Managing constructive dissent re COVID policies

ASE made this Official Information request to Chris Hipkins

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Chris Hipkins should have responded by now (details and exceptions). The requester can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: ASE

Attn Chris Hipkins,

As it regards COVID response advice, guidance, policies, and related matters; as is offered to you, sought by you, and acted on by you,

• How is constructive dissent being encouraged? How is groupthink and confirmation bias being discouraged?

• What management practices are in place to ensure that constructive dissent is being encouraged; and groupthink and confirmation bias are being discouraged? How are these matters being assessed and managed (eg via "key performance indicators") on an ongoing basis, and what has been the assessment of such metrics? If such metrics are not being actively assessed and managed, then why are they not being actively assessed and managed?

• How has diversity of thought been compromised by mandates which exclude or otherwise marginalise those who dissent or conscientiously object to requirements to submit to medical treatments (aka "vaccinations")? If this issue has not been assessed, then why has this issue not been assessed?

Thank you,

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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:


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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.




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[3] or to the [4]Healthpoint website to
find a vaccination site near you.


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Future room releases will be announced on the MIQ website and social media

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We appreciate your patience. 

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

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See also: The Madness of Groupthink

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