Uni emails come at a cost
Auckland University is refusing to release 202 emails discussing a proposed Waikato medical school - unless it’s paid $570.
The heads of Auckland and Otago’s medical schools have been vocal in expressing concern about the Waikato proposal and in March pitched a rival bid to create a national school of rural health.
Auckland University dean of medical and health sciences Professor John Fraser previously labelled the Waikato proposal ‘‘an ill-considered and expensive folly’’.
Despite such vocal criticism, Auckland University is proving less forthcoming about releasing correspondence discussing the proposed third medical school.
In March, Stuff lodged a revised Official Information Act request for all emails generated by Auckland University medical programme head Professor Warwick Bagg discussing the Waikato med school proposal.
In reply, Auckland University acting general counsel Melanie Johnson said the requested information couldn’t be made available.
A fee would first have to be paid if Stuff wanted the infor- mation released.
‘‘We estimate that the charge will be $570: this charge relates to the time required by Professor Bagg to search his email account for the emails in question.’’
Time would be charged to make the information available.
Auckland University has refused to release 202 emails.