2009_nov_18_ombudsmen_response by KylieFowler


									         Office of the ySL Ombudsmen
                         Te Tari-o-Nga Kaitiaki Mana Tangata

OurRef: 133013 (C10867)
Contact: Letitia Parry

18 November 2009

Ms Kylie Fowler
322 Gore Street
Bluff 9814

Dear Ms Fowler

I have received a report on your complaint from the Invercargill City Council about
the refusal to release the information about the Bluff Swimming Pool. The
Council advised it was withholding agenda Items 16(d) and 16(j) on the grounds
of section 7(2)(i) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act
1987 (copy enclosed). The Chief Executive of the Council, Mr Richard King,
stated that it was necessary to withhold the information to enable the Council and
the Bluff Community Board to negotiate over the future of the pool without
prejudice or disadvantage. Further information has been requested from the
Council on its decision to withhold the information on this ground.

Your request for the information about the Bluff Community Charitable Trust has
also been discussed with the Council. The Council is further considering the
decision to withhold the information and will be contacting me about this request
in the near future.

I will keep you informed of progress.

Yours sincerely

Christopher l/ittlewood
Assistant Ombudsman

          6th Floor, 764 Colombo Street, P.O. Box 13482, Christchurch 8141, New Zealand
     Telephone (03)366 8556, Facsimile (03) 365 7935, Answerphone - complaints 0800 802 602
                              Website www.ombudsmen.parliament.nz

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