Deferment of Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel Project

Published: 06 Mar 2023

Category: Cabinet material

This publication provides a March 2022 submission from the Ministry of Defence informing the Minister of Defence of the decision taken by Defence to defer work on the Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel project and the intent to inform industry of this decision. Due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the fiscal environment and emerging personnel pressures from other projects, a decision was made to defer this work.

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A notice published on the Government Electronic Tender Service about the deferral is also included.

It has been necessary to withhold certain information in accordance with the following provisions of the Official Information Act 1982. Where information is withheld, the relevant sections of the Act are indicated in the body of the document. Where information has been withheld in accordance with section 9(2) of the Act, no public interest has been identified that would outweigh the reasons for withholding it. 

Information is withheld where making it available would be likely to prejudice the security or defence of New Zealand or the international relations of the Government of New Zealand [section 6(a)].

Information is also withheld in order to:

  • protect the privacy of natural persons [section 9(2)(a)]
  • maintain the constitutional conventions for the timing being which protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by Ministers of the Crown and officials [section 9(2)(f)(iv)]
  • maintain the effective conduct of public affairs through the free and frank expression of opinions by or between or to Ministers of the Crown or members of an organisation or officers and employees of any department or organisation in the course of their duty [section 9(2)(g)(i)]
  • enable a Minister of the Crown or any department or organisation holding the information to carry out, without prejudice or disadvantage, negotiations [section 9(2)(j)].


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