Acupuncture Treatment Subsidies

Mark Honeychurch made this Official Information request to New Zealand Post Limited

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From: Mark Honeychurch

Dear New Zealand Post Limited,

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,

Mark Honeychurch

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From: OIA Officer
New Zealand Post Limited

Dear Mark 
Thank you for your email.  We were unaware of this reference on the
Acupuncture NZ website and as we provide for no such subsidy by way of
internal policy we will ask for this to be removed from their website. 
Some employees do have access to a subsidised medical insurance scheme
with Southern Cross which may entitle members to cover for acupuncture
treatment but we do not hold information about how many take this up.
I hope that addresses your query.
Yours sincerely

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