COVID-19 inoculations and culpability for human rights violations, crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes

ASE made this Official Information request to Andrew Little

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Andrew Little should have responded by now (details and exceptions). You can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: ASE

Attn Andrew Little,

So far as it is practicable, and consistent with The Official Information Act, I would like to request that Andrew Little forward this request for information to any relevant department or interdepartmental venture or Minister of the Crown or organisation, or local authority, or any other party directly advising on these matters, and advise accordingly as per The Official Information Act. Notwithstanding such compliance with The Official Information Act, I do expect that Andrew Little can substantively address all of the matters raised herein.

Is Andrew Little aware of any long-term safety data for any COVID-19 inoculations? If so, what is that data?

Is Andrew Little aware of any long-term efficacy data for any COVID-19 inoculations? If so, what is that data?

Considering what is and what is not known of long-term safety and efficacy of COVID-19 inoculations, what consideration has Andrew Little given to the status of COVID-19 inoculations as “experimental” medical treatments? What scientific and medical basis does Andrew Little have for asserting that COVID-19 inoculations are not “experimental” medical treatments? If this has not been considered by Andrew Little, then why has this not been considered?

What contingency plans have been considered by Andrew Little, if COVID-19 inoculations may prove to be unsafe, ineffective, unnecessary, and/or otherwise harmful to personal health and/or public health (as “public health” is generally understood)? If this has not been considered by Andrew Little, then why has this not been considered?

In consideration of positions, polices, and/or legislation (including, but not limited to messaging and medical advice, collective punishments, and segregation) which may appear as intent to use force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reach, or other ulterior forms of constraint or coercion to encourage, incentivize, or otherwise promote COVID-19 inoculations, what consideration has Andrew Little given to the effects of such positions, polices, and/or legislation respecting healthcare providers' legal and ethical obligations to empower their patients to exercise their rights of informed consent (including rights of informed refusal)? How do such positions, polices, and/or legislation respect patients' rights regarding informed consent (including rights of informed refusal)? If this has not been considered by Andrew Little, then why has this not been considered?

In consideration of positions, polices, and/or legislation (including, but not limited to messaging and medical advice, collective punishments, and segregation) which may appear as intent to use force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reach, or other ulterior forms of constraint or coercion to encourage, incentivize, or otherwise promote COVID-19 inoculations, what consideration has Andrew Little given to the effects of such positions, polices, and/or legislation respecting individual human rights (including human rights as recognised under national and international frameworks), such as individual human rights to privacy and confidentiality of medical information; and individual human rights to refuse medical treatment, with or without reason? If this has not been considered by Andrew Little, then why has this not been considered?

In consideration of the questions raised above, and related matters, what consideration has Andrew Little given to the possibility that positions, polices, and/or legislation (including, but not limited to messaging and medical advice, collective punishments, and segregation) which may appear as intent to use force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reach, or other ulterior forms of constraint or coercion to encourage, incentivize, or otherwise promote COVID-19 inoculations, may expose proponents, advocates, and/or actors on behalf of such positions, polices, and/or legislation to culpability for human rights violations, crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes? If this has not been considered by Andrew Little, then why has this not been considered?

Thank you,
ASE

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Jacinda Ardern - https://fyi.org.nz/request/17824-covid-1...

Chris Hipkins - https://fyi.org.nz/request/17825-covid-1...

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - https://fyi.org.nz/request/17826-covid-1...

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From: A Little Office (MIN)
Andrew Little

Tçnâ koe

 

Thank you for contacting the office of Hon Andrew Little MP, Minister of
Health, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister Responsible
for the NZSIS, Minister Responsible for the GCSB, Minister Responsible for
Pike River Re-entry and Lead Coordination Minister for the Government’s
Response to The Royal Commission’s Report into the Terrorist Attack on the
Christchurch Mosques.

 

For the latest updates on COVID-19, we encourage you to check the
dedicated [1]COVID-19 and [2]Ministry of Health websites regularly. They
will be updated as soon as new information is available.

 

Current locations of interest are set out at
[3]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise....

 

To get your My Vaccine Pass online head to
[4]https://mycovidrecord.health.nz/ or for help over the phone you can
call 0800 222 478 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week. Those pharmacies
giving COVID-19 vaccines can also help with My Vaccine Pass face to face,
and can be found here:
[5]https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19-v....

 

For general health advice and information you can call Healthline on
Freephone 0800 611 116 anytime.

 

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. There is
more information available here: [6]https://1737.org.nz/.

 

While the Minister considers all correspondence to be important, and all
messages are carefully read and considered, it is not always possible to
personally reply to all emails. As such, the following guidelines apply:

 

·         If your message is for Minister Little’s advice, or if you have
copied your email to another Minister and/or Member of Parliament with
more appropriate portfolio responsibilities, then this will be noted,

·         If you have invited Minister Little to an event then a member of
staff may contact you for more information if the Minister’s attendance
might be possible,

·         If you have made a request for official information then this
will be managed in accordance with the provisions of the Official
Information Act 1982, which may include transfer to a more relevant
Minister or agency,

·         If you have made a request under the Privacy Act then this will
be managed in accordance with the principles of the Privacy Act 1993,
which may include transfer to a more relevant Minister or agency,

·         If you are a journalist then your request will be triaged by a
press secretary,

·         To find out more about Minister Little read his [7]biography or
recent [8]statements.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

Office of Hon Andrew Little MP
Reception +64 4 817 8707 | Ministerial Email [9][Andrew Little request email]
| Web [10]beehive.govt.nz | Postal Freepost Parliament, Private Bag 18
041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

 

 

 

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Kia ora

 

Thank you for your email received 4 February 2022 in which you submitted
an Official Information Act request to the Hon Andrew Little, Minister of
Health.

 

You requested:

 

“1. Is Andrew Little aware of any long-term safety data for any COVID-19
inoculations? If so, what is that data?

2. Is Andrew Little aware of any long-term efficacy data for any COVID-19
inoculations? If so, what is that data?

3. Considering what is and what is not known of long-term safety and
efficacy of COVID-19 inoculations, what consideration has Andrew Little
given to the status of COVID-19 inoculations as “experimental” medical
treatments? What scientific and medical basis does Andrew Little have for
asserting that COVID-19 inoculations are not “experimental” medical
treatments? If this has not been considered by Andrew Little, then why has
this not been considered?

4. What contingency plans have been considered by Andrew Little, if
COVID-19 inoculations may prove to be unsafe, ineffective, unnecessary,
and/or otherwise harmful to personal health and/or public health (as
“public health” is generally understood)? If this has not been considered
by Andrew Little, then why has this not been considered?

4. In consideration of positions, polices, and/or legislation (including,
but not limited to messaging and medical advice, collective punishments,
and segregation) which may appear as intent to use force, fraud, deceit,
duress, over-reach, or other ulterior forms of constraint or coercion to
encourage, incentivize, or otherwise promote COVID-19 inoculations, what
consideration has Andrew Little given to the effects of such positions,
polices, and/or legislation respecting healthcare providers' legal and
ethical obligations to empower their patients to exercise their rights of
informed consent (including rights of informed refusal)? How do such
positions, polices, and/or legislation respect patients' rights regarding
informed consent (including rights of informed refusal)? If this has not
been considered by Andrew Little, then why has this not been considered?

5.In consideration of positions, polices, and/or legislation (including,
but not limited to messaging and medical advice, collective punishments,
and segregation) which may appear as intent to use force, fraud, deceit,
duress, over-reach, or other ulterior forms of constraint or coercion to
encourage, incentivize, or otherwise promote COVID-19 inoculations, what
consideration has Andrew Little given to the effects of such positions,
polices, and/or legislation respecting individual human rights (including
human rights as recognised under national and international frameworks),
such as individual human rights to privacy and confidentiality of medical
information; and individual human rights to refuse medical treatment, with
or without reason? If this has not been considered by Andrew Little, then
why has this not been considered?

6. In consideration of the questions raised above, and related matters,
what consideration has Andrew Little given to the possibility that
positions, polices, and/or legislation (including, but not limited to
messaging and medical advice, collective punishments, and segregation)
which may appear as intent to use force, fraud, deceit, duress,
over-reach, or other ulterior forms of constraint or coercion to
encourage, incentivize, or otherwise promote COVID-19 inoculations, may
expose proponents, advocates, and/or actors on behalf of such positions,
polices, and/or legislation to culpability for human rights violations,
crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes? If this has not been
considered by Andrew Little, then why has this not been considered?”

 

Pursuant to section 15 (1) of the Act we will endeavour to respond to your
request as soon as possible, and no later than 7 March 2022 being 20
working days after the day your request was received. If we are unable to
respond to your request within this timeframe, we will notify you of an
extension of that timeframe.

 

If you have any queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to
get in touch.

 

Ngâ mihi nui

 

 

Steph Harding
Private Secretary (Health)

 

Office of Hon Andrew Little MP, Minister of Health, Lead Coordination
Minister for the Government’s Response to The Royal Commission’s Report
into the Terrorist Attack on the Christchurch Mosques, Minister for Treaty
of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister Responsible for the NZSIS, Minister
Responsible for the GCSB, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry
Reception +64 4 817 8707 | Ministerial Email
[1][Andrew Little request email] | Web [2]beehive.govt.nz | Postal Freepost
Parliament, Private Bag 18 041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New
Zealand

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Please note information about meetings related to the Ministers’
portfolios will be proactively released (this does not include personal or
constituency matters). For each meeting in scope, the summary would list:
date, time (start and finish), brief description, location, who the
meeting was with, and the portfolio. If you attend a meeting with the
Minister on behalf of an organisation, the name of the organisation will
be released. If you are a senior staff member at an organisation, or meet
with the Minister in your personal capacity, your name may also be
released. The location of the meeting will be released, unless it is a
private residence. The proactive release will be consistent with the
provisions in the Official Information Act, including privacy
considerations. Under the Privacy Act 1993 you have the right to ask for a
copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to
be corrected if you think it is wrong. If you’d like to ask for a copy of
your information, or to have it corrected, or are concerned about the
release of your information in the meeting disclosure, please contact the
sender. You can read more about the proactive release policy at
[8]https://www.dia.govt.nz/Proactive-Releas...

Authorised by Hon Andrew Little MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160,
New Zealand

 

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Kia ora

 

Thank you for your request for official information, received on 4
February 2022.

 

This office has decided to extend the period of time available to respond
to your request under section 15A of the Official Information Act 1982
(the Act) as further collation and consultation is required.

 

You can now expect a response to your request on, or before, 4 April 2022.

 

You have the right, under section 28 of the Act, to ask the Ombudsman to
review my decision to extend the time available to respond to your
request.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

 

Steph Harding
Private Secretary (Health)

 

Office of Hon Andrew Little MP, Minister of Health, Lead Coordination
Minister for the Government’s Response to The Royal Commission’s Report
into the Terrorist Attack on the Christchurch Mosques, Minister for Treaty
of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister Responsible for the NZSIS, Minister
Responsible for the GCSB, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry
Reception +64 4 817 8707 | Ministerial Email
[1][Andrew Little request email] | Web [2]beehive.govt.nz | Postal Freepost
Parliament, Private Bag 18 041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New
Zealand

[3]https://xink.io/wp-content/themes/Xink/a...

Please note information about meetings related to the Ministers’
portfolios will be proactively released (this does not include personal or
constituency matters). For each meeting in scope, the summary would list:
date, time (start and finish), brief description, location, who the
meeting was with, and the portfolio. If you attend a meeting with the
Minister on behalf of an organisation, the name of the organisation will
be released. If you are a senior staff member at an organisation, or meet
with the Minister in your personal capacity, your name may also be
released. The location of the meeting will be released, unless it is a
private residence. The proactive release will be consistent with the
provisions in the Official Information Act, including privacy
considerations. Under the Privacy Act 1993 you have the right to ask for a
copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to
be corrected if you think it is wrong. If you’d like to ask for a copy of
your information, or to have it corrected, or are concerned about the
release of your information in the meeting disclosure, please contact the
sender. You can read more about the proactive release policy at
[8]https://www.dia.govt.nz/Proactive-Releas...

Authorised by Hon Andrew Little MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160,
New Zealand

 

From: Steph Harding
Sent: Thursday, 17 February 2022 10:53 AM
To: '[FOI #18439 email]'
<[FOI #18439 email]>
Subject: Acknowledgement of your request for official information -
ALOIA159

 

Kia ora

 

Thank you for your email received 4 February 2022 in which you submitted
an Official Information Act request to the Hon Andrew Little, Minister of
Health.

 

You requested:

 

“1. Is Andrew Little aware of any long-term safety data for any COVID-19
inoculations? If so, what is that data?

2. Is Andrew Little aware of any long-term efficacy data for any COVID-19
inoculations? If so, what is that data?

3. Considering what is and what is not known of long-term safety and
efficacy of COVID-19 inoculations, what consideration has Andrew Little
given to the status of COVID-19 inoculations as “experimental” medical
treatments? What scientific and medical basis does Andrew Little have for
asserting that COVID-19 inoculations are not “experimental” medical
treatments? If this has not been considered by Andrew Little, then why has
this not been considered?

4. What contingency plans have been considered by Andrew Little, if
COVID-19 inoculations may prove to be unsafe, ineffective, unnecessary,
and/or otherwise harmful to personal health and/or public health (as
“public health” is generally understood)? If this has not been considered
by Andrew Little, then why has this not been considered?

4. In consideration of positions, polices, and/or legislation (including,
but not limited to messaging and medical advice, collective punishments,
and segregation) which may appear as intent to use force, fraud, deceit,
duress, over-reach, or other ulterior forms of constraint or coercion to
encourage, incentivize, or otherwise promote COVID-19 inoculations, what
consideration has Andrew Little given to the effects of such positions,
polices, and/or legislation respecting healthcare providers' legal and
ethical obligations to empower their patients to exercise their rights of
informed consent (including rights of informed refusal)? How do such
positions, polices, and/or legislation respect patients' rights regarding
informed consent (including rights of informed refusal)? If this has not
been considered by Andrew Little, then why has this not been considered?

5.In consideration of positions, polices, and/or legislation (including,
but not limited to messaging and medical advice, collective punishments,
and segregation) which may appear as intent to use force, fraud, deceit,
duress, over-reach, or other ulterior forms of constraint or coercion to
encourage, incentivize, or otherwise promote COVID-19 inoculations, what
consideration has Andrew Little given to the effects of such positions,
polices, and/or legislation respecting individual human rights (including
human rights as recognised under national and international frameworks),
such as individual human rights to privacy and confidentiality of medical
information; and individual human rights to refuse medical treatment, with
or without reason? If this has not been considered by Andrew Little, then
why has this not been considered?

6. In consideration of the questions raised above, and related matters,
what consideration has Andrew Little given to the possibility that
positions, polices, and/or legislation (including, but not limited to
messaging and medical advice, collective punishments, and segregation)
which may appear as intent to use force, fraud, deceit, duress,
over-reach, or other ulterior forms of constraint or coercion to
encourage, incentivize, or otherwise promote COVID-19 inoculations, may
expose proponents, advocates, and/or actors on behalf of such positions,
polices, and/or legislation to culpability for human rights violations,
crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes? If this has not been
considered by Andrew Little, then why has this not been considered?”

 

Pursuant to section 15 (1) of the Act we will endeavour to respond to your
request as soon as possible, and no later than 7 March 2022 being 20
working days after the day your request was received. If we are unable to
respond to your request within this timeframe, we will notify you of an
extension of that timeframe.

 

If you have any queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to
get in touch.

 

Ngâ mihi nui

 

 

Steph Harding
Private Secretary (Health)

 

Office of Hon Andrew Little MP, Minister of Health, Lead Coordination
Minister for the Government’s Response to The Royal Commission’s Report
into the Terrorist Attack on the Christchurch Mosques, Minister for Treaty
of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister Responsible for the NZSIS, Minister
Responsible for the GCSB, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry
Reception +64 4 817 8707 | Ministerial Email
[9][Andrew Little request email] | Web [10]beehive.govt.nz | Postal Freepost
Parliament, Private Bag 18 041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New
Zealand

[11]https://xink.io/wp-content/themes/Xink/a...

Please note information about meetings related to the Ministers’
portfolios will be proactively released (this does not include personal or
constituency matters). For each meeting in scope, the summary would list:
date, time (start and finish), brief description, location, who the
meeting was with, and the portfolio. If you attend a meeting with the
Minister on behalf of an organisation, the name of the organisation will
be released. If you are a senior staff member at an organisation, or meet
with the Minister in your personal capacity, your name may also be
released. The location of the meeting will be released, unless it is a
private residence. The proactive release will be consistent with the
provisions in the Official Information Act, including privacy
considerations. Under the Privacy Act 1993 you have the right to ask for a
copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to
be corrected if you think it is wrong. If you’d like to ask for a copy of
your information, or to have it corrected, or are concerned about the
release of your information in the meeting disclosure, please contact the
sender. You can read more about the proactive release policy at
[16]https://www.dia.govt.nz/Proactive-Releas...

Authorised by Hon Andrew Little MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160,
New Zealand

 

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Kia ora ASE

 

Please find attached a response to your request for official information
from Hon Andrew Little, Minister of Health.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

Steph Harding
Private Secretary (Health)

 

Office of Hon Andrew Little MP, Minister of Health, Lead Coordination
Minister for the Government’s Response to The Royal Commission’s Report
into the Terrorist Attack on the Christchurch Mosques, Minister for Treaty
of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister Responsible for the NZSIS, Minister
Responsible for the GCSB, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry
Reception +64 4 817 8707 | Ministerial Email
[1][Andrew Little request email] | Web [2]beehive.govt.nz | Postal Freepost
Parliament, Private Bag 18 041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New
Zealand

[3]https://xink.io/wp-content/themes/Xink/a...

Please note information about meetings related to the Ministers’
portfolios will be proactively released (this does not include personal or
constituency matters). For each meeting in scope, the summary would list:
date, time (start and finish), brief description, location, who the
meeting was with, and the portfolio. If you attend a meeting with the
Minister on behalf of an organisation, the name of the organisation will
be released. If you are a senior staff member at an organisation, or meet
with the Minister in your personal capacity, your name may also be
released. The location of the meeting will be released, unless it is a
private residence. The proactive release will be consistent with the
provisions in the Official Information Act, including privacy
considerations. Under the Privacy Act 1993 you have the right to ask for a
copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to
be corrected if you think it is wrong. If you’d like to ask for a copy of
your information, or to have it corrected, or are concerned about the
release of your information in the meeting disclosure, please contact the
sender. You can read more about the proactive release policy at
[8]https://www.dia.govt.nz/Proactive-Releas...

Authorised by Hon Andrew Little MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160,
New Zealand

 

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From: ASE

Attn Andrew Little

My request my information is just that, a request for information held by you and your office. As I expect that these issues would have been very seriously considered by you and your office, I reasonably expect that you can provide the requested information. As such, it is not in any way an attempt to request an opinion, engage in debate, or otherwise misuse The Official Information Act.

I also note that a substantive response to this request remains long overdue.

As a matter of clarification: By citing section 18(g) of The Official Information Act, is this to be construed as meaning that these issues have not been considered by you and your office?

I continue to await a substantive response to the previous requests for information, and also new request for information, directly above. In the meantime, because of the lack of transparency and the excessive delay, I will be filing a formal complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman.

Thank you,
ASE

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Kia ora ASE,

Thank you for your response. Please note, that whilst Minister Little is the Minister for Health he is not the Minister for COVID-19 response, therefore my office does not hold this information. You are welcome to request this information from Hon Chris Hipkins, the Minister for COVID-19 Response.

Under section 28(3) of the Act, you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to review any decisions made under this request. The Ombudsman may be contacted by email at: [email address] or by calling 0800 802 602.

Ngā mihi

Steph Harding
Private Secretary (Health)

Office of Hon Andrew Little MP, Minister of Health, Lead Coordination Minister for the Government’s Response to The Royal Commission’s Report into the Terrorist Attack on the Christchurch Mosques, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister Responsible for the NZSIS, Minister Responsible for the GCSB, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry
Reception +64 4 817 8707 | Ministerial Email [Andrew Little request email] | Web beehive.govt.nz | Postal Freepost Parliament, Private Bag 18 041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

Please note information about meetings related to the Ministers’ portfolios will be proactively released (this does not include personal or constituency matters). For each meeting in scope, the summary would list: date, time (start and finish), brief description, location, who the meeting was with, and the portfolio. If you attend a meeting with the Minister on behalf of an organisation, the name of the organisation will be released. If you are a senior staff member at an organisation, or meet with the Minister in your personal capacity, your name may also be released. The location of the meeting will be released, unless it is a private residence. The proactive release will be consistent with the provisions in the Official Information Act, including privacy considerations. Under the Privacy Act 1993 you have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to be corrected if you think it is wrong. If you’d like to ask for a copy of your information, or to have it corrected, or are concerned about the release of your information in the meeting disclosure, please contact the sender. You can read more about the proactive release policy at https://www.dia.govt.nz/Proactive-Releas...
Authorised by Hon Andrew Little MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

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Attn Andrew Little

I repeat: As a matter of clarification: By citing section 18(g) of The Official Information Act, is this to be construed as meaning that these issues have not been considered by you and your office?

As for requesting this information from Chris Hipkins, Minister for COVID-19 Response, do you have reason to believe that Chris Hipkins and/or his office, holds the information being requested? Please provide any information that substantiates that belief.

Thank you,
ASE

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