COVID-19 Modelling

Ryan Potts made this Official Information request to Winston Peters

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From: Ryan Potts

Dear Winston Peters,

I make the following request under the Official Information Act.

When and by whom were you first briefed on the contents of a report titled "Modelled Estimates for the Spread and Health Impact of Covid-19 in New Zealand"?

Yours faithfully,

Ryan Potts

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From: Thomas Raethel

Dear Ryan Potts,

On behalf of Rt Hon Winston Peters, your Official Information Act request dated 1 April 2020 is acknowledged:

When and by whom were you first briefed on the contents of a report titled "Modelled Estimates for the Spread and Health Impact of Covid-19 in New Zealand"?

The Minister is considering your request in accordance with the Act and will respond in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Office of Rt Hon Winston Peters

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From: Thomas Raethel

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Dear Ryan Potts


Please find attached a response to your Official Information Act, received
1 April 2020.


Yours sincerely

Office of Rt Hon Winston Peters


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