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From: George Morrison

Dear Chris Hipkins,

Please provide me with all information held by you and your office in relation to the decision to freeze pay increases for the public sector, including all notes, emails, text messages, memos, briefings and papers.

Yours faithfully,

George Morrison

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From: C Hipkins (MIN)
Chris Hipkins

Kia ora

 

Thank you for taking the time to write to Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for
COVID-19 Response, Minister of Education, Minister for the Public Sector
and Leader of the House. We are receiving a significant amount of
correspondence at the moment and, although your email will be carefully
considered and noted, it is not possible to respond to each individual
email.

 

For the latest updates on COVID-19, we encourage you to regularly check
the dedicated [1]COVID-19 and [2]Ministry of Health websites regularly.
They will be updated as soon as new information is available.

 

If your query is in regards to the COVID-19 vaccine, there are substantive
resources about our COVID-19 vaccine planning and our COVID-19 vaccine
strategy on the dedicated COVID-19 website
here: [3]https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellb...
or the Ministry of Health website
here: [4]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise....

 

Please remember to take care, and be kind. We have beaten COVID-19 before,
and we can do it again.

Ngā mihi,

Office of Hon Chris Hipkins

Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the
Public Sector | Leader of the House | MP for Remutaka

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From: Christina Connolly

Dear George,

Thank you for your Official Information Act request to Hon Chris Hipkins, requesting "all information held by you and your office in relation to the decision to freeze pay increases for the public sector, including all notes, emails, text messages, memos, briefings and papers."

The Minister is considering your request, and you can expect a response by 4 June 2021.

Kind regards,

Christina

Christina Connolly | Private Secretary| Office of the Minister for the Public Service, Hon Chris Hipkins
6.3 Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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From: Christina Connolly

Hi George

I refer to your official information request dated 7 May 2021 requesting all information held by you and your office in relation to the decision to freeze pay increases for the public sector, including all notes, emails, text messages, memos, briefings and papers.

The Official Information Act 1982 requires that I advise you of the Ministers decision on your request no later than 20 working days after the day the request was received. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to meet that time limit and I am, therefore, writing to notify you of an extension of the time to make a decision, to 2 July 2021.

This extension is necessary because consultations necessary to make a decision on your request are such that a proper response cannot reasonably be made within the original time.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of your request with us, including this decision, please feel free to contact me ([email address])

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision. Information about how to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone 0800 802 602.

Kind regards,

Christina

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T Edwards left an annotation ()

Section 15A of the OIA requires that the Minister 'give the reasons for the extension' and I would be keen to understand what consultations needed to occur (and that remain outstanding) for the need to extend for another 20 working days to make a decision (this could be a separate OIA that you could submit). I would also encourage you to file a complaint with the Ombudsman, as they can make enquiries about whether the extension was necessary in the circumstances. The SSC have also extended all of the OIAs that they received on this topic too.

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Hi George,

Thank you for your OIA request to Hon Chris Hipkins about pay restraint.

Please find attached a letter of reply.

Best wishes,

Christina

Christina Connolly | Private Secretary| Office of the Minister for the Public Service, Hon Chris Hipkins
6.3 Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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From: Christina Connolly

Hi George

 

As advised in the Minister’s response to your OIA request dated 5 July
2021, we have now published the following information listed in the table
below on the Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission (the Commission)
website.

 

The documents can be found on the Commission’s website [1]here.

 

Item Date Report Number Document
Description
  2 April SSC2020/0057 REPORT:
2020 Managing
remuneration
pressures in
the State
Services
  28 2020/0161 JOINT
September REPORT: 
2020 Update on the
State Sector
Employment
Relations
Environment –
September
2020
  15 2021/0025 AIDE MEMOIRE:
February Update on
2021 Government
Workforce
Policy
Statement
  15 April 2021/0087 REPORT:
2021 Approval of
the
Government
Workforce
Policy
Statement on
employment
relations and
timing of
release
  26 2020/0201 REPORT: 
November Information
2020 release of
the 2020
Workforce
Data
  3 March 2021/0044 AIDE
2021 MEMOIRE: 
Oral item:
Pay Restraint
in the Public
Sector
  5 March 2021/0021 REPORT: 
2021 Updated
Employment
Relations
Expectations:
Government
Workforce
Policy
Statement
(GWPS) for
the public
sector
  12 April Not applicable CABINET
2021 PAPER:
Government
Workforce
Policy
Statement
  12 April CAB-21-MIN-0103 MINUTE:
2021 Government
Workforce
Policy
Statement for
the Public
Sector
  7 April SWC-21-MIN-0039 MINUTE:
2021 Cabinet
Social
Wellbeing
Committee
Minute of
Decision –
Government
Workforce
Policy
Statement for
the Public
Sector

 

Best wishes,

 

Christina

 

Christina Connolly | Private Secretary| Office of the Minister for the
Public Service, Hon Chris Hipkins

6.3 Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

 

 

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