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Request for all Legal Opinions Relating to Vaccine Passports

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From: Chris McCashin

Dear Jacinda Ardern,

Can you please provide all of the legal opinions that have been completed on behalf of the government relating to the implementation of vaccine passports

- Specifically any opinions that say Vaccine Passports do not contravene the Bill of Rights and Human Rights Act
- Also specifically any and all opinions saying that Public Health trumps the Bill of Rights and Human Rights in New Zealand - on the off chance you have found one?!

We now know that the vaccine does not prevent transmission or stop people from getting the virus and there are conflicting reports that the efficacy of the vaccine might be six months only - nobody knows and we definitely don't get this information from the Ministry of Health who contradict and provide misinformation on a daily basis. Given that reason apart from being an administrative burden on business there really is no point for these as a card in no way proves if a person has antibodies and so they are pointless.

They are therefore only a form of a social credit system whereby the passport will be used to exclude people from society and implement active discrimination. How is this not like China's system?

Please provide evidence as to how this isn't active discrimination?
Please also provide comment as to how this fits in with the Labour mantra of "being kind".

Yours faithfully,

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From: Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

Kia ora


Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with Prime Minister Jacinda


If you are writing about an issue relating to COVID-19, mental health,
Immigration, housing or benefit assistance, here's a list of links that
you might find helpful:



For queries around Managed Isolation availability  and/or exemptions:


If you are overseas and need assistance please contact your nearest New
Zealand Embassy or Consulate. Contact details are listed in each
destination page on the SafeTravel website: 
  . For urgent consular assistance after-hours please contact +64 99 20 20
20 (monitored 24 hours a day).


For immigration and visa advice: contact the call centre which is open 
6:00am Monday to midnight on Saturday (NZT).


For urgent housing or benefit enquiries:

∙             Call 0800 559 009 (for under 65)

∙             Call 0800 552 002 (for over 65)


If you need treatment or support for your health or wellbeing, the
following options are available.


Healthline – You can call Healthline for health advice on freephone 0800
611 116 at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Healthline staff
can advise you on the best thing to do in your situation, including which
services are near you and open.


1737 – If you need to talk to someone about how you are feeling, you can
call or text 1737 for free at any time to talk to a trained counsellor.


Mental health crisis teams – If you are concerned that someone is going to
hurt themselves or someone else, you can call your local mental health
crisis team. A full list of numbers is available here:


For Police assistance In an emergency call 111.

For everything else use 105.

You can also make a report online at 105.police.govt.nz 


We hope that one of the above links helps answer your question, if not we
will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you again



Office of the Prime Minister





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From: Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

I am writing on behalf of the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act request.

Your request will be responded to under the provisions of the Official Information Act 1982.

Yours sincerely

Dinah Okeby
Office of the Prime Minister

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