – which offers solutions in waste management, energy and transport.

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PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

1) Copies of the ‘public advertisments’ (if any) for the ‘Request For Tender’, prior to the awarding of this contract to United Water, which confirm that the ‘tender process’ was open.

2) Copies of the ‘request for tender’ from the Ruapehu District Council to potential contractors/suppliers,  which confirm that the ‘tender process’ was open to other contractors than just United Water.

3) Copies of the ‘Terms of tender’.

4) Information which confirms the  names and positions of those who  drew up the tender document (s).

5) Information which confirms the names and positions of those who evaluated the tenders.

6) Documentation which explained the roles and responsibilities of each tender evaluation committee member at that time.

7) Documentation which explained the roles and responsibilities of the tender evaluation committee convenor at that time.

8) Information which confirms the documenting of  a ‘Register of Interests’ (or the like), for those involved in drawing up the tender document(s), and those involved in evaluating and awarding the tender(s), in order to establish that there were no ‘conflicts of interest’.

9) A copy of the ‘Evaluation Matrix’, (or equivalent document), including an explanation of how the ‘tenders’ were scored.

10) A copy of the information which outlines the processes involved in signing the Evaluation Matrix’, (or equivalent document).

11) A copy of the signed Evaluation Matrix’, (or equivalent document.

12) A copy of the information which outlines the processes involved in preparing report recommending the preferred tender.

13) A copy of the report recommending the preferred tender.

14) A copy of the ‘Agreement and contract’.

15) A copy of the ‘Terms of contract’.

16) Copies of any subsequent contract variations

17) Copies of  full financial statements i.e. Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet from United Water, on an annual basis, since the awarding of this contract.

18) All information (if any) pertaining to all/any ‘lobbying’ by any person or any agent acting for United Water/Veolia   in order to assist their bid for this contract, including but not limited to: meeting minutes/reports/ letters/emails/recorded telephone conversations.

19) All information (if any) pertaining to all/any ‘lobbying’, by any person or any agent of Watercare Services Ltd, in particular, but not limited to Mark Ford, David Hawkins, or Graham Wood, in order to assist United Water /Veolia in their bid for this contract.

20) Copies of any/all audit documents regarding the tendering process and awarding of this contract to United Water by:

a) Council’s internal auditing body.
b) The Office of the Auditor General.

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bright

Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”

Ph (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127                                                   http://waterpressure.wordpress.com
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9) RESPONSES FROM NEW COUNCILS WITH UNITED WATER CONTRACTS:

(I can provide this evidence for the Select Committee.)

a) Papakura Concession
Have provided electronic copies of the original contract and variations.

b) Ruapehu Operations and Maintenance
Have provided over 600 hard copy pages of documentation, including evidence that United Water put in the cheapest tender and won the contract in 2002.

(Did United Water misrepresent their pricing in order to win this contract?)

c) Thames Coromandel Operations and Maintenance
Have yet to provide any information – they want to charge for information.

d) Wellington Wastewater Treatment Plants
Have provided electronic copies of information.
e) Waitomo Operations and Maintenance

Have yet to provide any information – want to charge for information.

f)  Franklin Operations and Maintenance

Have yet to provide any information.

g) Queenstown Operations and Maintenance

Have provided electronic copies of some information relating to tendering for contract.

10) UPDATE FROM AUSTRALIA REGARDING DEVELOPMENTS WITH UNITED WATER SOUTH AUSTRALIA COURT CASE.

I contacted a South Australian Reporter from ‘The Australian’ who emailed me the following copy of this article which he wrote:

“Hi Penny, as discussed, latest article in the local paper here. My details are below. Please email me details of your case. Cheers

The Advertiser, Edition 1 – State THU 08 APR 2010, Page 020

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Anti-Corruption campaigner Penny Bright to stand in the Botany by-election 2011.



Anti-Corruption campaigner Penny Bright to stand in the Botany by-election 2011.

15 December 201

“If this National/ACT Government thought that the departure of Pansy Wong would switch the light off the corruption issue – they could not have been more mistaken,” says Water Pressure Spokesperson and ‘anti-corruption campaigner, Penny Bright.

“I will be standing as an independent candidate in the Botany by-election on an anti-corruption / pro(GENUINE) transparency platform, in order to focus as big a public spotlight as possible on these issues.”

“An outline of that platform – is attached.

It is the NZ ‘Corruption Reality Checklist’ that I prepared and distributed at the recent Transparency International 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Bangkok 10 -13  November 2010.”

“It is high time that New Zealand  got our domestic ‘House’ in order, and established the legislative framework to prevent and fight corruption, whilst promoting and ensuring transparency and accountability in local and central government and within the judiciary.”

“It is my prediction that the up-coming Botany by-election will assist this process, which, in my considered opinion, is LONG overdue.”

“It is also my prediction that these anti-corruption issues raised in the Botany by-election will have an impact on the 2011 General Election.”

“I will also be addressing issues concerning transparency, ‘conflicts of interest’ and ‘democratic accountability’, with the Auckland Council, at the Auckland Town Hall, Thursday 16 December 2010 at 10am.

http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/meetings_agendas/governing_body/Pages/home.aspx

“Open Agenda

Governing Body

16 December 2010

8   Deputations

8.1  Deputation – Ms Penny Bright

Executive Summary

Ms Penny Bright wishes to speak about the serious lack of transparency regarding information (not) being made available to citizens and ratepayers of the Auckland region, developments with the ‘railroading’ of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2010 and implications regarding the application of ‘due diligence’ to the current seven New Zealand United Water contracts and the continuing persecution of Water Pressure Group members over disputed water services accounts.”

 

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance.

‘Anti-corruption campaigner’.
Attendee: Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2009
Attendee: Transparency International 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2010

Auckland Mayoral candidate 2010

Candidate Botany by-election 2011

Ph (09) 846 9825

021 211 4 127

http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

ORIGINATING REQUEST FOR ‘SPEAKING RIGHTS’


6 December 2010

Auckland Council Mayor
Len Brown

Dear Len,

I am requesting ‘speaking rights’ at the next meeting of Auckland Council to be held on Thursday 16 December 2010, under provision SO 3.20.1 of Auckland Council Standing Orders, as advised by  Auckland Council Democracy Services Advisor, Mike Giddey:

“In essence SO 3.20.1 says deputations may be received provided an application has been lodged with the Chief Executive at least 7 working days before the date of the meeting concerned and has been subsequently approved by the Chairperson (Mayor).

As you said on the phone your best bet would be to lodge your application with me and I will forward it to the Chief Executive and the Mayor for approval.”
SUBJECT MATTER:

1) Having just returned from Transparency International’s
14th International Anti-Corruption Conference
(10 – 13 November 2010), I wish to raise with the Auckland Council, the  serious lack of  ‘transparency’ regarding information (not) being made available to citizens and ratepayers of the Auckland region.

[Please be reminded that New Zealand is 'perceived'  to be the least corrupt country in the world (along with Denmark and Singapore).  Arguably - New Zealand should therefore be the 'most transparent'?]

a) The failure of former Executive Chair of the Auckland Transition Agency  – Mark Ford, to provide information requested under the OIA, on 25 June 2010, on any of the following matters relating to his appointment of known ‘water privatisers’ involved with United Water to key ‘Executive staff’ positions at Watercare, and related matters:
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25 June 2010

Executive Chair
Auckland Transition Agency (ATA)
Mark Ford

OPEN LETTER/OIA REQUEST TO MARK FORD, EXECUTIVE CHAIR OF THE AUCKLAND TRANSITION AUTHORITY (ATA)

Dear Mark,


Just in case you are unable for any reason to accept the invitation to attend the Public Meeting to be held on Monday 5 July 2010, from 7.30 – 9.30pm at the Freemans Bay Community Centre, calling for an investigation of the 7 United Water New Zealand contracts, can you please provide the following information by 5pm Friday 2 July 2010:


A) Information which explains  why you, when CEO of Watercare Services Ltd,  appointed known water privatiser, ex-Mayor of Papakura, David Hawkins, to the position of Corporate Liaison Manager for Watercare Services in 2000.

B) Information which confirms that you were aware of the Report of the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), in 1998, which was critical of a number of key aspects of the ‘Papakura franchise’, signed by David Hawkins as Mayor of Papakura in April 1997:

(These shortcomings were referred to in this recent ‘Regulatory Impact Statement’

www.dia.govt.nz/Pubforms.nsf/URL/Water_RIS…/Water_RIS_2010.doc


“REMOVING BARRIERS TO WATER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 2002 – REGULATORY IMPACT STATEMENT:

34. A potential risk is that councils lack expertise in the area of PPPs and other concession arrangements, and that developing such arrangements requires specialist skills.  This was suggested in reports by the Auditor-General on the Papakura franchise agreement and the Wellington DBMO arrangement.[1]


35. In Papakura, for example, the Auditor-General noted that:

·the Council relied on limited internal and local expertise when setting up the agreement and it was not reviewed by an external expert;

·the franchise agreement inadequately documents the franchisee’s obligations to release particular information to the Council;

·the franchise agreement focused on performance indicators relating to price and quality, but indicators for customer service and asset management and development were not well defined; and

·there was a lack of agreement between the parties about how the condition of the infrastructure would be measured over the duration of the franchise – no baseline was established and an asset management plan was not undertaken.



[1] Controller and Auditor-General – 2006 report, as above; plus Report on Papakura District Council:

Water and Wastewater franchise, April 1998.  “

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C) Information which explains  why you, when CEO of Watercare Services Ltd, appointed Graham Wood, to the position of General Manager Operations of Watercare Services,(in or about 2007), and what steps you took to:

1) Inform all elected representatives that made up the Watercare Shareholders Representative Group (SRG),  of Graham Wood’s  former position as the former Managing Director of United Water South Australia,

2) Inform the public of Graham Wood’s  former position as the former Managing Director of United Water South Australia.

D) Information which explains the role played by David Hawkins and/or Graham Wood (if any) whilst working for Watercare  in the securing  of any NZ United Water contracts.

E) Information which explains why, on the Watercare Services Ltd website, when you were CEO, there was no section which covered the Watercare Shareholders Group, to make the following information publicly available: SRG meeting minutes;  SRG reports ; information about which elected representatives were actually members of the SRG, and the like.

F)  Disclosure of   all / any interests (if any) you had or may have, either pecuniary or non-pecuniary with:

1) United Water;
2) Veolia Water,
3) Past or current members of the World Bank, including, but not limited to David Shand, the Head of the Rates Inquiry and one of the three Commissioners on the Royal commission of Inquiry into Auckland Regional Governance

G) Disclosure of all / any interests (if any) you had or may have,  either pecuniary or non-pecuniary with Veolia Transport, who have the contract with ARTA (of which you were Chair since 2007) to operate train services on the Auckland Passenger Rail Network.

( http://www.nzcid.org.nz/veoliatransport.html

VEOLIA TRANSPORT AUCKLAND

www.veoliatransport.co.nz

In 2004 Veolia Transport Auckland Limited was contracted to the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) to operate train services on the Auckland Passenger Rail Network.  The contract has subsequently been extended through to 2014.

VEOLIA TRANSPORT (WORLDWIDE)

www.veolia.com/en/group/activities/transport-management.aspx

Veolia Transport, as a leading private operator of public transport, manage over 2.63 billion trips per year globally, thereby decreasing traffic congestion, combating climate change and avoiding over 4.1 million tons of Co2.

Veolia Transport is part of Veolia Environnement the world’s leading environmental services company.


http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/mark+ford+lead+auckland+transition+agency

Mark Ford (Executive Chair)
CEO of Watercare Services Ltd since 1994 and Chairman of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority since 2007.  Previous roles have included CEO of Auckland Regional Services Trust and CEO of NZ Forestry Corporation. )

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H) Information which confirms your position, as Executive Chair of the Auckland Transition Agency, on the request for a ‘full and thorough independent investigation of the pricing practices of private water company United Water’s seven contractsas requested in the following:

Petition 2008/60,   presented by Su’a William Sio, on 9 December 2009:

“Requesting that the House of Representatives do not implement any legislative changes to the Local Government Act 2002 which would make it easier to privatise water services via changes to ‘contracting out’, and ‘Public Private Partnership’ (PPP) provisions, until a full and thorough independent investigation of the pricing practices of private water company United Water’s seven contracts in New Zealand has been undertaken.”

Of course, the preferred option would be for you, as Executive Chair of the Auckland Transition Agency (ATA)  to front this public meeting in person, but just in case you are unable to do so, I would like to have this information in writing to make it available to the public and media. 


Thanks.


Yours sincerely,

Penny Bright
Media spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”

AUCKLAND MAYORAL CANDIDATE

PH (09) 846 9825


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b) The declining of my OIA request dated 11 October 2010,  to the former Executive Chair of the Auckland Transition Agency  – Mark Ford – which requested information on rates expenditure in the Auckland region:

11 October 2010

OPEN LETTER/OIA REQUEST TO THE EXECUTIVE CHAIR OF  THE AUCKLAND TRANSITION AGENCY- MARK FORD:

Where EXACTLY are public rates monies being spent NOW across the Auckland region?

PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

1) On a Council by Council basis:

Franklin, Papakura, and Rodney District Councils;
Auckland, Manukau, Waitakere and North Shore City Councils;
Auckland Regional Council

Which services are:

a)  Currently provided ‘in-house’;
b)  Provided by a Council Controlled Organisation(CCO);
c)  Contracted out;
d)  Not Applicable (not provided by that Council)?

2) On a Council by Council basis:

Franklin, Papakura, and Rodney District Councils;
Auckland, Manukau, Waitakere and North Shore City Councils;
Auckland Regional Council

For each one of the 112 ‘Council service’s, on a ‘one-by-one’ basis, please provide the following information on those services  which have been ‘contracted out’:

a) The name of the contractor.
b) The length of the contract.
c) The value of the contract.
d) The general ‘scope’ of the contract.

The provision of this information will provide,  for the FIRST TIME, to citizens and ratepayers of the Auckland region, a very accurate and current picture of WHERE EXACTLY OUR  public rates monies are being spent.  ….”

_____________________________________________________

THIS OIA REQUEST WAS DECLINED:

“We hereby decline your request as information requested cannot be made available without substantial collation or research.”

Bruce Thomas
Public Information Manager
Auckland Transition Agency

(Please be reminded of the following statutory duty which arises from the Public Records Act 2005

http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2005/0040/latest/DLM345729.html?search=ts_act_Public+Records+Act+2005_resel&p=1#DLM345729

17 Requirement to create and maintain records
(1) Every public office and local authority must create and maintain full and accurate records of its affairs, in accordance with normal, prudent business practice, including the records of any matter that is contracted out to an independent contractor.
(2) Every public office must maintain in an accessible form, so as to be able to be used for subsequent reference, all public records that are in its control, until their disposal is authorised by or under this Act or required by or under another Act.
(3) Every local authority must maintain in an accessible form, so as to be able to be used for subsequent reference, all protected records that are in its control, until their disposal is authorised by or under this Act.

2) Developments with the ‘railroading’ of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2010, and implications regarding the application of  ‘due diligence’ to the current seven New Zealand United Water contracts.

(Please note that South Australia Water are NOT renewing their contract with United Water South Australia.)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/24/2935983.htm

United Water losing Adelaide contract

Posted Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:13pm AEST

United Water loses Adelaide contract (7pm TV News SA)

United Water and its 470 local workers have lost the contract to manage Adelaide pipe and sewerage network.

SA Water has decided not to shortlist the French-owned company for a new contract, due to start from the middle of next year.

The South Australian Government last year accused United Water of breaching its contract.

Treasurer Kevin Foley says people have been paying too much for their water.

“South Australian water users have paid more for water to the tune of tens of millions of dollars by a failed Liberal government water privatisation to the French,” he said.

A case went to court but both parties recently agreed to allow an independent expert to resolve their dispute.  ……………”

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3) The continuing persecution of Water Pressure Group members over disputed water services accounts.

(Please be advised that I have included detailed background information FYI which I do not intend to cover in full.
My proposed address to Council will be brief and to the point.)

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised Public Watchdog on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”.

Attendee: Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2009
Attendee: Transparency International’s 14th Anti-Corruption Conference 2010

http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

Ph (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127

Penny Bright

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10 December 2010

Mayor Len Brown,

Thank you for granting speaking rights at the Auckland Council meeting to be held on Thursday 16 December 2010 at 10am, Level 2, Reception Lounge, Auckland Town Hall.

Regards,

Penny

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised Public Watchdog on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”.

Attendee: Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2009
Attendee: Transparency International’s 14th Anti-Corruption Conference 2010

http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

Ph (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127

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On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 8:32 PM, Mike Giddey <Mike.Giddey@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz> wrote:

Dear Penny,
Your request to speak as a deputation at the next Governing Body meeting of Auckland Council has been granted by Mayor Len Brown.  The meeting is on Thursday, 16 December 2010 at 10 am in the Reception Lounge, Level 2 of the Auckland Town Hall and you have 10 minutes to address the meeting.
I confirm that I have provided a copy of your request to the Mayor and Councillors.
Regards,

Mike Giddey | Committee Secretary
Democracy Services
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Auckland Council, Level 14, Civic Building, 1 Greys Avenue, Auckland
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December 15, 2010 Posted by | Fighting corruption in NZ, Stop the $uper City, Transparency in Govt spending | Leave a comment

“Divine intervention and the Key welfare agenda” – isn’t it time to ‘CUT OUT THE CONTRACTORS’?

http://pundit.co.nz/content/divine-intervention-and-the-key-welfare-agenda#comment-5266

Divine intervention and the Key welfare agenda

by Sue Bradford

Comments from the Prime Minister suggest that the government’s willingness to act

tough on welfare may go a lot further than many expect.

What is the real Key agenda on welfare reform?

It could be a lot scarier than media commentators and the public think.

………………………………….  “

by Penny Bright on December 14, 2010

Where’s the Government ‘review’ on  corporate welfare beneficiaries of public monies?

Given the $30 billlion central government expenditure on ‘procurement’ – where’s the evidence /’cost-benefit’ analysis that private procurement of public services is a more ‘cost-effective’ use of public monies than former ‘in-house’ provision by central (and local) government?

Where’s the ‘review’ of the use of  consultants and private sector contractors across all state sectors?

Wouldn’t it save a small fortune if those private ‘piggies in the middle’ were cut out of the public trough?

Isn’t it time to ‘CUT OUT THE CONTRACTORS’?

Penny Bright

http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

December 14, 2010 Posted by | Fighting corruption in NZ, Transparency in Govt spending | Leave a comment

‘Open Letter’ /OIA to NZ Prime Minister John Key: ‘Corruption Risk Assessment(s)’ of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)

‘Open Letter’ /OIA to NZ Prime Minister John Key: ‘Corruption Risk Assessment(s)’ of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)

8 December 2010

‘Open Letter’ /OIA to NZ Prime Minister John Key

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)

Corruption Risk ‘Assessment’.

Dear Prime Minister,

I have recently returned from Transparency International’s 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Bangkok, where attendees  were told:

“..the global procurement market is $14 trillion and that the cost of corruption can add from five to twenty percent – and sometimes even more – to the cost.

The potential monetary loss  is staggering, as is the impact on the lives of citizens – those who depend on public services. …”

[Enhancing Procurement Integrity through Collective Action - Session information Pg 85 Conference Programme]

The figure we were quoted as the amount estimated to be lost in bribery and corruption was $2.5 trillion – $2,500 billion -

(which would be paid by those who were end users of these public services – the public).

“Where is the ‘cost-benefit analysis’ – where are the  facts and evidence which are being relied upon which prove that the private procurement of public services once provided ‘in-house’ by central and local government, is a more ‘cost-effective’ use of public monies  for the public majority?”

I asked this question at both the Transparency International Conference (both at workshop and plenary sessions), and at the TPPA ‘Horizontal Issues’ meeting on Monday morning 6 December 2010, (which apparently caused some consternation because, unbeknown to me, as a registered ‘stakeholder’  -  I wasn’t supposed to have been present.)

Although I have been given (verbal) assurances that such cost-benefit analysis’/  facts and evidence, proving the ‘cost-effectiveness’ of private procurement of public services exists – I still have yet to see any of it.

My concern is the continuing focus on the  procurement ‘process’, as opposed to the underpinning procurement ‘model’.

It seems clear to me – that if private procurement /’contracting-out’ of public services is arguably the the main underpinning source of bribery and corruption, (how is it decided who gets the contracts?), and there is no evidence that private procurement is a more ‘cost-effective’ use of public monies for the public majority than ‘in-house’ public provision at central and local government – then why are governments  continuing to go down this path, and use this model?

Where is the evidence that what is good for business (particularly big business) – is good for the public majority?

Where exactly are our public monies going, and  who is benefiting?

THE POSITION OF TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL ON PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE:

http://www.transparency.org/global_priorities/public_contracting/instruments/trade_agreements

“Corruption and a lack of transparency distort the potential benefits of trade.

Public procurement also plays a major role in international trade, increasingly becoming part of regional, multilateral and bilateral Trade Agreements’…”

CAN YOU PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

1)  Copies of all/any  ‘cost-benefit analyses’, since the introduction of the ‘neo-liberal’ / free market reforms introduced in New Zealand by the 1984- 1987 Labour Governments, (and continued by National Governments) which provide  the facts and evidence that prove that the private procurement of public services once provided ‘in-house’ by central and local government, is a more ‘cost-effective’ use of public monies  for the NZ public majority.

2) Copies of ‘briefing papers’ (or the like), provided to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff involved in the TPPA negotiations, relating to   ‘transparency’ and/or ‘anti-corruption’ safeguards, particularly in regards to  ‘procurement’ and ‘services’.

3) Copies of the ‘corruption risk assessments’ (or the like) of any aspect(s) of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that have been carried out by New Zealand, or any Governments or parties to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

4) Your explanation as to why New Zealand is the only country of those included in the proposed TPPA which has yet to ‘ratify’ the UN Convention Against Corruption  (UNCAC).

http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/treaties/CAC/signatories.html

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bright

Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘
Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
2010 Auckland Mayoral candidate.

‘Anti-Corruption campaigner’.
Attendee: Australian Public Sector  Anti-Corruption Conference  Brisbane 2009.
Attendee: Transparency International 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference Bangkok 2010.

Ph (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127

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