Hon David Cunliffe
Minister for Communications and Information Technology
14 December 2007 Media Statement
Extension to Draft Separation Plan granted
Communications and Information Technology Minister David Cunliffe has granted Telecom a brief extension to the timeframe
for submitting its Amended Separation Plan to the government which had been due today.
“At Telecom’s request, I have agreed to issue an extension until noon Wednesday 19 December. The Telecommunications Act
allows for an extension to be granted while discussions continue to progress complex issues that require additional time
to work through the details.
“I am pleased with progress to date and while I recognise the need for rapid progress, many of the issues are complex
and inter-related. I am satisfied that a brief extension is warranted under the circumstances,” said Mr Cunliffe.
The Minister will make a decision whether to accept or decline the Amended Plan as soon as is practicable after
receiving it from Telecom.
Telecom is required to prepare an Amended Separation Plan in consultation with the Minister 15 working days after the
close of public submissions. Under section 69J(3) of the Telecommunications Act, the Minister is permitted to extend
The Minister is required to decide whether to approve or decline to approve the Plan as soon as practicable after the
Amended Separation Plan is submitted.
If the Minister decides not to approve the Amended Plan, he can then take steps (outlined in the Telecommunications Act
2001) to have the Plan finalised to his satisfaction.