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By email: [FYI request #16077 email]
Tēnā koe Harold
Response to your request for official information
Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act) on 14 July 2021 for
several COVID-19 documents. You stated you are interested in “…copies of three documents
mentioned in the COVID-19 Independent Continuous Review, Improvement and Advice Group’s
review of the February outbreak response.”
Please find a response to each part of your request below.
“1) Auckland February Outbreak 2021 – Internal Review of the Auckland February
Outbreak 2021 Response 2) Auckland February Outbreak 2021 – Internal Review of the Incident Management
While the Ministry of Health (the Ministry) has endeavoured to search for any information within
the scope of this part of your request, only one internal review document was found. This
document is outlined in Appendix 1 with a copy enclosed with this letter. No other documents
were found within the scope of the above request. Therefore, part of your request for information
relating to the “Internal Review of the Incident Management Team Response”
is refused under
section 18(e) of the Act, as the information requested does not exist, or despite reasonable efforts,
cannot be found.
“I'd like this to include the two collateral documents mentioned on pages 17-18 of the
report which are described as the “February Cluster Debrief” and the “brief memo on
media information leaks.”
The document titled “February Cluster Debrief
” has been identified and outlined in Appendix 1
with a copy enclosed. The document titled “brief memo on media information leaks”
in Appendix 1 but is withheld in full under section 9(2)(ba)(i) of the Act, to protect information
that is subject to an obligation of confidence and making it available would likely prejudice the
supply of similar information, or information from the same source, and section 9(2)(ba)(ii) of the
Act, to protect information that is subject to an obligation of confidence and making it available
would likely damage the public interest.
Please note, the Department of Internal Affairs did not receive a copy of the “February Cluster
document and therefore had no opportunity to comment.
“3) Manatû Hauora COVID-19 Resurgence Plan”
This document will soon be proactively released on the Ministry website. Therefore, this part of
your request is refused under section 18(d) as information requested will soon be made publicly
Under section 28(3) of the Act you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to review any
decisions made under this request. The Ombudsman may be contacted by email at: [email address]
or by calling 0800 802 602.
Please note that this response, with your personal details removed, may be published on the
Ministry of Health website at: www.health.govt.nz/about-ministry/information-releases.
Nāku noa, nā
Dom Harris Manager
Office Of the DCE
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Appendix 1: List of documents for release
Decision on release
Auckland February Outbreak 2021 -
Released in full
Internal Review of the Auckland February
Outbreak 2021 Response
February Cluster Debrief
Released in full
Brief memo on media information leaks
Withheld in full under section 9(2)(ba)(ii)
of the Act.
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