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From: Harold

Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

In response to an earlier request I made for information relating to DPMC's work to establish a mis/disinformation resilience strategic framework (OIA-2021/22-1234), you advised me that:

"DPMC’s COVID-19 Group chairs an inter-agency disinformation group, which has met fortnightly since 23 September 2021."

I have seen what is apparently the same group referred to as the "Interagency Coordination Group" which has been convened by DPMC "to support efforts to build resilience to false information" as in this document published on the Unite against Covid-19 website (p.9):

https://covid19.govt.nz/assets/Proactive...

I would like to request copies of the agenda and minutes of all meetings of this group, dated from the beginning of September 2021 to the end of March 2022.

Yours faithfully,

Harold

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Kia ora

Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) received on Tuesday, 7 June 2022, copied below.

We will respond to your request within the statutory timeframes set out in the Act. If we are unable to met these timeframes we will notify you. Please note, due to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's (DPMC) involvement in the government’s response to COVID-19, our timeliness to respond to requests may be impacted. If any additional factors come to light which are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to contact us so that these can be taken into account.

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Dear DPMC,

Thank you for your response. I would like to make a follow up request.

I would like to request:

ONE: The minutes, agenda and action points for all meetings of the COVID 19 interagency disinformation and online harms group held since the beginning of April 2022

TWO: If the standing agenda for this group has gone through any updates since the beginning of April 2022 I would like to request all versions of the standing agenda produced during this period

THREE: If DPMC produced any submissions, presentations or other items that were tabled or presented for 14 February 2022 alternate agenda item 3 (“Strategic view of disinformation landscape”) then I would like to request a copies of these documents

FOUR: I would like to request a copy of the “Working Group Terms of Reference” referred to in the 14 February 2022 alternate agenda (item 4)

FIVE: I would like to request a copy of the “Landscape Report” Request for Proposal and any other RFx documentation produced for the procurement of this “Landscape Report” (14 February 2022 alternate agenda item 5)

SIX: If the procurement of this “Landscape Report” has been awarded I would like to request the identity of the organisation it was awarded to

SEVEN: If the “Landscape Report” has been completed I would like to request a copy of it

EIGHT: I would like to request a copy of the “Work Plan (6 month goals)” referred to in the 14 February 2022 alternate agenda (item 8)

NINE: If any other “Work Plans” for the group have been produced since the one referred to in 14 February 2022 alternate agenda item 8, I would like to request copies of all these more recent work plans as well

TEN: I would like to request copies of any submissions, presentations or other items produced by the National Security Group that were tabled or presented for 24 March 2022 alternate agenda item 5c (“Quick fire updates… Disinformation wider landscape (NSG )”)

Yours sincerely,

Harold

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Kia ora,

 

Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA)
received on 27 July 2022, copied below.

 

We will respond to your request within the statutory timeframes set out in
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So at a time when the PM is being alleged to hide information so OIAs can not discover them we have an OIA that can not be fulfilled because no minutes were taken?????

If this doesn’t raise red flags then I’m not sure what will.

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If you feel strongly about the lack of minutes, complain either to the Chief Archivist, Archives NZ, or to the Chief Ombudsman. It ought to be normal, prudent practice (s17 of the Public Records Act https://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/publ...) to minute such meetings. Under s28(6) of the Official Information Act, the Chief Ombudsman can notify the Chief Archivist of matters that may be a breach of the Public Records Act. In this case, the request for minutes was declined because the information did not exist because the information was never created, even though there is a reasonable expectation that it should have been, ie, there was a failure to create records.

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From: Harold

Dear DPMC,

Thank you for your response. I would like to make a follow up request for the following:

ONE: In response to an OIA requested I submitted to DPMC earlier this year (Ref: OIA-2021/22-1563), I was told:

“In the last month, DPMC contracted The Disinformation Project… for two landscape reports and one deep dive report on a topic of choice.”

Quote from this response letter:

https://fyi.org.nz/request/20099/respons...

If this “deep dive report on a topic of choice” has been completed, I would like to request a copy of it.

TWO: I would like to request copies of the agenda and minutes (if any) for all meetings of the COVID 19 interagency disinformation and online harms group held since 28 July 2022.

THREE: I would like to request a copy of the current COVID 19 interagency disinformation and online harms group action log. For clarity, I mean the action log released to me in your 5 October response, here (pages 1 to 6):

https://fyi.org.nz/request/19609/respons...

But the action log as it currently stands, including closed and completed action points.

FOUR: On page 3 of the above document a “draft paper on the proposal for government response to misinformation” is referred to (action point 16):

“21-October-2021: Circulate to attendees draft paper on the proposal for government response to misinformation”

I would like to request a copy of the “draft paper” referred to here.

FIVE: On page 7 of the above document a “regular update to the system on false information key themes, media updates and tools available” is referred to, scheduled to be implemented by DPMC COVID-19 Group Comms Team beginning mid-March 2022. If these “regular updates” were produced, I would like to request the dates that they were issued.

SIX: On page 8 of the above document, “comms planning on the impacts of Russian disinformation given the Ukraine situation” by DPMC National Security Group is referred to. I would like to request a copy of this Russian disinformation-related “comms planning”.

Yours sincerely,

Harold

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Thank you for emailing the Department of the Prime Minister and
Cabinet (DPMC), including the National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA).   

Please note, DPMC is not able to respond to emails that are
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work of DPMC, we will forward your email to the appropriate Minister
or agency who will respond to you directly. To find out more about the
functions of DPMC please view our website - [1]https://dpmc.govt.nz/ 

 

If your correspondence is intended for the Prime Minister please email her
office at - [2][email address]. Contact information for other
Members of Parliament can be found at
- [3]https://www.parliament.nz/en/get-involve...

If you are writing about an issue relating to COVID-19, we encourage you
to first refer to the [4]COVID-19 website. Here’s a list of links that you
may find helpful: 

o [5]Current Alert Level
o [6]Latest Government COVID-19 information
o [7]Jobs, training and financial support
o [8]Travel and the border
o [9]Mental wellbeing, accessing health care and violence protection
o [10]Information for businesses
o [11]Proactive release of Government Response documents
o [12]Managed Isolation and Quarantine 

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please call your local GP or
contact the Healthline team on 0800 358 5453

Common Questions:

* Official Information Act (OIA) Requests will be formally acknowledged
during office hours and actioned accordingly. For more information
about the statutory OIA timeframes please see
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* For Job opportunities within DPMC please see
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this website to apply for vacancies, unfortunately resumes received
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New Zealand. Please see - [15]https://www.immigration.govt.nz/. 

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Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA)
received on 17 October 2022, copied below.

 

We will respond to your request within the statutory timeframes set out in
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Please note, due to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's
(DPMC) involvement in the government’s response to COVID-19, our
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factors come to light which are relevant to your request, please do not
hesitate to contact us so that these can be taken into account.

 

Your request will be managed by the Ministerial Services Team within DPMC.
If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us at
[1][DPMC request email].

 

DPMC may publish the response to your OIA request. If we publish the
response your personal information, including your name and contact
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Ngâ mihi,

 

Ministerial Coordinator
Ministerial and Business Services
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Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
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