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From: Chris Smith

Dear Ministry of Health,

I refer to this RNZ article dated 17 July 2020

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/421...

In which, it is detailed that "CovidCard" delivered a report to health officials about their product and trials.

"Six weeks ago, the team delivered a report to officials following field trials, but are yet to be given any indication of a decision."

I would like to request a copy of that report.

Additionally, if not documented in that report, I would like to request information held about the CovidCard device as trialed, and proposed specifications of a production model. Specifically, information surrounding its form factor and battery life.

Yours faithfully,
Chris Smith

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Kia ora

Thank you for your request for official information received 17 July 2020
for:

I refer to this RNZ article dated 17 July 2020
[1]https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=15517&...
In which, it is detailed that "CovidCard" delivered a report to health
officials about their product and trials.
"Six weeks ago, the team delivered a report to officials following field
trials, but are yet to be given any indication of a decision."
I would like to request a copy of that report.
Additionally, if not documented in that report, I would like to request
information held about the CovidCard device as trialed, and proposed
specifications of a production model. Specifically, information
surrounding its form factor and battery life.

The Ministry's reference number for your request is: H202005248.

As required under the Official Information Act 1982 we will endeavour to
respond to your request no later than 14 August 2020, being 20 working
days after the day your request was received.  

If we are unable to respond to your request within this time frame, we
will notify you of an extension of that time frame.

If you have any queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to
get in touch.

Ngā mihi

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

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Kia ora Chris Smith

Please find attached a letter regarding your request for information.

Ngā mihi

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

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Tçnâ koe Chris,

 

Thank you for your OIA request, which was transferred by the Ministry of
Health to the Department of Internal Affairs, and was received by the
Department today.

 

You have requested: 

I refer to this RNZ article dated 17 July 2020

https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=15517&...

political%2f421414%2ftrade-me-founder-keen-for-bluetooth-covidcardalternative-to-tracing-app

In which, it is detailed that "CovidCard" delivered a report to health
officials about their product and trials.

"Six weeks ago, the team delivered a report to officials following field
trials, but are yet to be given any indication of a decision."

I would like to request a copy of that report. Additionally, if not
documented in that report, I would like to request

information held about the CovidCard device as trialed, and proposed
specifications of a production model. Specifically, information
surrounding its form factor and battery life.

 

The Department will provide its response to your request as soon as
practicable and within twenty working days.  The 20^th working day is 19
August 2020

 

Please note that in cases where the Department’s response provides
information that is identified to be of general public interest, the
response may also be published on the Department of Internal Affairs
website.  If the Department publishes its response to your OIA request,
all personal information, including your name and contact details, will be
removed.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

Michelle Reed | Lead Advisor – Official Correspondence 
Te Urungi - Organisational Strategy and Performance
Te Tari Taiwhenua - The Department of Internal Affairs
45 Pipitea St | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand |
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Kia ora Chris,

 

Thank you for your requests of 17 July 2020, to the Department of the
Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Ministry of Health, for the following
information under the Official Information Act 1982:

 

“I refer to this RNZ article dated 17 July 2020
https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=15517&...

In which, it is detailed that "CovidCard" delivered a report to health
officials about their product and trials." Six weeks ago, the team
delivered a report to officials following field trials, but are yet to be
given any indication of a decision." I would like to request a copy of
that report. Additionally, if not documented in that report, I would like
to request information held about the CovidCard device as trialed, and
proposed specifications of a production model. Specifically, information
surrounding its form factor and battery life.”

 

and

 

“I refer to this article dated 17 July 2020, authored by Pattrick Smellie
of BusinessDesk
https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/16-07-...
In which, it is detailed that "CovidCard" delivered a report to officials
about their product and trials.

"The Ministry of Health’s Covid Tracer smartphone app is “almost certain
to achieve nothing with regard to slowing the virus,” says a report
received in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet more than a month
ago from the backers of an alternative tracing technology option known as
the CovidCard." I would like to request a copy of that report.
Additionally, if not documented in that report, I would like to request
information held about the CovidCard device as trialed, and proposed
specifications of a production model. Specifically, information
surrounding its form factor and battery life.”

 

I am emailing you to advise that both of these requests have been
transferred to the Department of Internal Affairs. The Department will be
consolidating both of your requests, and you will receive one response by
August 19 2020.

 

If you need further clarification or have any questions, please email
[email address] .

 

Ngâ Mihi,

 

Hannah Petrie Peter| Graduate Policy Analyst

Ministerial Advice, Monitoring, and Operations
Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua 
45 Pipitea Street | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand |
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Kia ora Chris,

 

Please find attached correspondence related to your request under the
Official Information Act 1982, dated 22 July 2020 (OIA2021-0048).

Ngā Mihi,

 

Hannah Petrie Peter| Graduate Policy Analyst

Ministerial Advice, Monitoring, and Operations
Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua 
45 Pipitea Street | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand |
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Kia ora Chris,

 

Please find the attached response for your recent Official Information Act
request.

 

Ngā Mihi,

 

Hannah Petrie Peter| Graduate Policy Analyst

Ministerial Advice, Monitoring, and Operations
Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua 
45 Pipitea Street | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand |
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From: Chris Smith

Hello,

It has been 2 months since my request was acknowledged, over 2 weeks since its rejection, and a week since the promised publication date of the requested information.

The publication of the information has obviously been delayed. Are you able to update me with a new date when the information will be released?

Yours sincerely,
Chris Smith

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From: Hannah Petrie Peter

Mōrena Chris,

Thank you for your email.

The current intention is that the document you requested will be included with the next general COVID proactive release.

At this stage this we anticipate the release to occur by the end of the week. However, the timing of this is not in the Department’s control.

We apologise for the shift in dates and will keep you updated.

If the general COVID release does not happen by this week, we will look to publish these documents separately and will notify you of our intent to do so.

Ngā Mihi,

Hannah Petrie Peter| Graduate Policy Analyst
Ministerial Advice, Monitoring, and Operations
Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua 
45 Pipitea Street | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand

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From: Chris Smith

Dear Hannah Petrie Peter,

Thank you for your swift response, it is much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,
Chris Smith

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Kia ora Chris,

 

This email is to inform you that the Department has today proactively
released documents related to CovidCard at
[1]www.dia.govt.nz/Proactive-Releases.

 

These non-ministerial documents were commissioned for the first phase of
the CovidCard programme and were produced between May and July 2020. 

 

They report on the closed field trial of the technology carried out by
Otago University, further field testing and research completed by the
Public Private Partnership group (the PPP), and a review of the technology
underlying the CovidCard completed by the Defence Technology Agency (DTA).

 

The report you requested under the Official Information Act 1982,
Sustaining elimination with Covidcard and enhanced digital contact
tracing, is pages 56 – 92.

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

Ngâ Mihi,

 

Hannah Petrie Peter| Graduate Policy Analyst

Ministerial Advice, Monitoring, and Operations
Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua 

Direct Dial: 04 382 3779|  Extn: 4779
45 Pipitea Street | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand |
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