Information pertaining to declaration of a State of Emergency

Mr M Bell made this Official Information request to Peeni Henare

The request was partially successful.

From: Mr M Bell

ATTN: Minister of Civil Defense,

Dear Peeni Henare,

Please provide the following information:

1. A copy of all data, information, statistics and scientific proof(related to the severity of the COVID-19 disease, particularly its mortality rate or any other data about COVID-19) which made you decide to extend the State of National Emergency published here -

2. All facts, data, information, statistics and scientific proof related to COVID-19 that made you decide that "the emergency is, or is likely to be, of such extent, magnitude, or severity that the civil defence emergency management necessary or desirable in respect of it is, or is likely to be, beyond the resources of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups whose areas may be affected by the emergency." as stated in section 66(1)(b) of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002

3. A copy of all data, information, statistics and scientific proof(related to the severity of the COVID-19 disease, particularly its mortality rate or any other data about COVID-19) which was used to make the original declaration of a State of Emergency published here - (if this question is aimed at the wrong person or Minister, please provide their contact details)

Yours faithfully,

Mr M Bell

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Peeni Henare

Tēnā koe,

Thank you for contacting the office of Hon Peeni Henare - MP for Tāmaki
Makaurau, Minister of Defence, Minister for Whānau Ora, Associate Minister
of Health, Associate Minister of Housing, Associate Minister of Tourism,
and Acting Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

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From: Hon Peeni Henare

Tçnâ koe,

Official Information request - Information pertaining to declaration of a State of Emergency

On behalf of Hon Peeni Henare, thank you for your OIA request. As the Minister no longer holds the Civil Defence portfolio, we have transferred your request to the office of Hon Kris Faafoi, Acting Minister for Emergency Management. You will hear further from their office concerning your request.

Ngâ mihi,

Brett Allan | Private Secretary, Executive Support | Ministerial Support Services
Office of Hon Peeni Henare
Minister of Defence | Minister for Whânau Ora | Associate Minister of Health (Mâori)|
Associate Minister of Tourism | Associate Minister of Housing (Mâori) | Acting Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage | MP for Tamaki Makaurau
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From: Mr M Bell

Dear Information [DPMC],

Thank you however that does not answer my request. Please provide the data, scientific proof and facts related to making those decisions.

What standards are used to clarify if an emergency is severe enough to warrant a declaration. For instance, does the fatality rate of the disease have be a certain level, does it have to impact certain age groups of people, what data did you have that proved it would be out of the scope of emergency services handling it.

What data, facts and scientific proof was used to decide that the "emergency" met the criteria below:

For a National State of Emergency to be declared, the situation must be an emergency
under the CDEM Act and meet three legal tests. An emergency situation is:
i) a result of any emergency happening, whether natural or otherwise (including
epidemic/pandemic) and
ii) causes or may cause loss of life, injury, illness or distress or in any way
endangers the safety of the public; and
iii) cannot be dealt with by emergency services, or otherwise requires a significant
and coordinated response under the CDEM Act.

Yours sincerely,

Mr M Bell

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