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[FYI request #12653 email]
Dear Mr Hooton
Response to your request for official information
Thank you for your request to the Ministry of Health (the Ministry) under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act) received on 20 April 2020 for:
“Under the Official Information Act, I request all formal, written advice given by the
Ministry of Health to Ministers and/or other departments (eg, DPMC, Treasury, SSC,
MBIE, Ministry of Social Development etc) on the public-health implications of
economic depression or recession and unemployment, which was intended to assist
the Cabinet in making its decision today on whether or not to extend Level 4 of the
We understand that information that informed the Cabinet decision on 20 April 2020 will be
released on the Government’s website in the coming weeks (COVID19.govt.nz).
However, given the specific nature of your request, following consultation we can advise the
Ministry has not provided information as detailed in your request. As such, your request is
refused under section 18(e) of the Act, as this information does not exist.
We do apologise for the inaccurate refusal you previously received regarding this request
that indicated that the information requested would soon be publicly available.
Under section 28 of the Act, you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to review my decision
to refuse your request.
Zoe Royden Manager (Acting) OIA Services
Office of the Director-General