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Correspondence and research materials concerning DentalSlim Diet Control Device

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From: Roxie

Dear University of Otago,

This is an official information act request for any and all materials, research, and correspondence concerning the “DentalSlim Diet Control Device.” This includes all internal correspondence and research materials from the University, and any external correspondence from the University and its members to any outside research facilities, media outlets, government entities, or any other institutions or members of the general public, concerning the "DentalSlim Diet Control Device.”

Yours faithfully,


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University of Otago

Kia ora Roxie

We acknowledge receipt of your information request dated 22 July 2021 made under the Official Information Act 1982 (Act) in relation to the "DentalSlim Diet Control Device".

As you may be aware, section 12(1) of the Act grants the right to make requests under the Act to citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand, and those in New Zealand. On the basis of your request we are unable to confirm that you are eligible on these grounds. To allow us to progress your request further, we ask that you please provide us with suitable evidence of your eligibility. We are available to discuss this further if you wish; we can also give assurance that any evidence provided which might identify you will be kept in confidence. We would be grateful if you could come back to us on this soon, even if only to confirm that such evidence will be forthcoming, as this will allow us to commence processing your request and prevent the potential need for an extension of time in responding to you. You can contact me privately via the contact details set out below if you wish.

We also note that your request is extremely broad and in its current form will be very difficult, if not impracticable, for us to provide. At this stage we would be likely to decline your request on the basis of 18(f) of the Act as it will require substantial research and collation. Would it be possible to clarify and/or limit the scope of your request to make the request practically manageable. We can provide you with a copy of the ethics application and approval and documents in relation to the ethics application. Would that suffice?

We will wait to hear back from you before we continue to process your request.

Ngâ mihi

Mayhaka Mendis • Manager, Policy and Compliance • Deputy Privacy Officer • Te Tari o Te Pouroki me te Kaituhi ki te Kaunihera, Office of the Registrar •Te Whare Wânanga o Ôtâkou, University of Otago • P.O Box 56, Dunedin • Tel +64 3 479 8993

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