Analysis of WHO Covid-19 origins report: Take Two

Harold made this Official Information request to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The request was partially successful.

From: Harold

Dear Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

For the second time, I request copies of all analysis of the WHO Covid-19 origins report, produced by MFAT or on MFAT's behalf.

On April 1st, MFAT told Reuters:

“New Zealand acknowledges that member states have expressed a number of concerns. New Zealand wants to make sure we conduct an independent analysis to ensure we understand the science before making any comment”

and:

"Our scientific experts, who have been fully engaged with the wider COVID response, are analysing the report. When they have done so, we will decide on the most appropriate way to comment on the mission”

For the avoidance of doubt, this is the analysis I'm referring to. The Ministry of Health have told me they hold no such documents, so please don't refer me to them again.

Yours faithfully,

Harold

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Dear Harold

 

Please see the attached correspondence regarding your recent OIA request.

 

Kind regards

 

Executive Services Division
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From: Harold

Dear Julie-Anne Lee,

This is totally unacceptable. Your delays in processing another person's OIA request are not a legal reason to extend the response time for my request. Please provide me a reason for my extension that exists in law.

My request is for the information MFAT described in the quotes I provided: a specific piece of analysis conducted by specific scientific experts. This is the only thing I am requesting. Please give me a legal reason why my request for this specific information has been delayed.

Yours sincerely,

Harold

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Dear Julie-Anne Lee,

By your lack of response, I am led to believe that MFAT intends to withhold the information I requested without providing any legal excuse for doing so, or any excuse relevent to my request at all. I am surprised and disappointed that MFAT has chosen to ignore their legal obligations.

I am also concerned at your letter's reference to another person's OIA request which "contains information you may be interested in", which I take it means that this is the information MFAT intends to finally provide me.

I want to make it clear that I do not want to receive any information besides what I requested. This is information MFAT have referred to publically on several occassions, including in the quotes I provided, so there should be no difficulty doing so.

Yours sincerely,

Harold

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Dear Harold

 

Please see the attached correspondence regarding your recent OIA request.

 

Kind regards

 

Executive Services Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatū Aorere
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195 Lambton Quay, Private Bag 18901, Wellington 5045, New Zealand
[1]www.mfat.govt.nz | [2]www.safetravel.govt.nz

[3]www.mfat.govt.nz | [4]www.embassy.govt.nz | [5]www.aid.govt.nz |
[6]www.safetravel.govt.nz

 

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