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From: Ben Smith

Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

On 20 April 2020, Cabinet reportedly met and made a decision to extend New Zealand's lockdown by several days. In the press conference of 20th April 2020, the Prime Minister said that she had waited until that late date to make a decision because of the necessity of considering the latest evidence. I applaud her awareness of the need to consider the very latest information in such a fast-changing situation.

I would like to request under the OIA copies of all of the modeling that was considered by the Prime Minister, her office, and the Cabinet in making this decision to extend the Level 4 lockdown - both (1) scientific pandemic modeling around the prediction of the pandemic spread, as well as (2) any economic modeling predicting economic outcomes under different courses of action. This would include any scientific papers or scientific reports but could also include modeling in other formats, like executive summaries from modeling reports or any electronic modeling data or online resources or outputs of models that may have been considered by cabinet.

If it is difficult to ascertain which particular modeling received by the PM and Cabinet was actually considered by them, please simply send all relevant modeling that they received in order to make this decision.

I would be grateful if can provide this information to me and to the public so that we can understand the basis on which this decision was made.

I understand that now is a very busy time, and I am respectful of the pressing matters that you must have before you and respect that because of other priorities it may take time for you to respond.

I'm also happy for you to contact me to discuss this request.

Ngā mihi nui,

Ben Smith

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Kia ora Mr Smith

 

Please see the attached letter regarding your recent OIA request.

 

Ngā mihi

 

Ministerial Coordinator
Ministerial Services
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Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
 
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From: Ben Smith

Kia ora coordinator, Ms. Corbett,

Thank you for your response of 8 May. In your response you redirected my request to the Prime Minister as you said the information is more closely connected to her. Thank you for forwarding my request to the Prime Minister, and I look forward to her response.

However, my request was for modeling information considered not only by the Prime Minister but also by Cabinet. Accordingly, although it will be very helpful to understand the modeling information that the Prime Minister considered on 20 April, I would also like to know which modeling information that Cabinet as a group considered when it met on that date. Please correct me if I'm wrong but it seems like the DPMC should be the right place to request that information, no?

To repeat the original request, that was for "all of the modeling that was considered by...the Cabinet in making this decision to extend the Level 4 lockdown - both (1) scientific pandemic modeling around the prediction of the pandemic spread, as well as (2) any economic modeling predicting economic outcomes under different courses of action. This would include any scientific papers or scientific reports but could also include modeling in other formats, like executive summaries from modeling reports or any electronic modeling data or online resources or outputs of models that may have been considered by cabinet.

"If it is difficult to ascertain which particular modeling received by the PM and Cabinet was actually considered by them, please simply send all relevant modeling that they received in order to make this decision."

Thank you very much for your help.

Ngā mihi

Ben Smith

Yours sincerely,

Ben Smith

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Kia ora Mr Smith

 

I can advise that the response from the Prime Minister will include
information that was considered by Cabinet. This is why we transferred
your request to the Prime Minister for response.

 

Please let us know if you have any further questions.

 

Ngā mihi

Ministerial Advisor
Ministerial Services
Strategy, Governance and Engagement
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
 
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On behalf of Raj Nahna, I attach a letter in response to your request
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