I unashamedly admit to being a nerd – in fact, of the names I get called on a daily basis, that one is by far the nicest. I’m also a student of politics who has no particular loyalty to any party. It’s because of these two things, Kim, that I feel an overwhelming need to grab you by those mountainous figurative shoulders and figuratively slap some literal sense in to you.
Regardless of any other motives you may have around your extradition, I have absolutely no doubt that you believe what you are doing is best for New Zealand’s internet policy. After all, a lot of the things you believe in would be wonderful for this country — for example, a competitor for the Southern Cross cable. Continue reading →
We asked a pretty straight forward request to see if DMs that were run by Ministers fell under the act in the same way that email does. Our thinking was that Twitter is another communication tool that politicians are increasingly using to communicate and wanted to test (in a non-malicious and not too silly way) whether that was the case.
So here is the response we got today from the Prime Minister’s office. Note that other Ministers are yet to respond.
Di and I think that it confirms DM’s sent by Ministers are OIAable.
In this case because
“Rt Hon John Key does not respond via this account personally, the account is managed on his behalf by staff in this office. The only DMs sent from the account are occasional responses to correspondents suggesting who they should get in touch with regarding their query.”
it does seem fair that there is no public interest in releasing the information and we’re happy to take the PM at his (and his staffs) word.
After all, Twitter is just another way to communicate. It does make sense that “official correspondence” might take place via Twitter, it is pretty cool way to talk to people.
So, in theory, anything that isn’t covered by S9 of the OIA should be released with other ministers when they get back to us.
It will be interesting to see if any official correspondence has taken place via Twitter, this might be a world first if it has!
Our OIA also raises questions about whether Facebook messages and other ‘private’ functions on social media are covered by the act.
We know that there is a grey area between “personal” and “official” correspondence, and we wonder whether the Cabinet Manual should be updated to include rules around social media use and whether the act itself needs to be updated.
We thank the PM and Mr Eagleson for their response and we look forward to the other Ministers replying in kind with the spirit the request was intended.
Will put in all the Ministers responses here.
@JudithCollinsMP (will be following up on this one for reasons that the response doesn’t actually address the issue here.)
Hamilton City Council recently made the ill-informed decision to remove fluoride from the city’s drinking water. Now the ill-informed people who blindly pushed for that outcome are saying Wellington is their next target. This worries me.
It worries me a lot.
Read more over on The Ruminator where this post was originally published.