Andy Tookey filed an OIA with the Auckland District Health Board for a copy of a slide presentation by the Organ Donor Service to a taxpayer funded official meeting.
They refused the request on the grounds of privacy, even though no names were requested.
Tookey went to the Ombudsman who said it must be released.
They then declined on the basis it would be made public in six months time.
Again the Ombudsman indicated he would rule against them.
So what did the Organ Donor Service do?
They deleted the information.
The Minister should tell the Auckland DHB Board that he will start sacking board members if this happens again. It is totally unacceptable to delete information that is the subject of an OIA request. It is in fact illegal. A prosecution could be justified.