Complaint after council rejects document release

PAUL GORMAN
Last updated 05:00 14/09/2012

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The Press has complained to the Ombudsman's Office over the Christchurch City Council's refusal to release internal documents showing how it developed its new procurement policy.

The policy is seen as an important step in making the city council and its tendering processes more transparent.

A letter from the city council's legal services unit said no internal documents existed between its introduction to the council by Cr Glenn Livingstone in July last year and May 22 this year.

May 22, not July 2011, was when the legal unit said the policy was introduced to the council, despite councillors and council minutes saying otherwise.

The legal unit said it had suppressed the release of staff emails on the matter since May 22 to "maintain the effective control of public affairs".

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