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Co-funding arrangements with Microsoft and other tech companies

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From: Victoria Muninn

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,

Kindly provide all relevant documentation - papers, discussion documents, meeting notes, emails, or any other relevant information - about implemented and planned co-funding arrangements with Microsoft that the ministry has entered into since the last general election.

Please include a list of all beneficiary organisations, companies, NGOs, or collectives, or co-partners, for each co-funding arrangement, as well as their financial plans and data on Microsoft and the Ministry's provision of funds to them.

Please note when the Ministry first entered into discussions with Microsoft about co-funding arrangements, and include any strategy documents or discussion documents that arose from those discussions (also providing those).

If there are overarching documents about this new social and economic model that the Ministry has produced, or has been guided by and produced by another Ministry, business or institution, and list the names of those documents, briefly describing the contents of each.

Finally, please provide a list of all of the other technology companies that the Ministry has discussed the same co-funding arrangements with.

Yours faithfully,

Victoria Muninn

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From: Ministerial Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ref: 2122-0762

Dear Victoria,

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 30 September 2021 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

“Kindly provide all relevant documentation - papers, discussion documents,
meeting notes, emails, or any other relevant information - about
implemented and planned co-funding arrangements with Microsoft that the
ministry has entered into since the last general election.

 

Please include a list of all beneficiary organisations, companies, NGOs,
or collectives, or co-partners, for each co-funding arrangement, as well
as their financial plans and data on Microsoft and the Ministry's
provision of funds to them.

 

Please note when the Ministry first entered into discussions with
Microsoft about co-funding arrangements, and include any strategy
documents or discussion documents that arose from those discussions (also
providing those).

 

If there are overarching documents about this new social and economic
model that the Ministry has produced, or has been guided by and produced
by another Ministry, business or institution, and list the names of those
documents, briefly describing the contents of each.

Finally, please provide a list of all of the other technology companies
that the Ministry has discussed the same co-funding arrangements with”

Your request is being processed in accordance with the Act and a response
will be sent to you in due course.

Due to the current Covid-19 alert level, the Ministry is currently focused
on assisting with the pandemic response and your response may be delayed.
The Ministry will contact you to provide further updates specific to your
request once it has been assessed.

If you have any enquiries regarding your request, or its urgency, feel
free to contact us via email at [1][MBIE request email].

Nâku noa, nâ

Ministerial Services

Ngâ Pou o te Taumaru

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Level 4, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

NZBN 9429000106078

 

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Kia ora Victoria

We refer to your below request for official information regarding co-funding arrangements with Microsoft and other technology companies, which was received by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on 30 September 2021.

Please find attached a letter seeking clarification of your request.

If you are able to provide this clarification to us on or by Sunday 17 October 2021, that would be ideal. If we do not hear from you by then, we will proceed with the most obvious interpretation of your request.

In the attached we also advise you of an extension to transfer your request to another agency, should you amend your request to information that we believe another agency holds. In that circumstance, we have extended the time to potentially transfer any amended request we receive from you to 29 October 2021.

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

Ngā mihi

Ministerial Services
Engagement, Communications and Ministerial Services
Email: [MBIE request email]

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
15 Stout Street, Wellington Central, Wellington 6011
PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140
www.mbie.govt.nz

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Kia ora Victoria

We refer to your request for official information regarding co-funding arrangements, which was received by Hīkina Whakatutuki | Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, on 30 September 2021.

Please find attached a letter notifying you of the transfer of your request to Te Tari Taiwhenua | Department of Internal Affairs.

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

Ngā mihi

Ministerial Services
Engagement, Communications and Ministerial Services
Email: [MBIE request email]

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
15 Stout Street, Wellington Central, Wellington 6011
PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140
www.mbie.govt.nz

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Tçnâ koe Victoria,

Thank you for your OIA request, which was transferred from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment to the Department of Internal Affairs (included with this email).

The Department will provide its response to your request as soon as practicable and within twenty working days. The 20th working day is 19 November 2021

Please note that in cases where the Department’s response provides information that is identified to be of general public interest, the response may also be published on the Department of Internal Affairs website. If the Department publishes its response to your OIA request, all personal information, including your name and contact details, will be removed.

Nâku, nâ

Michelle Reed (she/her)  
Kaitohutohu Ârahi, te Ture Pârongo Ôkawa | Lead Advisor Official Correspondence 
Te Urûngi | Organisational Strategy & Performance
Level 6, 45 Pipitea St | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand |  www.dia.govt.nz

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From: Philip Rossiter


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From: Victoria Muninn

Dear Philip Rossiter,

Your response is simply is not true.

Government departments are partnering with multinational tech companies like Microsoft on a range of initiatives, although the active or direct partnerships may well be with some sort of QUANGO, rather than between the partners with whom the QUANGO has actively or directly entered into partnerships with.

For example:

https://www.belab.co.nz/our-partners

As per the link above, you can see that Belab partners with Microsoft at at least two government departments, a university, and a corporate: ACC, the Ministry of Social Development, AUT University, Microsoft, and Sudima Hotels.

Perhaps I did not word my request as well as I could have. In that case, I would like to resubmit my original request, but in a way that captures the example above, and any other examples of a similar sort:

Therefore, please provide a list of organisations partnered with government departments and corporate bodies.

No direct partnership arrangement between the government department and the corporate need formally exist or according to whatever definition you are working with (although they are bound to; and I expect, eventually, get a-hold of that correspondence.

Look at Belab as an example, and provide a list of similar initiatives, across government.

Thank you and sincerely,

Victoria Muninn

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From: OIA

Tçnâ koe Victoria,

Thank you for your OIA request to the Department of Internal Affairs (included with this email)

The Department will provide its response to your request as soon as practicable and within twenty working days. The 20th working day is 9 December 2021

Please note that in cases where the Department’s response provides information that is identified to be of general public interest, the response may also be published on the Department of Internal Affairs website. If the Department publishes its response to your OIA request, all personal information, including your name and contact details, will be removed.

Nâku, nâ

Michelle Reed (she/her)  
Kaitohutohu Ârahi, te Ture Pârongo Ôkawa | Lead Advisor Official Correspondence 
Te Urûngi | Organisational Strategy & Performance
Level 6, 45 Pipitea St | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand |  www.dia.govt.nz

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From: Philip Rossiter


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Kia Ora Victoria

Please find attached our letter extending the response time for your OIA request.

Regards

Philip

Philip Rossiter|Senior Policy Analyst|Kaitoha Kaupapahere Matua
Ministerial, Monitoring, and Capability Group
Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
Direct Dial: 04 462 0196|  Extn: 8496 
45 Pipitea Street |  PO Box 6011, Wellington 6140  |  www.dia.govt.nz

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From: Adrienne Moor

Kia ora Victoria,

Just following up on Philip's note to you below regarding your OIA request on government's commercial partnerships.

If possible I'd like to meet with you to discuss your request and the information the Department of Internal Affairs is able, and unable, to provide.

Please let me know if you'd be available to meet during the week beginning 10 January 2022? My preference would be virtually, via Zoom or MSTeams, or I could call you. Please let me know any suitable times and preferred mode.

Ngâ mihi,
Adrienne

Kia haumaru, kia piki te ora – keep well, keep safe.

Adrienne Moor
Ngâti Awa, Ngâi Tûhoe, Te Atiawa
Kaiarataki o Te Hôtaka Kapua a te Kâwanatanga | Stream Lead, Government Cloud Programme
Te Kôtui Whitiwhiti | Government Chief Digital Office
îmçra: [email address] | waea pukoro: +64 21 847 205

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From: Adrienne Moor

Kia ora ano,

 

Ngâ mihi o te tau hôu – happy New Year to you.

 

Just following up on my note below on if you would be available to meet to
discuss your OIA request?

 

Look forward to hearing from you.

 

Ngâ mihi, nâ,

Adrienne

 

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From: Adrienne Moor <[1][email address]>
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2021 4:58 PM
To: '[FOI #16957 email]'
Cc: Philip Rossiter
Subject: RE: OIA2122-0406 MUNIN - Government-commercial partnerships

 

Kia ora Victoria,

Just following up on Philip's note to you below regarding your OIA request
on government's commercial partnerships.

If possible I'd like to meet with you to discuss your request and the
information the Department of Internal Affairs is able, and unable, to
provide.

Please let me know if you'd be available to meet during the week beginning
10 January 2022?  My preference would be virtually, via Zoom or MSTeams,
or I could call you.  Please let me know any suitable times and preferred
mode.

Ngâ mihi,
Adrienne

Kia haumaru, kia piki te ora – keep well, keep safe.

Adrienne Moor
Ngâti Awa, Ngâi Tûhoe, Te Atiawa
Kaiarataki o Te Hôtaka Kapua a te Kâwanatanga | Stream Lead, Government
Cloud Programme
Te Kôtui Whitiwhiti | Government Chief Digital Office
îmçra: [2][email address] | waea pukoro: +64 21 847 205

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Dear Victoria,

 

Please find the attached response to your Official Information Act
Request.

 

Nāku noa, nā

 

Tiara Thorby | Policy Analyst

Ministerial Monitoring and Capability

Toi Hiranga | Regulation & Policy

Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua
45 Pipitea Street, Wellington
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