Reasons for continuation of Covid-19 (all legislature) beyond 30 June 2022
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From: Chris Wardle
Dear Chris Hipkins,
As it is now clear that the rest of the world has, or is in a state of repeal of the Covid emergency powers (and New Zealand has "caught up" with the level of infection and endemicity is being discussed) what criteria remain here that require the citizens of this country to have not have the same repeal process made by 30 June 2022 (as communicated previously) and why it should be held back until the end date set in May 2023.
From: C Hipkins (MIN)
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From: C Hipkins (MIN)
Kia ora Chris,
Thank you for your Official Information Act 1982 (the Act) request received on 8 May 2022. You have requested:
“As it is now clear that the rest of the world has, or is in a state of repeal of the Covid emergency powers (and New Zealand has "caught up" with the level of infection and endemicity is being discussed) what criteria remain here that require the citizens of this country to have not have the same repeal process made by 30 June 2022 (as communicated previously) and why it should be held back until the end date set in May 2023 ”
This is to advise that under section 15A of the Act, the time limit for deciding on your request has been extended by an additional 10 working days. Consequently, the extended due date for your response will be 20 June 2022.
The extension is required because of the consultations needed to make a decision on your request. Despite the extension, a response will be sent to you as soon as possible.
You have the right to ask the Ombudsman to investigate and review my decision under section 28(3) of the Act.
Office of Hon Chris Hipkins
Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister of the Public Service | Leader of the House
Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand
From: A Verrall (MIN)
Kia ora Chris Wardle,
Please find attached a response to your request for information to the previous Minister for COVID-19 Response, Hon Chris Hipkins. Due to the change in ministerial portfolios, there was a delay in responding and we apologise for this.
Office of Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall
Minister for COVID-19 Response
Minister of Research, Science and Innovation
Minister for Seniors
Associate Minister of Health
DDI: +64 4 817 8310 M: +64 21 806 285
Private Bag 18041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New Zealand