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

From: Richard MacLean
Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 3:43 PM
Subject: RE: ‘URGENT’ OPEN LETTER/ OIA REQUEST TO THE CEO OF THE WELLINGTON CITY COUNCIL RE: UNITED WATER CONTRACT

Dear Ms Bright
Thanks for your email. I’ll pass it on to our infrastructure management staff for a response.
regards
Richard MacLean – External Communications, Wellington City Council

From: Penny Bright [mailto:waterpressure@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 27 April 2010 14:11
To: Info at WCC

Subject: ‘URGENT’ OPEN LETTER/ OIA REQUEST TO THE CEO OF THE WELLINGTON CITY COUNCIL RE: UNITED WATER CONTRACT

27 April 2010

Wellington City Council
CEO
Gary Poole

URGENT’ OPEN LETTER/ OIA REQUEST TO THE CEO OF THE ‘WELLINGTON CITY’ COUNCIL
RE: UNITED WATER CONTRACT:

Dear Gary,

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.”
______________________________

BACKGROUND PROVIDED BY UNITED WATER

United Water provides wastewater services for 188,000 residents in Wellington,
operating two treatment plants including Moa Point WWTP adjacent Wellington Airport.

_____________________________________________________________
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.
______________________________________________________________

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 Wellington City 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 https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

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April 27, 2010 - Posted by | Fighting water privatisation in NZ

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