Request for COVID Ministry advertising budget

Donna McMillan made this Official Information request to Chris Hipkins

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From: Donna McMillan

Dear Chris Hipkins,

I noticed a full page advert in the NZ Herald Saturday 26 June advising the successful roll out of the NZ's Vaccination roll out. Please advise the cost of this advertisement with a breakdown of costs. What other platforms and media outlets are stories advertising the vaccination rollout over the past two months (May &June 2021)
What is the annual budget for the you and your Ministry?
Could I also have a breakdown of what is spent and where?

Many thanks
Kind regards
Ngā mihi
Yours faithfully,
Donna McMillan

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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


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]
or the Ministry of Health website
here: [4]


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: Lydia Verschaffelt

Kia ora Donna

On behalf of Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for COVID-19 Response, thank you for your request of 28 June 2021 under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act).

The information requested appears to be more closely associated with the functions and responsibilities of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC). Accordingly I am transferring your request to DPMC under section 14(b)(ii) of the Act.

You have the right, under section 28 of the Act, to ask the Ombudsman to review this decision to transfer your request for information.

Thank you again for writing.

Ngā mihi

Lydia Verschaffelt | Health Private Secretary
Office of Hon Chris Hipkins
Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the Public Service | Leader of the House
Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

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