This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Official Information request 'Any and all communications the New Zealand Ministry of Health has had with the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control'.

133 Molesworth Street 
PO Box 5013 
Wellington 6140 
New Zealand 
T+64 4 496 2000 
29 May 2020
By email: [FYI request #12877 email] 
Ref:   H202003746 
Dear Scott 
Response to your request for official information 
Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act) on 25 May 2020 for: 
“I am writing to request information on any communications the Ministry of Health had with 
the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, or any representatives of this institution, during 
the month of Janurary 2020. The data I am requesting specifically pertains to the following 
two points: 

1) The date and time the Ministry of Health received any communications, or inititated any
communication, with the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (whether by email,
telephone conference, VoIP call, or otherwise) during the month of January 2020

2) The content of the above described communications, including but not limited to the
body of emails, notes of meetings, or the Ministry of Health's summaries of these
communications, or any documents/sections of documents in the Ministry's possesion
which are informed by the contents of these communictions.”

The information you have requested is outlined in Appendix 1 of this letter. Please note that 
pursuant to section 16(1)(e) of the Act, the requested information may be made available by 
providing a summary of the contents as to not prejudice the interests protected by section 6(a) 
of the Act: 
Section 6(a) – if the making available of that information would be likely to prejudice the 
security or defence of New Zealand or the international relations of the Government of 
New Zealand 

I trust that this information fulfils your request. Under section 28(3) of the Act you have the right 
to ask the Ombudsman to review any decisions made under this request. 
Please note that this response, with your personal details removed, may be published on the 
Ministry of Health website. 
Yours sincerely 
Natalie Richardson 
COVID-19 Response 

Appendix 1: Summary of communications  

Date correspondence received from 
Summary of correspondence 
Taiwan Centres for Disease Control 

20 January 2020 
Advised about a New Zealand citizen who 
was identified as a Rubella case contact in a 

23 January 2020 
Advised about a New Zealand citizen who 
was identified as a COVID-19 case contact in 
a flight. The contact did not sit in the same 
row or the three rows in front of or behind the 
index case. 

26 March 2020 
Advised about a confirmed COVID-19 case 
who visited and developed symptoms four 
days after returning from New Zealand. The 
email also advised about the case’s itinerary 
while in New Zealand. 

27 March 2020 
Advised about a tourist who had recently 
travelled to New Zealand from Taiwan during 
6 March to 20 March. The individual 
developed symptoms on 16 March. The 
email also included information on the 
individual's flight details and itinerary for 
contact tracing purposes. 
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