Wellington City Council have denied an Official Information Act request from Thomas Beagle, who wanted to see the list of buildings in Wellington that were constructed in a similar way to the collapsed CTV building in Christchurch.
Why was it denied? Because someone at the Council deemed its release “would unreasonably prejudice the commercial position of the person who is the subject of the information.” The request and response is below.
We already know what buildings in the city are earthquake-prone and know what steps are being taken to reduce their risk. Surely that unreasonably prejudices the commercial position of person who owns one just as much as knowing which ones were constructed in a similar way to the CTV building. Why the secrecy?
The public interest in this is huge. Hopefully the Council reviews its position so Beagle doesn’t have to go to the Ombudsman and wait 2 years for a response.