New Zealand Defence Force Naval Seasprite Helicopters Cabinet Documents

Published: 06 Aug 2021

Category: Cabinet material

This publication provides documents on Cabinet’s March 2012 decision authorising officials to enter into negotiations to purchase the Super Seasprite Helicopters and the subsequent April 2013 decision to purchase.

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This pack comprises:

  • the 2012 Cabinet paper NZDF Naval Seasprite Helicopters: Proposal to Purchase Upgraded Fleet and associated minute of decision [ERD (12) 7 and ERD Min (12) 2/5]

  • the 2013 Cabinet paper New Zealand Defence Force Naval Seasprite Helicopters: Report on Implementation Business Case and associated minute of decision [CAB (13) 195 and CAB Min (13) 12/12].

Certain information is withheld, where the making available of the information 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)].

In addition, certain information has been withheld in order to:

  • protect information where the making available of the information would be likely unreasonably to prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied the information [section 9(2)(b)(ii)]

  • protect information which is subject to an obligation of confidence …, where the making available of the information would be likely otherwise to damage the public interest [section 9(2)(ba)(i)]

  • 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)].

Where information is withheld pursuant to section 9(2), it is not considered that the public interest in this information outweighs the need to protect it.

In addition, the business cases for this project are withheld in full in accordance with the above provisions of the Act. Recognising the public interest in information on the investment decision, the Cabinet papers provide a summary of the key information that formed the basis of Cabinet’s decision to invest this funding.


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