LGOIMA Request Details

Date Received:24/03/2022
Date Responded:05/04/2022
Requester Name:Caroline Smith
Requested Information:

​To whom it may concern

I am making an Official Information request regarding the Council's ongoing use of the Law Firm Rice Speir in regard to the actions the Manawatu Council has brought against me.

I would like to know the number of billable hours and the amount charged per hour. 

In other words a total cost of money spent on this case and a breakdown.

Any other costs concerned with this ongoing case need to be added as well. 

I would like to have confirmation today that my email was received and would like to see this information within 5 working days.

Thank you

Caroline Smith

(address withheld)


Official information request for breakdown regarding council's use of the Law Firm Rice Speir relating to the case for (address withheld)

I refer to your official information request dated 24 March 2022 

Part of the information you have requested is enclosed.

Here is the list of invoices of legal costs paid for  (address withheld) to date: 

Legal costs - 7/02/20201449.3516/04/20203007.272/12/20201270.0711/01/2021502.473/03/2021212.1030/06/202170.7010/09/2021176.752/12/2021212.10


However, we have decided to refuse your request for information which relates to the number of billable hours and the amount charged per hour under section 7(2)(b)(ii) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act as it is considered the information is commercially sensitive.

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision. Information about how to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone 0800 802 602.

If you wish to discuss this decision with us, please feel free to contact Brent White on 06 323 0000.

Yours sincerely,