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Inclusion of international arrivals in contact tracing system

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From: Matthew Hooton

Dear Chris Hipkins,

On 17 November 2021, you told the All of Government Press Conference that "cases coming across the international border aren’t in our contact tracing system, whereas the local community cases already are in our contact tracing system. So we have to deal with the cumulative risk".

Under the Official Information Act, please advise or provide, as of 17 November:

1. The number of people in the New Zealand contact tracing system.
2. The criteria for inclusion in the contact tracing system.
3. Advice you have sought on how an arrival to New Zealand could gain entry into the contract tracing system.
4. Advice you have received on how an arrival to New Zealand could gain entry into the contract tracing system.
5. Advice you have received on any operational or administrative barriers to requiring all arrivals in New Zealand to enter into the contract tracing system.
6. Advice you have received on what cumulative risk those operational or administrative barriers would add to people already in New Zealand in terms of becoming (a) infected and (b) seriously ill with Covid 19.
7. Any other information on which your statement of 17 November quoted above was based.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Hooton

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Chris Hipkins

Kia ora

 

Thank you for taking the time to write to Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for
COVID-19 Response, Minister of Education, Minister for the Public Sector
and Leader of the House.

We are receiving a significant amount of correspondence at the moment and,
although your email will be carefully considered and noted, it is not
possible to respond to each individual email. However, please note that
this is an automatic response and we will endeavour to respond to your
individual queries as soon as we can.

You can find the latest information and guidance about Alert Levels at
[1]https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and...
The locations of interest are set out
at [2]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
encourage anyone who has been at one of the locations of interest at the
time specified to self-isolate and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. You
can find the nearest testing centre to you
at [3]https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/.

We appreciate that this is a challenging time. If you need to talk, you
can call or text 1737 at any time. Mental health and wellbeing resources
are also available
at [4]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
about the financial support available to individuals and businesses can be
found at [5]https://covid19.govt.nz/business-and-mon....

We also understand that there are several other aspects to the response
that are very important to people. You can find more information about:

o Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ)
at [6]https://www.miq.govt.nz/, including how to request an emergency
allocation
at [7]https://www.miq.govt.nz/travel-to-new-ze...
make a complaint or request a review of your application by
emailing [8]https://www.miq.govt.nz/about/contact-us....
o Travel with Australia
at [9]https://covid19.govt.nz/travel/quarantin...
you are in Australia, please register
at [10]https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ and if it is an emergency,
contact the Consulate on +64 99 20 20 20.
o Vaccines at [11]https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccines/, including
how to book your vaccine
at [12]https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/... by calling 0800 28
29 26.
o Vaccine data and statistics
at [13]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
Medsafe’s vaccine safety monitoring reports
at [14]https://www.medsafe.govt.nz/COVID-19/vac...
o The Government’s plan to reconnect New Zealand with the rest of the
world
at [16]https://covid19.govt.nz/reconnecting-new....

Please remember to take care, and be kind. We have beaten COVID-19 before,
and we can do it again.

Ngā mihi,

Office of Hon Chris Hipkins

Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the
Public Sector | Leader of the House | MP for Remutaka

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From: Matthew Hooton

Dear Chris Hipkins

This OIA request, dated 20 November, seems to have been overlooked. Could you please follow up.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Hooton

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From: C Hipkins (MIN)
Chris Hipkins

Thank you for your email.

 

Please accept this as acknowledgement that your email has been received by
my office.

 

My office is closed from Thursday 23 December 2021, reopening Monday 10
January 2022, so there may be a delay in responding to your query.

 

In the meantime, you can find more information below:

 

General COVID-19 information and testing

 

All the latest COVID-19 information can be found at [1]covid19.govt.nz

 

Locations of interest [2]can be found here. You can also call Healthline
free on 0800 611 116 for health advice and information, including where to
get tested.

 

Vaccination

 

To get your COVID-19 vaccination head to
[3]bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz or to the [4]Healthpoint website to
find a vaccination site near you.

 

For help with My Vaccine Pass you can call 0800 222 478 or head to
[5]mycovidrecord.health.nz to get it online.

Managed Isolation

Anyone with queries regarding MIQ should contact +64 4 931 5720 if you’re
overseas (rates will apply) or 0800 476 647 if you’re in New Zealand.

You can also submit an enquiry via the [6]MIQ website.

 

Anyone with queries about changes to flights should
email [7][email address] with a copy of their original flight
ticket and their voucher, and details of the new flight number. This email
is monitored 24/7.

MIQ will continue to process [8]Emergency Allocation and [9]Exemption
requests throughout the holiday period. If you require an update on an
existing application then you can view the live status of your application
via the MIQ customer portal at any time.

There are still rooms to be released for January, February and March 2022.
Future room releases will be announced on the MIQ website and social media
platforms.

COVID-19 Protection Framework

 

If you have questions about the traffic light system, you can [10]make an
enquiry here.    

We appreciate your patience. 

Thanks again.
Authorised by Chris Hipkins MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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