Can I just say a few things regarding the Official Information Act request to parliament by your paper (Cook Islands News, 27 September 2023).
I guess one can understand the work that staff have
got to go through and the need for a charge, in order to furnish that
But I would have thought in this modern day (with
computers and technology) that with a few clicks of a button and a number of
taps on the keyboard, that the information sought should really be at one’s
Over the years – as a former reporter and now a
writer/author – I have encountered frustration with government agencies in
terms of providing information for – what I believe have been – simple,
It doesn’t help when the public servant has this
‘aue tau e’ expression written right across his/her face!
It tells me one thing. The level of recordkeeping
in government agencies is pathetic. Here today, gone tomorrow. I always say to
people that it is easier to find information on a London Missionary Society
representative who lived here in the 1800s than it is to find out about a
prominent Cook Islander who has passed away since the time of
I have been dealing with a New Zealand government
ministry for the past 16 years and when I complained to the NZ Ombudsman in
2022 about the slowness of an information request – boy, did things
If I put in more than two requests per annum, then
I have to pay for anything after my first request.
The thing is that I can understand the need for
payment as the staff have to sort through paper records which are stored in its
archives, and belong to people who were part of the organisation over 50 years
Surely that is not the case with this request to
parliament. Or has there been so much travel this year that staff have run out
of storage space for the records, or, has everything had to be written in
Tangata Vainerere on 30/09/2023
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