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Covid-19 modelling reports

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From: Ryan Potts

Dear Ministry of Health,

I request the following information under the Official Information Act:

In a response to a previous information request, the Minister advised me that he was never briefed on the the contents of a preliminary report titled "Modelled Estimates for the Spread and Health Impact of Covid-19 in New Zealand" (27 February). Please disclose the reason why the Director-General did not brief the Minister on this report.

Based on information released to date, it appears that the Minister and the Prime Minister were not briefed on epidemiological modelling until late March. Therefore please clarify the date or dates on which the Director-General first discussed modelling with the Minister and the Prime Minister. If modelling was not discussed then please provide an explanation.

Yours faithfully,

Ryan Potts

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From:        "Ryan Potts" <[FOI #13063 email]>
To:        "OIA/LGOIMA requests at Ministry of Health" <[Ministry of Health request email]>
Date:        09/06/2020 11:21 am
Subject:        Official Information request - Covid-19 modelling reports

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Dear Ministry of Health,

I request the following information under the Official Information Act:

In a response to a previous information request, the Minister advised me
that he was never briefed on the the contents of a preliminary report
titled "Modelled Estimates for the Spread and Health Impact of Covid-19 in
New Zealand" (27 February). Please disclose the reason why the
Director-General did not brief the Minister on this report.

Based on information released to date, it appears that the Minister and
the Prime Minister were not briefed on epidemiological modelling until
late March. Therefore please clarify the date or dates on which the
Director-General first discussed modelling with the Minister and the Prime
Minister. If modelling was not discussed then please provide an
explanation.

Yours faithfully,

Ryan Potts

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Kia ora Mr Potts

Thank you for your request for official information, received on 9 June
2020 requesting:

"In a response to a previous information request, the Minister advised me
that he was never briefed on the the contents of a preliminary report
titled "Modelled Estimates for the Spread and Health Impact of Covid-19 in
New Zealand" (27 February). Please disclose the reason why the
Director-General did not brief the Minister on this report.

Based on information released to date, it appears that the Minister and
the Prime Minister were not briefed on epidemiological modelling until
late March. Therefore please clarify the date or dates on which the
Director-General first discussed modelling with the Minister and the Prime
Minister. If modelling was not discussed then please provide an
explanation."

The Ministry of Health has decided to extend the period of time available
to respond to your request under section 15A of the Official Information
Act 1982 (the Act) as further as further consultation is required.

You can now expect a response to your request on, or before, 21 July 2020.

You have the right, under section 28 of the Act, to ask the Ombudsman to
review my decision to extend the time available to respond to your
request.

Nga mihi

OIA Services
Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
E: [email address]

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