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African Swine fever and Chronic Wasting Disease

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From: H Enderby

Dear Ministry for Primary Industries,

Please provide a summary of correspondence mentioning African Swine fever and Chronic Wasting Disease between 1-1-2017 and 1-6-2019

I want to know who you have been talking to about these diseases, what money has been invested into them and what the planned or suspected outcomes are.

Thank you,

Hannah Enderby

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Ministry for Primary Industries

Tēnā koe Hannah,

Thank you for your official information request received on 10 June 2019.

Your request will be considered and a decision provided in accordance with the requirements of the Official Information Act 1982.

If you have any questions regarding this request, please email [email address]

Ngā mihi,

Official Information Act Team
Ministerials and Business Support | Strategy, Performance & Engagement Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatū Ahu Matua | Charles Fergusson Building, 34-38 Bowen Street | PO Box 2526 | Wellington, New Zealand. Telephone: 0800 00 83 33 | Email: [email address] | Web: www.mpi.govt.nz

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From: Official Information Act
Ministry for Primary Industries

Hi Hannah,

I have been allocated as the lead Adviser for your recent official information request to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) - 'Please provide a summary of correspondence mentioning African Swine Fever and Chronic wasting Disease between 1 January 2017 and 1 June 2019.'

Such an undertaking is likely to be significant and as your request currently stands, it will require a search through a substantial amount of material. You have essentially asked for all information during a period of over two years. This is a difficult request to collate as it requires MPI to review all documentation, including emails, to find any mention of the terms 'African Swine Fever' or 'Chronic wasting Disease'.

Given the possible broad nature of these terms and the overlap with other issues and topics, this is a difficult request to accurately scope. Also, whenever requests for information are made in this way it often leads to responses of substantial size that are likely to be extended for significant periods of time or refused. To assist MPI in making a decision on your request, we are contacting you to see if you would be willing to re-scope your request by doing one or more of the following:

• Narrow the time frame. As stated, this time frame is big and providing a revised timeframe may assist in removing the need to refuse the request.
• Re-scope your request to cover one set of documents, such as briefings or advice to the Minister. Anecdotally this can also result in receiving better quality information which can further inform on issues, which assists the public interest.
• Provide us with specific people and/or groups that you are interested in. This would allow us to conduct a search based on these specific groups rather than searching all material.

I would encourage you to consider one or a combination of these options, which may remove the need to refuse your request pursuant to section 18(f) of the Official Information Act. As you will be aware, a decision on your request is due as soon as reasonably practicable, so I look forward to hearing from you shortly. Please note, a decision may be to transfer your request, extend the time to respond, refuse part or all of your request or fix a charge.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Kind regards,

Siobhan Farquhar | Official Information Act Adviser
Ministerials and Business Support | Strategy, Performance & Engagement
Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatû Ahu Matua | Charles Fergusson Building, 34-38 Bowen Street
PO Box 2526 | Wellington 6011 New Zealand | Web: www.mpi.govt.nz

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