Judgment: Kelsey v Minister of Trade – TPP OIA Decisions Quashed

Press Release – New Zealand High Court Rather than issue specific declarations I have quashed the Ministers decision in relation to six of the categories of documents requested by Professor Kelsey.IN THE HIGH COURT OF NEW ZEALAND WELLINGTON REGISTRY CIV-2015-485-000583 [2015] NZHC 2497 UNDER The Judicature Amendment Act 1972 and Part 30 of the High Court Rules IN THE MATTER OF An application for judicial review BETWEEN JANE KELSEY First Applicant CONSUMER NEW ZEALAND INC Second Applicant NGĀTI KAHUNGUNU IWI INC Third Applicant OXFAM NEW ZEALAND Fourth Applicant GREENPEACE OF NEW ZEALAND INC Fifth Applicant ASSOCIATION OF SALARIED MEDICAL SPECIALISTS Sixth Applicant NEW ZEALAND NURSES ASSOCIATION INC Seventh Applicant NEW ZEALAND TERTIARY EDUCATION UNION TE HAUTŪ KAHURANGI O AOTEAROA AND THE MINISTER OF TRADE Respondent Hearing: 28 September 2015 Counsel: M S R Palmer QC for Applicants V L Hardy and K Laurenson for Respondent Judgment: 13 October 2015 JUDGMENT OF COLLINS J Summary of judgment [1] The applicants have sought judicial review of a decision of the Minister of Trade (the Minister) in which he refused to release to Professor Kelsey official information contained in eight categories of documents she requested under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act). The information requested by Professor Kelsey concerns material associated with negotiations that have led to a multi-lateral free trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP Agreement). [2] When...

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