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New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) Information Release

Issue date: 
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Status: 
Current
Corporate author: 

The Treasury has released information relating to the negotiations between Meridian and Pacific Aluminium, and to the Government's one-off payment of $30 million to New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited. The documents cover the period from July 2012, when Meridian was first approached by Pacific Aluminium, to August 2013, when the Government agreed to the $30 million payment.

Some information in the documents has been withheld under sections of the Official Information Act. For more details see the cover sheet of each document and Information Withheld below. Please note a number of documents have been withheld in full.

Documents

The release documents listed here are available in Adobe PDF format only. HTML versions can be supplied on request by Information Services at the Treasury. Using PDF Files
Doc. Date Creator Title View/Download
10 Jul 2012 The Treasury Aide Memoire T2012/1434: Project 14: Process and Timing
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2392548.pdf (456 KB)

12 Jul 2012 The Treasury Treasury Report T2012/1470: Project 14: Initial Advice
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2394495.pdf (424 KB)

27 Jul 2012 The Treasury Treasury Report T2012/1736: Project 14: Meeting with Phil Baker
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2408210.pdf (970 KB)

8 Aug 2012 Meridian Energy Email to Officials: No Surprises Update from Meridian - NZX Announcement
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2460463.pdf (2,451 KB)

17 Sep 2012 The Treasury Filenote: Meeting between the Treasury and Pacific Aluminium
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2447720.pdf (36 KB)

21 Sep 2012 The Treasury Treasury Report T2012/2375: Update on Project 14
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2448686.pdf (549 KB)

25 Sep 2012 The Treasury Email to the Office of the Minister of Finance: Smelter to spend big on new transformer
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2596478.pdf (56 KB)

6 Dec 2012 The Treasury Treasury Report T2012/3170: Recent market commentary on Rio Tinto or the NZ Aluminium Smelter
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2503272.pdf (319 KB)

6 Dec 2012 The Treasury Email to Officials: Rio Tinto Alcan NZ Plays Godfather: Nice Aluminium Smelter you got, be a shame if something happened to it
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2596468.pdf (68 KB)

19 Dec 2012 The Treasury Treasury Report T2012/3275: The Economics of the NZ Aluminium Smelter
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2522154.pdf (429 KB)

5 Mar 2013 The Treasury Treasury Report T2013/397: Update on the NZ Aluminium Smelter
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2574429.pdf (346 KB)

12 Mar 2013 The Treasury Filenote: Meeting between Treasury, Pacific Aluminium and Sumitomo
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2585474.pdf (32 KB)

15 Mar 2013 The Treasury Aide Memoire T2013/632: NZ Aluminium Smelter Negotiations
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2587997.pdf (389 KB)

21 Mar 2013 The Treasury Email to Minister's Offices: Update on Smelter Issues
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2598717.pdf (110 KB)

25 Mar 2013 Meridian Energy Email to Officials: No surprises Briefing to Ministers from Meridian
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2598726.pdf (396 KB)

25 Mar 2013 The Treasury Letter to Rio Tinto
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2598711.pdf (143 KB)

25 Mar 2013 The Treasury Filenote: Meeting between Ministers and Meridian
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2595882.pdf (35 KB)

25 Mar 2013 Pacific Aluminium Letter to the Prime Minister: New Zealand Aluminium Smelter Ltd/Meridian Energy Ltd Electricity Contract Negotiations
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2596077.pdf (761 KB)

25 Mar 2013 The Treasury Email to Pacific Aluminium and Rio Tinto: Discussion of Letter: Issues that Arise from Proposed Disclosure to the NZX
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2596079.pdf (110 KB)

25 Mar 2013 Office of the Minister for State Owned Enterprises Email to the Treasury: Tiwai Point
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2599048.pdf (57 KB)

27 Mar 2013 The Treasury Aide Memoire T2013/801: Talking points for phone call by the Prime Minister to Rio Tinto, 27 March 2013
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2597050.pdf (349 KB)

28 Mar 2013 New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited Letter to the Treasury: Electricity Agreement - New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited and Meridian Energy Limited
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2598708.pdf (437 KB)

28 Mar 2013 Rio Tinto Letter to the Prime Minister
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2598709.pdf (248 KB)

31 Mar 2013 The Treasury Email to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Updates from 31 March 2013
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2599060.pdf (24 KB)

3 Apr 2013 Rio Tinto Letter to the Prime Minister
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2600991.pdf (365 KB)

5 Apr 2013 The Treasury Aide Memoire T2013/899: Tiwai Update
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2602743.pdf (619 KB)

10 Jun 2013 The Treasury Aide Memoire T2013/1507: Tiwai Point Smelter Negotiations
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2653676.pdf (381 KB)

26 Jun 2013 The Treasury Email to Officials: Emails between PA and PM's office re: meeting
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2671973.pdf (134 KB)

5 Jul 2013 Meridian Energy Email to the Treasury: From Meridian Energy
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2690760.pdf (38 KB)

5 Jul 2013 The Treasury Treasury Report T2013/1803: Meeting with Pacific Aluminium (Tuesday 9 July)
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2677708.pdf (471 KB)

7 Jul 2013 Pacific Aluminium Letter to the Treasury: Outline of the Proposal seeking to put before Government on Supply of Electricity to Tiwai Point
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2690719.pdf (619 KB)

8 Jul 2013 The Treasury Filenote: Meeting between Treasury and Pacific Aluminium
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2691479.pdf (23 KB)

8 Jul 2013 The Treasury Email to Minister's Offices: Changes to Meridian's Offer to Pacific Aluminium
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2691504.pdf (67 KB)

9 Jul 2013 The Treasury Treasury Report T2013/1862: Transmission Pricing
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2691721.pdf (337 KB)

Jul 2013 Office of the Minister of Finance Email to Officials: Email from the Minister of Finance's Office to the Minister of Finance: Explaining Meridian's Commercial Rationale for Renegotiating the Tiwai Contract
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2692851.pdf (38 KB)

11 Jul 2013 The Treasury Filenote: Phone conversation between Minister of Finance and Pacific Aluminium (records details of offer made)
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2693390.pdf (21 KB)

15 Jul 2013 Pacific Aluminium Email to the Treasury: Proposal
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2694972.pdf (68 KB)

15 Jul 2013 Minister of Finance Letter to Pacific Aluminium: New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Electricity Agreement
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2694975.pdf (148 KB)

17 Jul 2013 Pacific Aluminium Email to the Treasury: NZAS Proposal
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2696479.pdf (155 KB)

17 Jul 2013 Office of the Minister of Finance Letter to Pacific Aluminium: New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Electricity Agreement
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2696585.pdf (146 KB)

19 Jul 2013 Pacific Aluminium Letter to the Minister of Finance: New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Electricity Arrangements
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2698276.pdf (490 KB)

[6 Aug 2013] The Treasury Cabinet Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee Paper EGI (13) 155: New Electricity Contract for Tiwai Point Smelter
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2707062.pdf (1,000 KB)

7 Aug 2013 Cabinet Office Cabinet Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee Minute EGI Min (13) 18/11: New Electricity Contract for Tiwai Point Smelter
Released 12 September 2013
nzas-2707299.pdf (5,723 KB)

Information Withheld

Key to sections of the Official Information Act 1982 under which information has been withheld.

Certain information in these documents has been withheld under one or more of the following sections of the Official Information Act, as applicable:

  • 9(2)(a) - to protect the privacy of natural persons, including deceased people
  • 9(2)(b)(ii) - to protect the commercial position of the person who supplied the information, or who is the subject of the information
  • 9(2)(f)(iv) - to maintain the current constitutional conventions protecting the confidentiality of advice tendered by ministers and officials
  • 9(2)(g)(i) - to maintain the effective conduct of public affairs through the free and frank expression of opinions
  • 9(2)(i) - to enable the Crown to carry out commercial activities without disadvantage or prejudice
  • 9(2)(j) - to enable the Crown to negotiate without disadvantage or prejudice
  • 9(2)(ba)(i) - to protect information which is subject to an obligation of confidence or which any person has been or could be compelled to provide under the authority of any enactment, where the making available of the information would be likely to prejudice the supply of similar information, or information from the same source, and it is in the public interest that such information should continue to be supplied
  • 9(2)(h) - to maintain professional legal privilege

Where information has been withheld, a numbered reference to the applicable section of the Official Information Act has been made, as listed above. For example, a [3] appearing where information has been withheld in a release document refers to section 9(2)(f)(iv).

In preparing this Information Release, the Treasury has considered the public interest considerations in section 9(1) of the Official Information Act.

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Aidan Meerman | Communications
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Last updated: 
Thursday, 12 September 2013