3 November 2021
T Baker [FYI request #16178 email]
Dear Mr T Baker Official Information Act request relating to the Modelling Governance Group
Thank you for your request made under the Official Information Act (the Act), transferred to the
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on 16 August 2021. You requested:
“… information related to the “Modelling Governance Group” established by the
Ministry of Health;
Members of the Modelling Governance Group
Modelling Governance Group Terms of Reference
Fee Structure and cost of incurred to date by Ministry by all activities associated
with the Modelling Governance Group
Conflicts of interest declared by members of Modelling Governance Group
All minutes of meeting of Modelling Governance Group
All comments made to reports issued to Modelling Governance Group
All emails received or issued by the Ministry, by the Government, and by members
of the Modelling Governance Group, associated with the Modde3lling Governance
Group since group was appointed,”
On 11 October 2021 after sending you our initial response, you clarified that you were not
seeking information relating to the Strategic COVID-19 Public Health Advisory Group
(SCPHAG) but instead the Modelling Governance Group referred to in paragraph 7a of the
SCPHAG Terms of Reference.
I believe that the information you have requested is more closely connected with the functions
of the Treasury. Accordingly, I have decided under section 14(b)(ii) of the Act to transfer your
request to the Treasury. I have extended the 10 working day time limit available to make this
transfer, to 9 November 2021. This extension was required because of the consultations
needed to make a decision on this transfer.
You have the right to make a complaint to the Ombudsman to investigate and review my
decision under section 28(3) of the Act.
The Treasury has the usual timeframes under the Act from receipt of this transfer to make a
decision on your request.
Sarah Corbett Manager Ministerial and Business Services
Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand 6011
64 4 817 9700 Facsimile 64 4 472 3181 www.dpmc.govt.nz