Acupuncture Treatment Subsidies

Daniel Ryan made this Official Information request to Minister of Veterans' Affairs

Minister of Veterans' Affairs did not have the information requested.

From: Daniel Ryan

Dear Minister of Veterans' Affairs,

The Acupuncture NZ website claims that your organisation subsidises acupuncture treatments for staff, as can be seen on this web page:

I would like to know the following:

Going back as many years as is practically possible, how much has your organisation spent, for each year, subsidising acupuncture treatment for staff members.

Are there any other “alternative” treatments that your organisation subsidises for employees? If so, how much has been spent per year on each? For this question, “alternative treatments” includes, but is not restricted to, chiropractic, osteopathy and homeopathy. For a full list of alternative medicine treatments, see

I can confirm that I am a New Zealand citizen, and as such I am eligible to make Official Information Act requests.

Yours faithfully,
Daniel Ryan

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Gerard P. Wood | Private Secretary - Veterans' Affairs
Lieutenant Colonel 
Office of Hon Craig Foss

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Dear Mr Ryan
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Alma Shaw
Alma Shaw
Veterans’ Affairs
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