New Zealand Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Trade
24 January 2023
195 Lambton Quay
Private Bag 18−901
T +64 4 439 8000
[FYI request #20951 email]
F +64 4 472 9596
Tēnā koe Scott
I refer to your email of 25 October 2022 in which you request the following under the Official
Information Act 1982 (OIA):
I would like to make a request for copies of three reviews referred to in MFAT’s 2022
ONE: On page 44, an internal exercise relating to the COVID-19 response is referred
“The Ministry also conducted an exercise to identify lessons from the Ministry’s
contribution to the All-of-Government COVID-19 response in the period June 2020 to
June 2022. The exercise was an opportunity to reflect on the Ministry-wide
coordination, coherence, and operational issues that would be relevant should we
need to undertake a similar response in future.”
I would like to request a copy of whatever report was produced to summarise the
outcomes of this exercise.
TWO: On page 37 an internal review of consular service is referred to:
“The Ministry has made substantial progress towards completing the implementation
of the changes recommended in the internal evaluation of the Ministry’s COVID-19
consular response, including the introduction to the House of a legislative amendment
to regularise the provision of consular loans where required.”
I would like to request a copy of this internal evaluation.
THREE: On page 49 a review of MFAT governance is referred to:
“The Ministry initiated a review of its Governance Framework in March 2022 to assure
senior leaders that fit-for-purpose arrangements were in place for effective
governance. The review provided an opportunity to improve the efficiency of delivery
and to ensure clarity of purpose.”
On 22 November 2022, we advised that the timeframes for responding to your request were
extended by 30 working days to 24 January 2023. Thank you for your patience.
The information relevant to your request is attached. Please note the ‘Lessons from the COVID-
document is in scope of your first two queries, while ‘Governance Review – Report
’ is in scope of your third query.
We have withheld some information under the following sections of the OIA:
e [MFAT request email]
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6(a): to avoid prejudicing the security or defence of New Zealand or the international
relations of the New Zealand Government;
9(2)(a): to protect individuals’ privacy;
9(2)(g)(i): to protect the free and frank expression of opinions by departments;
Where the information has been withheld under section 9 of the OIA, we have identified no
public interest in releasing the information that would override the reasons for withholding it.
Please note that we may publish this letter (with your personal details redacted) and enclosed
documents on the Ministry’s website.
If you have any questions about this decision, you can contact us by email at:
[email address]. You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the
Ombudsman of this decision by contacting www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone
0800 802 602.
Nāku noa, nā
for Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade